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Mark 12:13-17 | Week of February 28, 2016

February 29th, 2016

Chris Morton

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Welcome

Start by spending some unstructured time together. Eventually, transition to a welcome question, either general or specific.

  • General Question: What was the highlight of your past week? What was the roughest part?
  • Specific Question: Are you giving up anything for Lent? If so, what?

Lectio Divina

Listen

  • Begin with a few moments of quiet or a prayer.
  • Facilitator: “During the first reading listen for specific words or phrases that grab your attention.”
  • Have one person read the passage aloud.

Meditate

  • Facilitator: “During the second reading meditate on the text, asking God what it means.”
  • Have one person read the passage aloud.

Share

  • Facilitator: “After the third reading, share out loud the word or phrase that came to you.”
  • Have one person read the passage aloud.
  • Take this moment to share your word or phrase.
  • If you have time to go through the discussion questions, do so now.

Savor

  • Facilitator: “During the fourth reading savor Let go of words, and ask God to reveal how the text might affect your life this week.”
  • Have one person read the passage aloud.

Mark 12:13-17

Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”

But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied

Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

And they were amazed at him.

Discuss

Take your time to discuss the following questions. Make space to let everyone speak.

  1. What thoughts or emotions stir in you when you read this passage?
  2. Is there anything in the text you find discouraging or encouraging?
  3. What does this passage teach us about the nature of God?
  4. How might this affect the way you interact with the people who make up Austin Mustard Seed? How might this affect how you interact with neighbors (literal neighbors, coworkers, friends, etc.)
  5. What do you want to remember about this passage in the week to come?

Pray Together

Spend time praying together for hopes, dreams, joys and needs. Make sure at least one person records the prayers and sends them to the rest of the group.