Palm Sunday

Rev'd Canon Henry Blair
SUn 25th Mar 2018

 

Life Group guidelines

 Mark 11:1-26

“Blinded by Religious Expectation & Failures”

 

 

 

            Can you think of a time when you couldn’t see the obvious – even when it was right in front of you?  Why could you not see the obvious?

 

            Can you think of any beliefs or views that you held to that you have changed your mind on over the years of being a Christian?  What were they and why have you changed your mind about them?

 

            If any of these beliefs were about God, as Father, or about Jesus’ ability to

 

to do something for you, or about the power of the Holy Spirit to enable you to do something, how did that change effect your relationship with God if it did? 

 

            How can we strengthen our faith when we realise that we have misunderstood something about God and perhaps a time of testing or hardship has shown that up? 

 

             The untruth that we accepted was our untruth and not God’s – as in the case of Jesus’ welcome into Jerusalem – many saw his task as obvious (to kick the Romans out and establish a Jewish Kingdom again) but it was different than expected but went to a much greater and a more revolutionary depth.  Could our wrong theology have caused us to miss God’s plans of greater and more revolutionary depth working in our lives?  

 

            As we welcome King Jesus into our lives and our family and our church – what might we sacrificially lay before Him as our act of welcome and worship?

 

            Jesus confronted the Temple institution for its failure to be a lightbearer to the nations and in the dramatic act of cursing the fig tree spoke judgement over it.  Could there be something within our thinking or doing (something where we are disobedient, unfaithful, neglectful, sinful) where we are failing to be what God is calling / expecting us to be that we need to repent of and be cleansed of, find forgiveness for?

 

             What could you go and do this week as an individual or Lifegroup in response to what you’ve heard and discussed tonight?

 

(AAA: Remembering the three A’s of doing the Word,

 

APPLICATION, APPLICATION, APPLICATION)