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• Welcome  everyone  back!!

   ~introduce  myself,  im  not  human  but  I  will  try  to  
set  the  best  example  I  can.  I’m  no  Michelle,  I  am  Aubry  and  will  be  a  little  
different.    I  would  love  feedback  and  commentary  as  well  as  requests  about  
what  exactly  youd  like  to  get  out  of  our  times  together.

 

• Go  around  and  share  what  you  did  this  summer;  what  God  blessed  you  with  
and  what  he  could  help  you  with.  
• Write  down  new  goals  for  the  semester  to  be  prayed  over  and  find  ways  in  
which  God  (and  study  members)  can  help  you  
New  Beginnings  
 


The  beginning  of  Mark  is  about  the  preparation  of  Jesus’  arrival.    “Prepare  the  
way  for  the  Lord,  make  straight  paths  for  him”  
~  What  are  some  ways  we  can  straighten  our  own  paths  out  in  the  beginning  
of  the  year  to  set  the  right  tone  for  what  we  want  to  accomplish?  
John  the  Baptist  appeared  to  help  people  repent  for  their  sins….  How  willing  
would  any  of  us  be  to  admit  our  sins  to  a  stranger?    Is  that  easier  than  
admitting  things  to  our  friends  who  know  us  well?    How  many  of  us  would  
like  a  clean  slate?  
****  Use  this  first  semester  as  an  opportunity  for  a  clean  slate!  You  can  be  
exactly  who  you  want  to  be  if  you  set  your  ways  early!  
 
 
 
After  Jesus  was  baptized,  he  was  “in  the  wilderness  forty  days  being  temped  
by  Satan.”  What  are  some  temptations  that  may  get  in  your  way?    How  hard  
is  it  to  say  no?      What  are  some  of  your  tricks  to  beat  that  temptation?  (it  
could  be  as  simple  as  watching  too  much  Netflix  or  eating  that  extra  slice  of  
pizza)    
 
“I  baptize  you  with  water,  but  he  will  baptize  you  with  the  Holy  Spirit”  
 We  are  all  human,  so  when  we  do  go  off  of  our  ideal  straight  path,  what  are  
some  ways  to  renew  and  refocus?  (pray,  write  in  a  diary,  take  a  hot  shower  
after  a  night  of  regrets…)    Try  to  remember  these  methods  whenever  you’re  
are  beginning  to  feel  lost!  
 
Verses  on  focus:  
Colossians  3:2    Set  your  mind  on  things  that  are  above,  not  on  things  that  are  
on  earth.  
 
Matthew  6:33  But  seek  first  the  kingdom  of  God  and  his  righteousness,  and  
all  these  things  will  be  added  to  you.  

Matthew  6:24  No  one  can  serve  two  masters,  for  either  he  will  hate  the  one  and  
love  the  other,  or  he  will  be  devoted  to  the  one  and  despise  the  other.  You  
cannot  serve  God  and  money.  
 
 
Closing  thought:  as  the  semester  goes  on,  we  may  feel  like  we  are  
occasionally  losing  control.    Find  comfort  in  knowing  God  has  a  plan  for  each  
and  every  one  of  you.  It  may  be  frustrating  to  not  always  know  the  end  game  
of  these  plans  but  trust  in  Him,  He  knows  what  is  best  for  us.    Use  this  new  
beginning  to  make  the  best  version  of  yourself.    
Philippians  2:13  “for  it  is  God  who  is  at  work  in  you,  both  to  will  and  to  work  
for  His  good  pleasure.”  
 
Jen:  Lauryns  mom  
Kelly  and  her  family  
Tina’s  sister  
Janelle’s  grandma’s  recovery  
Laney’s  grandmas  
Jens  friend  Micah  
 
 
Notes  for  Mark  Week  2  
~Highs  and  lows  for  the  week.  
~Shout  out  some  people  you  admire;  people  you  look  up  to  and  follow.  
(Beyonce)  à  confidence  is  key.    Knowing  what  you  are  doing  is  something  
you  believe  in  and  feel  passionate  about.  
~Has  there  ever  been  a  time  when  you  did  not  stand  up  for  something  that  
was  right?  
 
Observations:  fishermanà  Simon/Andrew    James/John  
FOLLOW  three  times  
All  of  the  fisherman  left  something  important  (jobs,  livelihood,  identity,  
control,  comfort,  consistency)  behind  to  them  to  follow  Jesus  
~What  are  some  important  things  in  your  life?  (family,  dog,  sisters)    Could  
you  walk  away  from  these  things  if  a  stranger  asked  you  to?  
“At  once  they  left  their  nets  and  followed  him”    ~What  are  some  nets  or  
setbacks  in  your  own  life?    What  or  who  can  hold  you  back  from  being  a  
leader  or  standing  up  for  what  is  right?  
Jesus’  movement  is  continuous  and  purposeful-­‐-­‐(Greek  recruitment)  
~What  are  some  qualities  of  a  leader?  What  makes  you  want  to  follow  
someone?  
~When  do  you  feel  the  most  confident?    What  some  tricks  to  overcome  your  
fears  of  leading  or  standing  up  to  what  is  right?  
With  recruitment  coming  up,  what  are  some  ways  our  movements  can  be  
purposeful  and  admirable?      

