Small Group Lesson
Read John 12:1-8
"1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served,while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”"
Throughout his ministry Jesus demonstrated and spoke about his identity. Mary knew who Jesus was and experienced his power firsthand. What does John 1 - 12 teach us about Jesus? As a group come up with at least five truths about Jesus.
Mary poured out her greatest possession at Jesus' feet. What things in life are most valuable to you? (Family, time, money, etc...)
How can you pour these things out at the feet of Jesus?
How do you react to Jesus' great commission to make disciples? Perhaps you think, “I'm not ready,” or “I don't know enough,” or “I cannot do it!” But our confidence is not in ourselves but rather in God who is working in us through his Spirit.
Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
God's “power at work within us” is his Holy Spirit. The same Spirit that empowered Paul and Jesus' disciples to preach empowers you. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is with you (Ephesians 1:19-20)! The Spirit will give you words when you don't know what is best to say (Luke 12:12). The Spirit will open the hearer's heart to listen to your message (Acts 16:14). The Spirit will help you have energy to make disciples (Colossians 1:29). Step out in faith to go and make disciples with the confidence that the Holy Spirit is working in you to do more than you imagine. Jesus has given you his promise: “I am with you always!” (Matthew 28:20).
Encourage One Another:
What opportunities has God provided to lead others closer toward knowing Christ?
How have you seen God working in the lives of those you want to lead to Christ?
Pray for One Another:
Share at least one name of someone you want to win to Christ. If you know, share your next action step in leading them closer to knowing Christ (for example: invite them to church, take them out to dinner and share your testimony, study First Steps together, give them a Bible or Christian resources, etc.).
Commit to praying for one another everyday: (1) For boldness and wisdom, (2) for opportunities, (3) for other’s open hearts.
Other Prayer Requests:
How can we pray for you?
Pray together about God’s Mission and other requests and thanksgivings.