Monday, December 07, 2009

What Does Jesus’ Call Mean for Me?, Mark 2:1-3:6

Based on Mark 2:1-3:6, the lesson, “What Does Jesus’ Call Mean for Me?” teaches key principles from which we can extract three expectations Jesus’ has for His followers. In his lesson commentary, Mark Rathel summarizes these as follows:

1. Jesus calls me to reach out to sinners

2. Jesus calls me to live with a new attitude

3. Jesus calls me to meet the needs of others

To introduce the lesson, ask members to read the following list of complaints a manager has with an employee.

a. acts according to established norms versus doing what is needed

b. operates successfully only in predictable routine situations

c. tackles only trivial problems

d. inwardly focused and fails to exhibit any outward concern

e. task oriented, lack of understanding of the larger issues

Follow this by asking, “What would you do about this employee if you were the manager?” Then ask, “What would you do if you were the employee?” This should help class members to start thinking personally about the concept of expectations and what it may mean to them personally.

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