(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 19- 25th March 2018)

ICE BREAKER: Have you ever experienced an ‘funny/comical’ situation that quickly changed into something more serious? How did you handle/manage this situation?

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Is 50:4-9a; Ps. 118:1-2, 19-29; Phil. 2:5-11 & Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16

  1. READ: Is. 50:4-9a and Ps. 118:1-2, 19-29: Isaiah is a call to obedience and the Psalm offers praise and thanks to God. In your own experience of obedience how have you been able to offer God your praise and thanks?
  2. The Psalmist refers to the ‘stone the builders have rejected’ has become the cornerstone. Jesus Christ is our foundation and righteousness. What has been your experience of Christ as the cornerstone – how has your faith grown?
  3. READ: Philippians 2:1-11. Paul gives us a description of Christ’s humility saying that we are to embrace the same mind of Christ ourselves. What do you think Paul meant by this?
  4. How can we learn if we are closed-minded? Is there anything within us that we need to lay down, set aside or die to in order that we remain receptive to what God has in store for us
  5. Some might say that being a disciple of Christ is to be gullible? What do you think of this statement, and if not gullible then what is it instead?
  6. READ: both Gospel passages. There is a danger in thinking – we know these passages, so read them carefully. It appears to be a joyful celebratory time. Yet, we wonder how Jesus sees this experience – what do you think Jesus saw and thought as we rode into Jerusalem
  7. Did you notice at the end of the Mark passage that Jesus went into the temple, looked around and left because it was already late. I wonder why Jesus did this – what do you think? How to you approach being ‘right’ in any given situation – when are you willing to let go and do/think what is for the greater good of all people?

NOTE: Prayers for SA & the World are posted on the website. Please encourage your group to pray together about these issues and during their personal devotional time in the week.