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  • 1. Fulfilling Your PotentialScriptural Reference: Mark 11:23; Hearing, Believing, Conceiving, and Releasing SHALOM CHRISTIAN EDUCATION MINISTRY April 12, 2012 Authored by: Shalom Christian Education Ministry, 2012
  • 2. Table of ContentsOverview – Instructions: ............................................................................................................................... 2Scriptural Reference – Mark 11:22-25 .......................................................................................................... 2Biblical Background of the Gospel of Mark: ................................................................................................. 2Lesson #1: Hearing - (The Word) .................................................................................................................. 4 Lesson Scriptural Reference:..................................................................................................................... 4 Scriptural Cross References, (NIV) ............................................................................................................ 4Message: ....................................................................................................................................................... 5Hands-on Exercise: ........................................................................................................................................ 5Questions to answer: .................................................................................................................................... 5Commitment: ................................................................................................................................................ 6 Today:........................................................................................................................................................ 6 Over the next 30 days: .............................................................................................................................. 6Lesson #2: Believe - (The Heart) ................................................................................................................... 7 Lesson Scriptural Reference:..................................................................................................................... 7 Scriptural Cross References, (NIV) ............................................................................................................ 7Message: ....................................................................................................................................................... 8Hands-on Exercise: ........................................................................................................................................ 8Questions to answer: .................................................................................................................................... 8Commitment: ................................................................................................................................................ 9 Today:........................................................................................................................................................ 9 Over the next 30 days: .............................................................................................................................. 9Lesson #3: Conceiving - (Seeing it as already done) ................................................................................... 10Lesson #4: Releasing - (Speaking and Acting on It) ..................................................................................... 13 Lesson Scriptural Reference:................................................................................................................... 13 Psalm 55:22; 1 Peter 5:7; Job 13:15; Psalm 37:4.................................................................................... 13 Message: ................................................................................................................................................. 13 Hands on Exercise ................................................................................................................................... 14 Discussion................................................................................................................................................ 15Shalom Christian Education – Teen Bible Study (Spring/Summer 2012) Page 1
  • 3. Overview – Instructions: 1. Engage participants in discussion on the Book of Mark, the author, period of writing and key topics in Mark 2. Rotate reading of the scriptures among student(s)Scriptural Reference – Mark 11:22-2511:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed,and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those thingswhich he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that yereceive them, and ye shall have them.11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father alsowhich is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.Biblical Background of the Gospel of Mark:John Mark is the author of this Gospel. It is believed that he was the attendant and writer for theApostle Peter. This is the same John Mark who traveled as a helper with Paul and Barnabas on theirfirst missionary journey (Acts 13). John Mark is not one of the 12 disciples.The Gospel of Mark was written to prove that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. In a dramatic and action-packed sequence of events, Mark paints a striking image of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Markillustrates who Jesus is as a person. The ministry of Jesus is revealed with vivid detail and themessages of his teaching are presented more through what he did than what he said. The Gospel ofMark reveals Jesus the Servant.The Gospel of Mark is the shortest of the four canonical gospels, most biblical scholars regard Mark asthe oldest of the four and a primary source for much of the material contained in Luke and Matthew.Mark is not, however, a "primitive" gospel despite its age and length. It also isn’t simply a collection ofearlier stories and traditions, even though the narrative style reflects popular storytelling techniques.The Gospel According to Mark is a theologically complex document that interweaves a number ofimportant themes in a manner that communicates its theology in both overt and subtle ways. Theword “gospel” comes from Greek and means the “good news” of some important event (like a birth ora victory). It appears often in Paul’s letters in reference to the significance of the person, life, andministry of Jesus.Shalom Christian Education – Teen Bible Study (Spring/Summer 2012) Page 2
