Bible Passage: Mark 13:14-27
God uses pressure in our lives to demolish old idols, warn against new idols, and give true hope for the future.
- Abomination of Desolation: The Worst (vs. 14-18)
- Tribulation: Specific Pressure (vs. 19-23)
- After that Tribulation: Future Hope (vs. 24-27)
Worship by renewing our minds:
- Where were we looking in God’s Word? Summarize it in your own words.
- Did you have any questions about certain words, the text, or what was said?
- What do you think God wants us to understand about this section of Scripture? What is the purpose of including it in the Bible (How does it point to Jesus)?
- What or who is going to appear that will set off a chain of responses in verses 14-18?
- During a time of pressure, who will appear to lead astray in verses 19-23?
- What will disappear after that tribulation and who will appear in verses 24-27?
Grow by engaging our hearts with God’s Word:
- What is the worst thing that has happened in your life that prompted you to run away, not turn back, and feel pity on those who could not get away?
- Has there ever been a time when you prayed, “not know Lord, anytime but now”? What were the circumstances?
- When was the last time Jesus entered the pressure of your life with great power and glory? What happened? How did you respond?
Serve a hurting world by enlisting our bodies:
- In what ways can you remind yourself that God is sovereign and has His eye on the timer when you are in the pressure cooker?
- What false hopes of rescue or false words of prediction do you seek to comfort yourself with in times of pressure?
- How do you plan on rehearsing what God has told you this week during/before the pressure sets in?