- When have you experienced God seeking after you? What did that look like in your life? What happened?
- Take some time to read through the texts we will be studying today: Mark 2:13-17; 3:13-19; and 6:7-13. If you are with your Life Group read these texts out loud.
- In Mark 2:13-17, Jesus encounters Levi, who is a tax collector. As in our culture, tax collectors were not well-liked in Jesus’ day, being seen as representatives of the Roman oppressors. What do you think Levi, Jesus’ disciples, and others watching this encounter thought about what was happening here?
- From Mark 2:15-17, how would you describe the difference between Jesus and the Pharisees’ attitudes toward people in general, and more specifically toward tax collectors and sinners?
- Stepping back for a moment, would you describe your own attitude as more similar to that of Jesus or the Pharisees? Why?
- In Mark 3:13-19 and 6:7-13, Jesus selects twelve people and then sends them out on His mission. What do you notice about who these people are (or who they’re not)?
- From Mark 6:7-13, how would you describe how Jesus equips the twelve for their work? What does He give to them and what does He withhold from them?
- How would you describe the effectiveness of the twelve in ministry? Where did this effectiveness come from?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your sense of urgency in joining Jesus’ mission of seeking those who ‘need a doctor’? Why would you describe yourself in this way? What would it take to raise that level of urgency?
Next week we continue “The Real Jesus” series by looking at Mark 2:23-3:6 as Jesus addresses God’s provided rest in the Sabbath.