STUDY GUIDE FOR 4-14-19
Following Jesus: #6 – Facing Death
Think about life:
• What are your earliest memories about death, dying, and funerals?
• What is your most recent experience with death, dying and funerals?
• What would make a death “easy” or “hard”?
• Which death of a loved one or friend has been hardest for you and why?
• What has been the most helpful and least helpful things you’ve heard people say about death and dying?
Digging Deeper into Scripture:
• Read Mark 15:33
- There was a literal darkness for 3 hours before Jesus death. As a person approaches death today, how might they experience “darkness”?
- What are the pros and cons of this darkness before death?
• Read Mark 15:34
- Why did Jesus say what he did?
- Jesus’ words are a quote from Psalm 22:1. Read psalm 22. Talk about how it is a prophesy of what Jesus went through. Is it a Psalm of defeat or a Psalm of hope?
- What end of life situations cause people to feel abandoned by God?
- When people feel abandoned by God what do they need from us?
• Read Mark 15:33-36
- What was the confusion around Jesus’ words? What were they waiting for?
- What kind of confusion occurs when a person’s death nears, both for themselves or for their family?
- How can Scripture help steer us through our confusion?
• Read Mark 15:37-38
- What is the significance of the Temple curtain being torn in two, from top to bottom?
- Read Luke 23:46, which records Jesus’ last cry. How would you characterize Jesus’ last words? How do they compare to Jesus’ cry of abandonment in Mark. 15:34?
- What do we do at funerals that signal or talk about trusting God?
- Have you thought about what you would want your funeral to be about?
Scripture readings: Mark 15:33-41; Psalm 22; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:35-58