Deep Clean. Jesus and the polluted streams of my heart (Mark 7:14-23) // 12
Published for Week 12 Semester 1, 2020
Scripture: Mark 7: 14-23
Speaker: Rowan Kemp
Series: Beyond opinion: The truth of Jesus
There are some friendly tips provided along the way, feel free to ignore them if you're already on the ball but if you need some suggestions they're there to help :)
Hope the slides were helpful last week! The slides for week 12 are in the link below. There's still a bit of work to do for the slides and feel very welcome to modify the slides to best suit your faculty needs :) Unfortunately, the videos aren't already embedded in the slides because the video links haven't been made public yet, but there are some instructions there to help you embed the videos onto the slide :)
As you all know, at EU, as seen in objective 3, awareness, prayer and support for the Less Reached and Less Resourced (LRLR) plays a huge role in what we believe. As such, a suggestion is to include a short LRLR segment during faculty gathering time. Of course, I'm sure many faculties have missionaries you as a group or individuals in your group support and we encourage you to continue sharing and praying for them or even invite them along.
However, if you're a bit time and resource-poor, DW! We've included a country below and in the slides which you can share and pray for :)
About Colombia: Colombia is rife with organised crime and corruption. Criminal cartels and the presence of drug trafficking cause violence and unrest. Any Christian who speaks out against organised crime faces threats, beatings or even death. Some political interest groups continue to call for a separation of religion and government.
Persecution in indigenous communities: Those who practise their faith in their communities face persecution and expulsion from their villages. Believers are accused of abandoning community norms and can be imprisoned for practising their faith.
Although predominantly labelled as a Christian country, Christian intolerance has increased in Colombia. Christian leaders have been extorted and abducted and have increased with criminal groups taking control of villages.
Areas for prayer
Believers will persevere and remain strong in their churches and in sharing the Gospel.
Pray that believers who are isolated in their villages and communities will be a shining light to their neighbours. Reflecting the goodness of Jesus and bring more people into God's kingdom.
Pray that believers will lean on God during this time of overt persecution and God's peace and provision will rest over them.
Encouraging story from Colombia: REUBEN: CHILD SOLDIER AT 7, PASTOR AT 15
If you have time you might like to look at this article from OpenDoors. It's an encouraging story of perseverance in the midst of persecution and God's love, mercy and grace in Reuben's life.
“Even though I was afraid, God showed me his powerful protection over my family. That is enough to continue His work. I will not leave here because the region needs to know much more about God.”
Friendly Tip: Feel free to use/modify this prayer or write your own if you feel compelled to do so. Feel free to also pray for your faculty or other prayer points you may have too.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for this wonderful day and for the continued opportunities we have in spending time together and praying together. With exams and assignments coming up, helps us to lean on you in moments of stress or anxiety. That we turn to you and not away from you. Help us to remember that in the midst of temporal pain, suffering or frustration there remains an eternal promise. A promise of life and peace with Jesus forever in heaven.
Lord, we also bring before you persecuted Christians around the world who are suffering in your name. We continue to pray for countries like Malawi, with more than half the population under the poverty line. As the access to resources such as bibles is limited, we pray God for your hand in this current financial hardship. Knowing you are a God who is in control over all things and in every situation. We also pray this week for Colombia, where many believers in villages face persecution for practising their faith. For those in the community who are isolated and afraid, bring comfort and strength to continue living for you. Give them an eternal perspective through their suffering, knowing that their hope rests in your saving grace.
We bring before you AnCon. Pray that we take the opportunity to grow together at AnCon, learning the unshakeable truth of Jesus’ Kingdom of life and peace. Lord open our hearts, especially for those of us who are nervous or hesitant about coming along to AnCon. Help us see this as a wonderful opportunity to grow in our faith, grow in our love for Jesus and see the importance of declaring Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
Finally, we pray for today’s time spent together. That we will be engaged and ready to listen to your word.
In Jesus name,
Bible Reading: Mark 7:14-23 (NIV)
14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” 
17 After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)
20 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
Pre-talk Discussion Questions
Friendly Tip: Rowan has prepared a short pre-talk question (below) for members to discuss. If you have time and capacity to discuss it, could split people up into breakout rooms sometime before the talk to discuss for a few minutes. So people have the question, the host can also broadcast the questions to all breakout rooms via chat :)
Share either a) one of the most pristine places you have ever visited, or b) one of the most polluted places you’ve ever visited. What emotions/feelings do you remember associating with that place?
Friendly Tip: The Video is 17 min long so please allow that much time in your schedule. Feel free to play it from here or from the slides too.
If you feel there'll be a problem, then feel free to message someone on the PM team and we can arrange for the mp4 video files to be shared with you weekly :)
[we just thought it'd be wise for the file to not be available on a public website lest any unwanted, editing occurs. Hope you understand :)]
Post-talk discussion questions
What do you think would be common responses if you were to survey 10 people on the street (observing social distancing, of course!) and ask them, ‘Why do you think you are ok with God?’
Which do you find harder to accept: a) Jesus ‘naming and shaming ’of the things that make us unclean, or b)Jesus meeting our uncleanness with inclusion and grace when we come to him in faith? Why?
What are some ways that we can remember Jesus’ cleansing and inclusion of us when we feel weighed down by our uncleanness?
Friendly tip: This week really encourage your faculty about registering for AnCon. You could get someone from your faculty to talk about registering for AnCon using this script provided below. Really get them excited! Emphasising it will be a new and exciting experience for everyone. Might be helpful to show your faculty the website, showing them where to register.
"Hey everyone! Just wanted to remind you that we are getting really excited to go to AnCon together! If you've never been before, don't worry--it's new for all of us this year because it's all online.
It starts on Monday night on the 27th of July and ends on Thursday night on the 30th of July. We'll be hearing some awesome teaching from Rowan on the Kingdom of God, there are tons of electives that the staff team are putting together that we can choose from, and there will be faculty time for us to hang out together as well.
Standard Rego - $40
First-Years - $30
Overseas during AnCon - $30
Investigating Christianity - FREE
Join us as we declare the good news of life and peace that comes with Jesus’ unshakeable Kingdom! In the meantime, follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date with the latest updates.
Registration is open now at sueu.org.au/ancon20
See you all there!"
[Does anyone want to ask any questions about AnCon right now? (Give people an opportunity to ask)]