Control vs Relationship

October 15, 2023

Series: Christianity

Book: Mark

Scripture: Mark 2:13–17

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  1. If you could have more control over one aspect of your life, what would it be?
  2. If you had unlimited money and could go on a trip for 48 hours, where would you go?
  3. Read Mark 2:13–17. How does Jesus act towards Levi, the tax collector, in this story? What is his motivation? How do the Pharisees react to Jesus in this story? What is their motivation?
  4. How might the story have been different if Jesus’ words were “follow the rules” vs. “follow me?” What is the difference between these two statements?
  5. How have you seen the two different commands (follow the rules vs follow me) show up in your life, your faith, or the world around you?
  6. In what areas of your life do you find it most challenging to surrender control and trust God? Why is it difficult for you to let go in those areas?
  7. At the cross, Jesus gave up control and gave away His life because of his love for us. As we follow Him, what does it look like for us to give up control for the sake of love?
  8. In what way do you feel God wants you to surrender control to Him? How can we pray for you?

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