{April 29, 2019}

Heartland Community Church


April 29 – May 5, 2018


Before/After: Sin

By Debbie Kirk

One of my all-time favorite scenes in one of my all-time favorite shows (The Office), is where Michael & Dwight are on a road trip following their navigational system that’s telling them to turn right. Dwight warns Michael that it means veer right but Michael is insistent on a sharp right that leads them directly into a lake. The most humorous part is that Michael is so set on that sharp right that he willingly drives his rental car completely into the lake as Dwight is screaming at him to stop because there is a LAKE in front of him!

During that scene, I laughed until I cried. The absurdity was hilarious! Seriously, who does that!? It makes me think of sin, choices and consequences. Not always that extreme but sometimes, yes. How many times do we listen to the wrong voice or choose the wrong path and it ends up leaving us stuck? How many times is it so obvious to those around us, but we are dead set on moving forward?

I recently read in The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst, “Our decisions aren’t just isolated choices. Our decisions point our lives in the direction we’re about to head. Show me a decision and I’ll show you a direction.” A picture comes to my mind of walking towards Jesus while looking him in the eyes, then making a decision that isn’t his best for me. Or, more simply put–sinning. Instantly our eye contact is lost and I have shifted my trajectory just enough that if I keep walking long enough in that direction I will walk right past him. So, I reorient, lock eyes with him again and begin walking towards him again.

Proverbs 27:12 warns us of these trajectory changes. “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” My favorite part of Dan’s message today was that there is a third way–grace falling down from heaven–and it falls smack dab in the middle of our before and after. It picks us up and sets our feet on the right path, time after time. Disobedience (not brokenness) is the only disqualifier. Oh God, set my feet on your path. Keep my eyes locked on you. Cleanse my heart of any disobedience. Thank you for your grace. Amen.


{sunday 4.29.18}

Read Proverbs 27:12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you feel like you have ever missed the mark? Rest assured friend, we have all missed the mark. Are you wanting to walk toward Jesus but feel like you are always making a wrong turn? Pray and ask God to soften your heart and reveal any sin that might be entangling you and have faith he will answer!


{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.

To dive deeper into Mark 7-8, CLICK HERE or on the video below to check out a short teaching from our own Seth Davidson.


{monday 4.30.18}

Read Mark 7:9-23

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do you think is being explained in these verses? How would you take the themes/message in the passage and share it with someone else?

{tuesday 5.1.18}

Read Mark 7:24-37

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do you believe about healing? What do you need healing for? Discuss with a friend and share where you need healing.

{wednesday 5.2.18}

Read Mark 8:1-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever experienced a miracle? Or an unexplainable event? Do you still look back and try to find words for that event? How is the feeding 4000 possible?

{thursday 5.3.18}

Read Mark 8:14-21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: When God shows up and provides what you need–or even more than you need–how do you respond? Do you understand it? Why or why not?

{friday 5.4.18}

Read Mark 8: 22-38

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Who do you say Jesus is? How do you describe him to yourself? How about to friends? What are you willing to give up in order to follow Jesus?

{saturday 5.5.18}

Read Mark 9:1-10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In this scene, some pretty amazing stuff happens. Jesus transforms before them, and then tells them not to share until he rises from the dead. They were uncertain what that meant, questioning the meaning of what they saw and heard. Place yourself in this scene…how would you respond? What questions would you ask? How would you interpret the events?


{community discussion questions}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as a Journey Community group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters on your journey.

  • Can you name a takeaway or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?


{extra journey resources}

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.


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