Seeing Jesus Clearly (Mark 8:22-26) // Week 13
Published for Week 13, Semester 1, 2020
Scripture: Mark 8:22-26
Speaker: Rowan Kemp
Series: Beyond opinion: The Truth of Jesus
Please download the slides for Week 13 and modify them for your faculty gathering as needed.
The EU continues to encourage faculties to be thinking and praying for people around the world who are Less Reached and Less Resourced (LRLR).
Feel free to ask your faculty members if there are any missionaries or people groups that they have been praying for, and encourage them to share and lead the faculty in prayer at this time.
If you are a bit short on time, here is some information from the Joshua Project on the Rajput People of India.
Rajputs have considerable status in Indian society, and high status often brings pride. Not many who are proud are willing to accept the free gift of eternal life which God offers through faith in his son, Jesus Christ.
Please pray for indigenous workers, often of humble origins, to have the will and opportunity to take the good news about Jesus to the Rajputs of North India.
It is unlikely there are followers of Jesus Christ among this people group at this time. However, we can pray for those who will soon come to saving faith. Pray the Lord will send teachers to help them begin to grow in numbers and spiritual maturity.
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,
We come before You now with praise and thanksgiving, knowing that You are a holy, gracious and loving God. This semester has been a time of great change, but we thank You for sustaining us in our studies to this last week. We thank You for our small group leaders, the EU Exec, Howies, staff workers and other ministry teams that have continued to served us faithfully and invest in our spiritual walk with You. We thank You for all the challenges we have faced and the ways that You have grown us over this season, and take comfort knowing that Your will for us is sanctification.
Father, we thank You for all the talks that have been prepared for us this semester, and that we have been encouraged to invite our non-Christian friends to come along. We thank You for the seeds that have been sown this semester, and ask that You would help us to keep trusting that You will water these seeds. Help us to see others' need for Jesus and give us the courage to respond to that need.
As we face final assignments and exams, we ask that Your peace would be us and guard our hearts. Help us to work hard for Your glory but also to take refuge in You and remember that You are our source of strength.
Finally, we ask that You would bless our time together. May You reveal Yourself to us in Your Word and transform us into the likeness of Your son, Jesus.
In Jesus' name we pray,
Bible Reading: Mark 8:22-26
22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”
24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.
Pre-talk discussion question
What do your non-believing friends think about Jesus? Who do they say he is?
1. What difference might it make in your life if you see Jesus as the Suffering King?
2. What difference might it make in your life if you see Jesus as the Glorious King?
3. Which of these (Jesus the Suffering King; Jesus the Glorious King) do you need more reminding of and why?
Continue to encourage your faculty to register 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 again 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!
You could also provide a time for people to ask questions about AnCon.