Date: May 7, 2017
Bible Text: | Pastor Stephan Bauer
Mark 3:13-19 – “Growing Deeper”
Sun. May 7th 2017 - Pastor Stephan
I. Growing Deeper in Koinonia with Other Believers Declares the Gospel.
koinonia means a sharing in, communion or spiritual fellowship with one another
A. Deep spiritual fellowship pictures the intimacy of Persons within God’s Triune Nature (Gen. 1:26-27).
B. Church fellowship is a sign of our restored relationship with God through Jesus (Rom. 15:7).
C. Jesus fulfilled His ministry calling in deep relationship with His disciples (Mark 3:13-19).
D. Koinonia proclaims gospel reality to a world that needs God (1 Thes. 2:8).
II. We were Created to Know and Be Known by God and One Another.
Questions for Study and Reflection
1. Recall a time or an event when you experienced a deep level of connection with a person or group outside of your biological family. What made this a memorable connecting time? Did you feel the desire to meet with this person or group again? Why or why not?
2. Do you believe that it is possible that in an age of instantaneous worldwide communication technology people feel lonely or isolated? Why or why not? Why factors would contribute to these feelings? What would prevent such feelings from re-occurring?
3. Read Rom. 15:7. Where have we failed to welcome one another? How have we confused welcoming with tolerating?
4. Read Mark 3:13-19. Why do you think Jesus called the twelve apostles to Himself? Why didn’t Jesus just keep with the large crowd? Is there any biblical evidence that even among the twelve there were some apostles that were closer to Jesus? If there is, why do you think this was so?
5. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of real spiritual fellowship? Was there similar fellowship in the early church (see Acts 2:46-47)? Do you agree with the points above? Why or why not?
6. What other ways does Scripture suggest that we can experience relational intimacy? Pray for the Holy Spirit’s leading in regards to whether or not you should be involved in small discipleship group fellowship.