  • 4. Some key concepts about Mark:  Mark is not meant to be a historical record of past events; instead, it is a series of events  It is also likely that Mark was intended to be read aloud rather than carefully studied in written form like a philosophy text  Material only found in Mark: 3:19-21 - Jesus family tries to restrain him, 4:26-29 - Parable of the seed growing on its own, 7:31-37 - Jesus heals a deaf man at Decapolis 8:22-26 - Jesus heals a blind man at Bethsaida, 14:51-52 - Naked young man flees after Jesus arrest, 16:14-18 - Commissioning of the elevenShalom Christian Education – Teen Bible Study (Spring/Summer 2012) Page 3
  • 5. Lesson #1: Hearing - (The Word)Lesson Scriptural Reference:Romans 10:17, Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard throughthe word of Christ. (NIV)Scriptural Cross References, (NIV): (Read, review, and study)Job 42:5 My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Galatians 3:2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing thelaw, or by believing what you heard?--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Galatians 3:5 Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, orbecause you believe what you heard?--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another withall wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------1 Thessalonians 2:13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God,which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God,which is at work in you who believe.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hebrews 4:2 For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message theyheard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.Shalom Christian Education – Teen Bible Study (Spring/Summer 2012) Page 4
  • 6. Message:The Bible shows us that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. You canachieve the potential that God has for you life through the Word.Hands-on Exercise:Take an empty cola bottle or plastic container and fill it half full of water. Then, take some vegetable oiland fill it the rest of the way. Then try to shake it with all your might, so it will become all mixed up.What happens? The moment you stop shaking, it begins to separate from one another, doesn’t it? Whatis the moral? The moral is that, by their very nature, oil and water do not mix. The same is true withGodliness and worldliness. But if that is true, it is true because there is too much world in each of us.You might say that we live here and we need to be in the world.Questions to answer:  We might need to be in the world, but does the world have to be in us? ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________  Do you have a situational example of when you knew the Word, and the Word is within you and you were exposed to a “situation” in the World? ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________In EPHESIANS 2:19, we are told that we are citizens and members of God’s household. We are no longercitizens of this world, and as the song says, “This World is Not My Home, I’m Just a Passing Through.”And since we belong to God; since we are citizens of heaven working as ambassadors here on earth; weneed to focus more on God and less on the world, but to do so, we need to make sure that we reallybelieve in God, and not just think we do.As God’s ambassador, what can you do, as a youth, to fulfill your potential?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Shalom Christian Education – Teen Bible Study (Spring/Summer 2012) Page 5
  • 7. Commitment:What does the Bible teach us about commitment? One feature of commitment is making a stand.Joshua chose to serve the Lord, to make a commitment. Scripture admonishes us to not be wishy-washy,to choose. Joshua 24:15 tells us "...if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose foryourselves this day..." The Bible reminds us that we need to commit to the spiritual path we havechosen and not be swayed by those who try to deter us from that path.To fulfill the potential that God has for you, make a commitment to do or change your behaviors inthree areas: 1) Hearing the Word 2) Living according to the Word 3) Getting more Word into youMy name is __________________________________________, today’s date is _____________I commit to:Today:Tomorrow is not promised to us. Accept or renew your commitment to Christ as your personal Savior.With this acceptance, what do you commit to do or change to Hear the Word, Live according to theWord, and get more Word in you: 1) _________________________________________________________________ 2) _________________________________________________________________ 3) _________________________________________________________________Over the next 30 days:Habits are formed in usually 20-22 days… As human beings, we are creatures of habit… What will you doevery day for the next 30 days to Hear the Word, Live according to the Word, and get more Word intoyou? 1) _________________________________________________________________ 2) _________________________________________________________________ 3) _________________________________________________________________Shalom Christian Education – Teen Bible Study (Spring/Summer 2012) Page 6
  • 8. Lesson #2: Believe - (The Heart)Lesson Scriptural Reference:John 20: 31, But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and thatby believing you may have life in his name (NIV)Scriptural Cross References, (NIV): (Read, review, and study)Matthew 4:3 The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to becomebread."--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Luke 1:35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High willovershadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------John 3:15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------John 5:24 "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal lifeand will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------John 19:35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tellsthe truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------1 John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may knowthat you have eternal life.Shalom Christian Education – Teen Bible Study (Spring/Summer 2012) Page 7
