How to Endure Persecution
Passage: Mark 14:53–14:65
The Big Idea: Jesus shows us how to faithfully endure persecution.
1. ICE BREAKER: What comes to mind when you hear "persecution"?
2. If we are going to faithfully endure persecution, we must resist the urge to defend ourselves. What impression have you gotten in the past when you have observed someone defending himself/herself?
3. Jesus spoke boldly despite knowing hardship would increase. When was the last time you spoke truthfully even though you knew it was risky?
4. We live in a culture of extremes. Why do you think it is important for us to prepare for and expect extreme responses to our Christian lifestyle?
5. As a group, read Mark 14:61-64 and discuss how this passage reveals Jesus as God.