 
Interpretation:  Why  fisherman?  Is  there  significance?  **Who  are  the  
fisherman  in  our  life?  (PNMs,  younger  siblings  etc)  
What  was  the  cost  to  follow  Jesus?  
What  would  cause  someone  to  follow  someone  else?  (leadership,  confidence,  
be  the  example  and  role  model  that  would  cause  others  to  follow  you)  
What  did  they  gain?  (purpose,  potential  promise  of  a  better  life,  a  higher  
calling)    
What  can  you  gain  by  following  the  right  people?  
What  can  others  gain  by  following  you?  
 
Application:    What  would  it  cost  you?    What  kind  of  aspects  would  make  you  
a  leader  that  someone  would  want  to  follow?    Who  are  the  fishermen  in  your  
life?    Do  you  want  to  be  fishers  of  men  or  just  fisherman  (IDENTITY)?  What  
are  some  barriers  in  our  way  to  follow  Jesus?  
 
Closing  thought:    After  this  week’s  turmoil,  we  need  to  set  our  own  standard.    
Be  the  women  that  you  would  choose  to  follow.    Lead  with  the  confidence  
and  grace  that  I  know  you’re  all  capable  of!!    Even  when  its  hard  to  let  go  of  
those  nets  holding  some  of  us  back,  remember  that  you  have  all  of  us  and  
Jesus  behind  you.  
     
Verses  on  self-­‐confidence:  
Phillipians  4:13  I  can  do  all  things  through  Christ  which  strengthens  me.  
 
Hebrews  13:6      We  may  boldly  say,  the  Lord  is  my  helper  and  I  will  not  fear  
what  man  shall  do  unto  me.  
 
Hebrews  10:35-­‐36  Cast  not  away  therefore  your  confidence,  which  hath  
great  recompense  of  reward.  
 
Prayer  requests:  
Amber’s  cousin  moving  
Jake’s  family  
Rachel’  grandpa  
Janelle’s  grandma  
Laney’s  mom  
Kelsey  Hug  
Allie’s  brother  
Lauryns  mom  
Camille’s  grandpa  
Rose  Shelley  
 
 
Attendance:  
Rachel  bowen  

Alyssa  foster  
Haley  maines  
Jen  vermeulen    
Michelle  nemmers  
Bri  fitzsimmons  
Emily  debear  
Lauryn  Marchert    
Allie  Coggins  
Jen  Josey  
Janelle  McLaughlin  
Amanda  Macielak  
Laney  Dillon  
Amber  Karadsheh  
 
 
WEEK  3  
Observations:  
Repetitionà  Jesus  telling  demons  to  be  quiet;  teaching  5X  
Contrast-­‐  Jesus  vs.  TOL  
People  are  amazed  by  Jesus’  teaching;  he’s  teaching,  not  boasting  
Setting-­‐  after  sunset,  synagogue  (public  places),  Capernaum  (similar  to  Mount  Pleasant—
news  travels  fast,  and  in  the  Greek  community,  Simon  and  Andrew’s  home,  small  town  feel,  
people  would  be  more  willing  to  listen)  
*Teaching,  deliverance,  healing  
 
Demons:  Fallen  angels.    What  are  some  forms  of  demons?  (Mental  illness,  money,  false  idols,  
other  people,  possessions)  What  are  some  of  your  own  demons?  How  can  we  silence  or  own  
demons,  just  as  Jesus  silenced  the  one  in  the  man?  
 
*What  does  Jesus  have  authority  over?  (Disease,  sickness,  people,  teachings  of  faith,  etc.)  
 
Jesus  has  authority  over  everything  and  is  active  in  setting  those  free  by  delivering  and  
healing  them.  
Public  places,  personal  spaces-­‐-­‐-­‐  do  allow  Jesus  in  your  personal  space  or  do  you  leave  him  at  
church?  
 
 
IDEAS:  demons  example:  post  secret  
Janelle  mclaughlin  
Jen  vermeulen  
Laney  Dillon  
Hayley  maines  
Emily  debear  
Lauryn  marchert  
Allie  coggins  
Jen  josey  
Steph  josey  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WEEK  4  
~What  would  jesus  tweet  after  bible  study?      
 
Observations:  
~Jesus  seeking  people  à  people  seeking  Jesus  
~Jesus  telling  why  he  has  come  
~Small  village  dynamic  continued  
Who:  Jesus      When:  early  morning/  dark      What:  casting  out  demons/healing;  Jesus  is  seeking  
out  a  solitary  place  to  pray      Where:  solitary  place  
 
Interpretation:  
Why  is  Jesus  in  a  solitary  place?  Why  does  he  want  to  be  by  himself?  
What  is  the  significance  of  darkness  (instead  of  just  saying  its  early)?  
Why  is  He  sharing  his  plans?  
 
Answers    
~Finds  solitary  place  to  be  still  in  the  presence  of  the  Lord;  time  to  recharge;  receive  
guidance  on  what  to  do  next  
~Darkness-­‐  cannot  see  what  the  day  will  bring  yet.  Walk  by  faith,  not  by  sight  
~People  are  worried  He  left  after  doing  so  much  
 
Main  truth:  as  a  follower  of  Jesus,  it  is  essential  to  pull  away  from  the  busy  world  and  
recharge  as  well  as  receive  guidance  on  what  to  do  next.  
 
Greek  connection-­‐  chapter  has  problems,  TLC  comes  with  amazing  solutions  and  then  
disappears  the  next  day.    We  need  time  away  from  our  sorority  and  its  problems  and  need  to  
recharge.    Sometimes  we  are  too  close  to  the  problem  and  need  some  perspective.    The  
rhythm  of  rest  and  work—don’t  we  all  need  that?  
 
What  did  you  learn  about  yourself?  What  are  your  next  steps?