  • 9. Message:That ye might believe ... - This is a clue to the design which John had in view in writing this gospel. Thewhole scope or end of the book is to accomplish two objects:1. To prove that Jesus was the Messiah; and,2. That they who looked at the proof might be convinced and have eternal life.Hands-on Exercise:Take an empty cola bottle or plastic container and fill it half full of water. Then, take some vegetable oiland fill it the rest of the way. Then try to shake it with all your might, so it will become all mixed up.What happens? The moment you stop shaking, it begins to separate from one another, doesn’t it? Whatis the moral? The moral is that, by their very nature, oil and water do not mix. The same is true withGodliness and worldliness. But if that is true, it is true because there is too much world in each of us.You might say that we live here and we need to be in the world.Questions to answer:  We might need to be in the world, but does the world have to be in us? ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________  Do you have a situational example of when you knew the Word, and the Word is within you and you were exposed to a “situation” in the World? ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________In EPHESIANS 2:19, we are told that we are citizens and members of God’s household. We are no longercitizens of this world, and as the song says, “This World is Not My Home, I’m Just a Passing Through.”And since we belong to God; since we are citizens of heaven working as ambassadors here on earth; weneed to focus more on God and less on the world, but to do so, we need to make sure that we reallybelieve in God, and not just think we do.As God’s ambassador, what can you do, as a youth, to fulfill your potential?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Shalom Christian Education – Teen Bible Study (Spring/Summer 2012) Page 8
  • 10. Commitment:What does the Bible teach us about commitment? One feature of commitment is making a stand.Joshua chose to serve the Lord, to make a commitment. Scripture admonishes us to not be wishy-washy,to choose. Joshua 24:15 tells us "...if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose foryourselves this day..." The Bible reminds us that we need to commit to the spiritual path we havechosen and not be swayed by those who try to deter us from that path.To fulfill the potential that God has for you, make a commitment to do or change your behaviors inthree areas: 4) Hearing the Word 5) Living according to the Word 6) Getting more Word into youMy name is __________________________________________, today’s date is _____________I commit to:Today:Tomorrow is not promised to us. Accept or renew your commitment to Christ as your personal Savior.With this acceptance, what do you commit to do or change to Hear the Word, Live according to theWord, and get more Word in you: 4) _________________________________________________________________ 5) _________________________________________________________________ 6) _________________________________________________________________Over the next 30 days:Habits are formed in usually 20-22 days… As human beings, we are creatures of habit… What will you doevery day for the next 30 days to Hear the Word, Live according to the Word, and get more Word intoyou? 4) _________________________________________________________________ 5) _________________________________________________________________ 6) _________________________________________________________________Shalom Christian Education – Teen Bible Study (Spring/Summer 2012) Page 9
  • 11. Lesson #3: Conceiving - (Seeing it asalready done)Instructions: 1) Review Scriptures individually and in a group setting 2) Discuss how they impact your life 3) Select one or two of the scriptures, reflect how you know God knows you and he has a plan for your life… 4) Select one or two of the scriptures, discuss how these scriptures reveal to you how God has conceived the plan for your life and how you see it as already done! GOD KNOWS YOU AND HE HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE (Exodus 33:17 NKJV) So the LORD said to Moses, "I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name." (2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJV) "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars." (Psalms 34:14-15 NKJV) Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. {15} The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry. (Psalms 100:3 NKJV) Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. (Psalms 139:14-18 NKJV) I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. {15} My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. {16} Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. {17} How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! {18} If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.Shalom Christian Education – Teen Bible Study (Spring/Summer 2012) Page 10
  • 12. (Psalms 145:8-10 NKJV) The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. {9} The LORD is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works. {10} All Your works shall praise You, O LORD, And Your saints shall bless You. (Proverbs 5:21 NKJV) For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He ponders all his paths. (Proverbs 15:3 NKJV) The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good. (Isaiah 43:1-3 NKJV) But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. {2} When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. {3} For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.Reflections:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Shalom Christian Education – Teen Bible Study (Spring/Summer 2012) Page 11
