April 04, 2021: Episode 89 | Speaking of Fear
The message that sparked the conversation ... Fear...Like Onions, You Know?.
Some fears are lasting, others are temporary. What causes that change? This week we’re talking about the duel endings of Mark’s Gospel and passing fears.
(1) When was a time you experienced a fading fear of something or someone that/who turned out to be good?
(2) Why are we sometimes afraid of good things/people?
(3) How do you deal with fading fears of something/someone good as opposed to healthy fears of something/someone bad?
(4) The Gospel According to Mark describes fear as the initial evidence that God is doing something good. Mark shows us how human fear is a normal reaction to what God is doing in Jesus. For example, Mark tells us that Jesus' disciples were afraid when the storm obeyed Jesus (4:41). The people were afraid when he drove out demons (5:15). The woman was afraid after Jesus healed her (5:33). The disciples were afraid when they see Jesus walking on the water (6:50). And they're afraid as he's leading them up to Jerusalem (10:32). So, in chapter 16, verse 8, when Mark tells us that the women at the tomb are afraid, you know that it's just another sign that God is working. Listen to this section in Mark 15:37 - 16:8. What a word or phrase that "get you"?
(5) Reflecting on this, what are you getting to know more deeply about God's work in Jesus?
(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?