A MAN OF PATIENCE, PRAYER AND PROVISION

MARK 3:7-19

1. As you study the life of Jesus, what one characteristic is manifested in His life over and over again? (Hint: How does Mark present Jesus?).

His love, His compassion for the people. And that was manifested in His life as He served others, He was a servant of all! Mark 10:45 says "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

 

2. Read I Corinthians 1:26-29. What is Paul’s point?

That God is not looking for a person with the highest grade point average, who has the best job, is the best looking, but for a person who has a willing heart so that He may show Himself strong through. In II Chronicles 16:9 we read "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him..."

3. In the verses you just read in I Corinthians chapter 1, why does God do it that way?

So no man may take the glory, only God can receive it. If we are nothing, the fools of this world, who wants to brag about that? All you can brag about is what God has done in you and through you, giving Him the glory for it all!

A MAN OF PATIENCE, PRAYER AND PROVISION

MARK 3:7-19

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4. Again in I Corinthians chapter 1, the verses you have already read, do these verses give you any hope and why?

They should! God is looking at the heart not your ability. Moses had trouble talking, he may have had a stuttering problem, and yet God used him. It is not our ability, but our availability before God so that He may work in us and through us. A couple of verses to hold on to are: Philippians 2:13, "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure." And Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." And lastly, Philippians 4:19, "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

5. Read John 6:70-71. If Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray Him, why did He choose Him?

Because God gives everyone of us a choice in life. We can come to Him or we can reject Him. If there was no choice then there is no free will, and thus no real love. But because we have a choice to make, when we come to Christ it shows that we love Him. When we reject Him, it shows that we don’t love Him.