Week 51 | Section 60
This week our scripture passage is very brief – only two sentences that comprise three verses. Still their significance and the dialog that your small group will have will surely spark all sorts of activity and a greater sense of community.
The passage is exemplifies Jesus’ missional ministry, and includes two significant aspects – He was joined by “the twelve” (the apostles whom he had appointed (section 53) and a few women who’s lives had also been transformed by his ministry and who now offered significance financial assistance to the mission.
The focus of your small group dialog should focus on stewardship of our gifts and the way in which a community lovingly provides for one another. This is an imperative of believers in the Christian community. What will you do to further the Gospel and offer aid to those in your community?
Soon afterwards, he went about through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of God’s Kingdom. With him were the twelve, 2 and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; 3 and Joanna, the wife of Chuzas, Herod’s steward; Susanna; and many others; who served them from their possessions.
- Gundry and Thomas place this transition of ministry in the winter of AD 29, just 3 months or so since he appointed them as apostles (Sec 53).
- This marks a turning point in Phase 5 – Jesus’ missional phase of ministry. He went out and traveled from town to town in which he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God. This is not an earthly empire, but the Gospel of grace and truth provided by the promised messiah who sets people free from the law. This happens by the inward transformation of our souls, our minds and lifestyle. Not more obedience but an expression of love and gratitude. Not civic obedience or an institution but a movement that begins in our very souls.
- Its important to see how these women are both honored for their support of Jesus’ ministry but also for their testimony. Today its imperative to honor all members of the church, and equally important to help every member prepare and share their testimony – not just serve or give to support the ministry.
- The real Mary Magdelene
- Winter time around the Sea of Galilee was a pleasant time of the year. The temperatures don’t dip too low. Winter rains reinvigorate the region. (climate information)
- This week is ideal for your group to obtain a better understanding about the stewardship of our lives. Consider downloading our Field Guide for Ministry Discernment and Discipleship and encouraging one another to create a life of ministry springing forth from the life of Christ within them.
Small Group Dialog:
- To what ministry are you called?
You might want to have your group complete the surveys within the Field Guide for Ministry Discernment and Discipleship.
Take a moment to offer thanksgiving and prayers for those who have most recently supported you in ministry or helped you mature in the faith.
What needs do you have this week?
What are the needs of others? What will you offer your community, friends and family this week?