Isaiah 53:4-12; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:45
Christ our High Priest and Sacrifice
- When you read Isaiah 53:4-12 how does it make you feel?
- How would you explain to an inquiring person who was not a Christian what this passage means?
- What are the consequences of our sins? (Romans 6:23) Why cannot God simply “let us off” if we are sorry? Why did Jesus our high priest have to die? (Mark 10:45)
- Read Hebrews 4:14-15. What difference do these verses make in your day to day life?
- The author of this letter writes, “Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) Why is it not presumptuous for us to approach God with boldness? When and how have you been the recipient of God’s Grace and mercy in your life?
Isaiah 59:9-20; Psalm 13; Mark 10:46-52
- The psalmist in Psalm 13 begins by crying out in lamentation to God: ‘How long, O Lord’? Fr. Jonathan said in his sermon that lament is the posture of someone who has hope rather than the posture of someone in despair. Does that idea resonate with you? Why or why not?
- Pray Psalm 13 aloud together, and then lament before God together in prayer the brokenness of world and of our own lives, that ‘justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us’, that ‘we look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows’ (Isa. 59:9-20). Ask Christ to return quickly, and to bring his justice and righteousness to the earth.
- Read the story of Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52. After a period of silence, read it again and imagine yourself as Bartimaeus in the story. Imagine that you have been crying out ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me’ and Christ has heard you and come to you. Now he stands before you, looking directly at you, and he says to you, ‘What do you want me to do for you’? Answer that question. If you are comfortable enough to share your answer, do so with the group.
Hebrews 3:1-6; Mark 10:17-31
- On Sunday, Canon Jonathan commented on the way the writer to the Hebrews briefly compares and contrasts Moses and Jesus. What are some of those points of comparison and contrast in Hebrews 3:1-6?
- God gave the Law (The Ten Commandments) through Moses. Jesus came, not to abolish the law but to fulfill the law (Mt 5:17). Jonathan spoke of how we see this played out in the account of the rich man who came to Jesus in Mark 10:17-31, particularly in the way that the rich man had obeyed many of the Ten Commandments (10:19-20) and yet had failed to understand the first commandment to have no other gods. Why do you think the man went away, when invited to follow Jesus? How could anyone trade having many possessions for eternal life?
- Jonathan suggested that Jesus’ summary of the law, that the celebrant says every Sunday morning: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…” is like a grenade that can blow up your life. How so? When have you found the summary of the law to be most challenging in your life?
- What sorts of things, people or circumstances come between you and your obedience to love God with all your heart and soul and mind? In what circumstances do you find it difficult to trust God? How might vs. 28-31 speak into those challenges?
There will be a 10am Service of Holy Eucharist at Ascension’s parish retreat. Because so many people are away at the parish retreat in Laurelville, PA, our regular 9am service at Ascension is cancelled today. Any who would like to join those at the retreat for worship are welcome. Directions to Laurelville Mennonite Church Center can be found at www.laurelville.org.
Interested in learning more about Ascension? Anglican history? Contemplating membership? Want to get to know clergy and staff? Please join us on Saturday, Oct 13 from 9am through lunch for a great morning designed for those who are brand new and just want to know a bit more about the church, as well as for those who want to become members. A continental breakfast will be served, and we’ll have pizza for lunch. The morning includes a quick tour of the Nave. Childcare will be provided. To RSVP, fill out the insert in today’s bulletin and place it in the offering plate, fill in the form online, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Dinner and Compline’ for Young Adults takes place on the first Thursday of each month. We are happy to feature former Ascension Youth Director, Sarah Laribee, who is home for a year after teaching the past 4 years in the Kurdish region of Iraq.
For more information on Bible Study fellowship, please visit this link.
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