Family Devotional #49

Posted by Kim McDonald, Category: Announcements, Church News, Family Devotionals,

The Gospel According to Mark Week # 49
OBJECTIVE: To read about and discuss the life of Jesus, applying his teachings to our lives.
Feasting on the Word: Mark, Chapter 13 (As you read, notice the warnings!)
Family Discussion:
(13:1-13) Why do you think God had the Temple destroyed? (vs. 1f, 2 Chronicles 36:17-21; Jeremiah 26:18)
(13:5) Why do you think God allows deceivers to exist? (I Corinthians 11:19) Why are “many deceived” about Christ today? What is the best defense against being deceived? (Acts 17:11; II Timothy 2:15, Psalm 109:105)
(13:8) Do you think that famines, earthquakes, and physical phenomenon on earth will warn Christians of the coming end? What will, according to the apostle Paul, in 1 Thessalonians 5:1f?
(13:10) Did Jesus say the gospel must be preached to all nations before the end of time? Has that already happened? (Colossians 1:23)
(13:11) How does the Holy Spirit speak to us today? (2 Peter 1:20f, 2 Timothy 3:16f)
(13:13) What is implied by the statement “he who stands firm to the end shall be saved”?
(13:14-37) Have we been warned of deceivers? (vs. 22f; II Peter 2:2, I John 4:1) According to verse 32, who is the ONLY one who knows when the end of the world will be? Discuss the parable Jesus used to illustrate that no one knows when the Lord will come again. Are you watching for Jesus’ second coming? Should you? Should you even long for it? (I Peter 3:12)
Challenge: If there are small children in your family, let them act out the parable of verses 32-37. If not, discuss some ways that you can keep it fresh in your mind that the Lord could come again at any moment. What does it mean to “be ready”?