CG Questions: Jesus, Blasphemy, & God's Family

Mark 3:20-35  //

[20] Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. [21] And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”
[Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit]
[22] And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” [23] And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? [24] If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. [25] And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. [26] And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. [27] But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.
[28] “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, [29] but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—[30] for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”
[Jesus' Mother and Brothers]
[31] And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. [32] And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” [33] And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” [34] And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! [35] For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”

Questions  // 

1.  Read the above passage out loud.
-  What are some things that stand out to you within the passage?
-  Is there any part of the passage that is confusing to you?  Which part?
-  What can we see about God in the passage?
-  What do you see about man in the passage?

2.  John talked about Jesus being the one who binds the strong man (Satan) to plunder his goods (people in the bondage of sin and legal possession of the Devil).  Read 1 Peter 2:9-10: "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."
-  Based on those verses, what is part of Jesus' mission on earth?  (Transfer us / rescue us / ransom us from the dominion of darkness and place us in His kindgom... ie: save us and set us free)
-  What are some things that Jesus has saved you and set you free from?

3,  John pointed out that Jesus is not in Heaven in a cosmic light-sabre battle against Satan and barely winning.  Jesus is the Risen and Reigning King.  He has overcome the power of the grave and has given us the Holy Spirit to live by faith in Him.  Take a 3 or 4 minutes for each person to read Romans 6:1-14 by themselves.
-  What stands out in those verses?  What does it say about Jesus?  about us?
-  What does that passage mean for us right now?  What are the implications of those verses for us today, in this moment?

4.  We intellectually know that Jesus is stronger than Satan and that Satan's grip and sin's power over us have ultimately been defeated in our lives through the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Yet, at times we allow lies to influence our thinking about God and ourselves that are contrary to the Truth.
Read 2 Corinthians 10:4-5: "For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.  We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ..."
-  What does Paul do about arguments, opinions, and lies that set themselves up against the Truth?
-  Remember, Jesus is stronger than our greed, lust, impurity, shame, bitterness, fear, unbelief, unforgiveness, anger, covetousness, and every other thing past or present that entangles us.
-  With that in mind, are there any prevailing lies that you keep believing about yourself or about God? 
-  (Take time to actually get silent and wait on the Lord)  If Jesus walked into the room tonight (which He does every time we meet via the Holy Spirit), what truth would He tell you?  What would He call you out of?  What healing words would He speak to you? 

Ministry  //

Be encouraged and find hope in the fact that we are in a life long process of sanctification (Romans 6:19-22).  God is the Author and Perfecter of your faith which is of more worth than gold.  He loves you and is covenentally committed to you (Romans 6:14). 
Break up in twos or threes and share or confess any lies that the Holy Spirit brings to mind and what they think or feel like Jesus would share with them.  Then pray for each other.