Hey I value any (constructive) pertinent insights, questions, thoughts or opinions that you might have regarding the main point or core message of the passage I am working on for this coming Sunday. Thanks your involvement is appreciated!
Mark 4:21–25 (The Message)
21 Jesus went on: “Does anyone bring a lamp home and put it under a washtub or beneath the bed? Don’t you put it up on a table or on the mantel? 22 We’re not keeping secrets, we’re telling them; we’re not hiding things, we’re bringing them out into the open. 23 “Are you listening to this? Really listening? 24 “Listen carefully to what I am saying—and be wary of the shrewd advice that tells you how to get ahead in the world on your own. Giving, not getting, is the way. 25 Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.”
Q:What do you think Mark is saying in 4:21-25 THEN:
Q: What do you think Mark is saying 4:21-25 NOW (TODAY):
Q: How do you think what Mark is saying APPLIES to our lives today:
• What does this point mean for the non Christian?
• What does it mean for us as citizens, as employees, and so forth?
• What does it teach us about Christ?
• What does it mean for us as individual Christians?
• What does it mean for our church as a whole?
Q: In your opinion does the main point or core message of this text counter one or more of these false contemporary worldviews.
• Individualism — the false story that “I” am the center of the universe
• Consumerism — the false story that I am what I own
• Nationalism — the false story that my nation is God’s nation
• Moral relativism — the false story that we can’t know what is universally good
• Scientific Naturalism — the false story that all that matters is matter
• New Age — the false story that we are gods
• Postmodern tribalism — the false story that all that matters is what my small group thinks
• Salvation by therapy — the false story that I can come to my full human potential through inner exploration
• Moralism— the false belief that the Gospel can be reduced to improvements in behavior
• Traditionalism — Adherence to tradition, especially in cultural or religious practice. Or a system holding that all knowledge is derived from original divine revelation and is transmitted by tradition.