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  • 14. Lesson #4: Releasing - (Speaking andActing on It)Lesson Scriptural Reference:Psalm 55:22; 1 Peter 5:7; Job 13:15; Psalm 37:4Message:The bible teaches us to “cast all your cares upon me”….Realistically, how many of us actually do this “without” trying to fix the situation ourselves? Iwould estimate a very low percentage. Learning to “let go” and “let God” is not as easy as itsounds, however, the bible reassures us to …”Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustainyou; he will never let the righteous fall.” Ps 55:22 and “Cast all your anxiety on him because hecares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7For example let’s consider Job’s trials. Job said: “Though he slayme, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways beforehim.” Job 13:15 KJVThe taunting, “Worry Syndrome”I pose the question, if you’re in constant turmoil and worrying, whydo you pray? Is it just something you do because it’s tradition? Or,do you truly seek God for peace and understanding? Forming a “real” relationship with Godprovides a sense of security, revelation knowledge and mostly, “a peace that surpasseth allunderstanding.”The bible says to delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Ps37:4) What we should understand mostly from this passage is the fact that there is a process oflearning just how to “delight yourself in God.”Shalom Christian Education – Teen Bible Study (Spring/Summer 2012) Page 13
  • 15. Hands on ExerciseAre you willing to go through the process? If so, here are a few suggestions to get you started onyour blessed journey – Write down your thoughts for each of the steps:First, pray and sincerely ask the Holy Spirit to order your footsteps as you prepare to read God’swords and describe your plans to “release”: 1. Clear your mind of all self-thoughts of how you “think” it should be. (As Paul stated to the Corinthians in 1 Corin 14:36; “Do you think that the knowledge of God’s word begins and ends with you Corinthians? Well, you are mistaken!”) - ____________________________________________________________________ 2. Be prepared to push your way through negative temptations of things like, “I don’t understand what I’m reading” or “this doesn’t make any sense” or “I don’t have time to read” or “every time I try to read the bible, I get sleepy” (well, perhaps you do but, understand that the enemy doesn’t want you to read it, speak boldly and declare the good works of the Lord that you have already conquered the enemy and you’re on your way to a victorious life in Jesus Christ!) and continue to read. (Ref: “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Matt 26:41) ____________________________________________________________________ 3. Make it a point to read at least 3 scriptures per day. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to place these readings in your spirit so that when it’s time for you to use them, He will bring them back to remembrance. ____________________________________________________________________ 4. Don’t “try” so hard. God knows your heart. A sincere heart towards Him will produce results. ____________________________________________________________________ 5. STOP stressing. When you find yourself going to a place of stress, having tantrums or rebellious actions – STOP and ask yourself, “what do I look like to God right now?” Did you know that God knows what are needs are long before we do? Let go and let Him do what He promises all throughout His message. But, if you feel you must continue through a tantrum, afterwards, repent (ask for forgiveness), shake the dust and renew your mind to the will of God. Note: “Discouragement, depression, and self-pity are the result of problems and adversity for some. For others, problems are a challenge and help bring about faith, trust and victory.” ____________________________________________________________________ 6. Be willing to go through your storm! Pick up your cross and humbly carry it to its destination! God is able to use us for His glory when we’re willing to pursue the purpose He intended for us long ago. ____________________________________________________________________ 7. Place yourself in environments and with people that are positive and encouraging. ____________________________________________________________________ 8. Instead of the “me, oh my” syndrome, with a sincere heart, pray for others. ____________________________________________________________________ 9. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to your own understanding.” ____________________________________________________________________Shalom Christian Education – Teen Bible Study (Spring/Summer 2012) Page 14
  • 16. 10. What behavior in your life will you change, so that you can speak and act on “releasing?” ____________________________________________________________________DiscussionDid you know that doubt and faith couldn’t exist in the samebody?For example, have you ever found yourself in a conversationsaying, “I know I should be stronger than this, oh yes I havefaith BUT, I’m human too, and sometimes it just gets toohard.”? The mind can sometimes be our worst weapon against self; however, the fact that we candismiss negativity by adding positives allows us to be over comers! It is unwise (and impossible)to seek the Lord through “worldly” eyes.God is a spirit and the bible informs that we must seek Him in spirit and in truth. There are morescriptures that support this biblical principal… identify them in the space provided below: 1. ____________________________________________________________________ 2. ____________________________________________________________________ 3. ____________________________________________________________________ 4. ____________________________________________________________________ 5. ____________________________________________________________________ 6. ____________________________________________________________________ 7. ____________________________________________________________________ 8. ____________________________________________________________________ 9. ____________________________________________________________________ 10. ____________________________________________________________________Shalom Christian Education – Teen Bible Study (Spring/Summer 2012) Page 15