Dr. Dave Whitaker | Mark 14:32-42

If you want to have a loving God, you have to have an angry God. Think about this logically... when someone you love is hurt, how do you respond? You get angry. If you don't have an angry God, how can you know your value in His eyes? And He was willing to take on His own wrath at the cross.

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These questions are provided for your further study and application of this message. It is helpful to discuss your answers with others such as your Community Group, family, friends or an accountability partner.

  1. What is your take away from this message?
  2. Why do you think Jesus warned the disciples (especially Peter) of their upcoming denial (vv. 27-31)? Why did Jesus take Peter, James and John with Him to pray (v. 33)?
  3. Why don't the disciples share Jesus' sense of urgency? How does this relate to their statements in the previous passage?
  4. What did Jesus desire most of all? Yet how did He pray? Why?
  5. Why did Jesus urge Peter specifically to "watch and pray?" For the disciples, what was the test?
  6. From this story, what key thing do you learn about Jesus? About affirming God's will?
  7. How do you feel, realizing that Jesus knows your weaknesses and failures, too?
  8. With what decision are you struggling at the moment? Where are you now in this decision? What is the main difficulty?
  9. Who do you call on when you need support in prayer?
  10. What determines for whom and what you pray? How will the Gethsemane story change the way you pray this week?
  11. Write out a prayer in response to what the Lord has taught you through this study and what steps in response He might want you to take.

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