March 21, 2021: Episode 87 | Speaking of Underdressed
The message that sparked the conversation ... But He Is Strong.
Is it worse to be overdressed or underdressed...or not dressed at all? Jump into a discussion about pride, shame, and the naked guy in Mark chapter 14.
(1) What's worse, showing up underdressed or overdressed? Share your first name and your answer (with no explanation just yet). After everyone introduces themselves, take a moment to explain your answer ...
(2) When was a time you remember being embarrassed about your clothing (or lack-of)?
(3) Why do we care about how we're dressed?
(4) There's an embarrassing detail about clothing included in Mark chapter 14. An unnamed young man (some think it may be Mark himself) was hanging around with Jesus and his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane that fateful night. For some reason, he was only wearing a sheet. It could have been that he wanted to be "stripped for battle" and ready to fight (this was a common idea in Greco-Roman culture), or that he rushed straight from bed without taking time to get dressed. Either way, by running in shame, he becomes a symbol (a living parable) for all the disciples. They all thought they were strong (Mark 14:31), but they were "wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked" (cf., Revelation 3:17). As you listen to Mark 14:10-72, what's another word or phrase that stands out to you? Why did that get you?
(5) Reflecting on this, what are you getting to know more deeply about Jesus and God the Father?
(6) How is this good news for you?
(7) Coming away from this conversation, what do you want to say to people in your household, congregation, or neighborhood?