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SGQ - March 10, 2019

03.10.19 | Small Group Questions | by Jeff Lincicome

SGQ - March 10, 2019

    Mark 15:16-21

    Luke 9:23-25


    1. We all have a unique and individual view of the cross of Jesus Christ through our backgrounds, experiences, and upbringings. When did you first learn about the cross? How was it presented to you? What does it mean to you today?

    2. The details Scripture uses are important to recognize. Simon has two sons, Alexander and Rufus, who witness their father being conscripted in to carrying Jesus' cross. Why do you think Mark includes this seemingly useless detail?

    3. It seems clear from the text that Simon did not volunteer to carry Jesus' cross. Instead, he was "compelled" to do it, ordered by the Roman guards to leave what he was doing (including his two boys) to do this. Jesus said in Luke, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." Some crosses we choose to pick up; others are thrust upon us. Think about some of the crosses you have born in your life. What crosses did you choose to pick up? Which were thrust upon you? What did God do in you through their bearing?

    4. Tradition has it that Simon's sons, Alexander and Rufus, became believers in Jesus Christ and missionaries in the ancient church. It is helpful to remember that people are watching as we bear our crosses for Jesus Christ. Who in your life has been an inspiration in the way they have born the cross of Christ? What did they teach you? What did their witness compell you to do?