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Dallas, TX 75234

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Carrollton, TX 75010

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Sermon-Based Bible Study
March 5, 2017

  • What are you thankful for this week? What are you celebrating? What has caused stress or anxiety in your world this week?

  • What did you hear in this week’s sermon that was new or particularly interesting? Did anything stand out to you as puzzling or troubling?

  • We live in a culture that sometimes celebrates or encourages conspicuous consumption and extravagant lifestyles -- gourmet food, fine wine, mini-mansions, designer clothes, exotic cars, luxury vacations, jewelry, etc. In what way have you ever been extravagant with yourself? With your family? Do you ever see other people spending extravagant amounts of time or money on things you think are absurd?

  • Read John 12:1-8. Which of the people mentioned in this story do you identify with the most? Why? Have you ever witnessed an act of service or humility like the one in this story? Have you ever witnessed an extravagant gift and wondered, “Why this waste?”

  • Mary pours a pint of perfume on Jesus and wipes his feet with her hair. Chris pointed out that she did this because Jesus is worth extravagant devotion. Why would it seem reasonable for Mary to think that Jesus was worth extravagant devotion? What has Jesus done for you or your family that would motivate you to give Him extravagant devotion?

  • Judas found fault with Mary’s extravagance by claiming the perfume should have been sold and the proceeds given to the poor. This story reminds us that while we must attend to the poor, we must also respond to Jesus. When’s the last time you denied yourself something you wanted so you could bless the poor? When’s the last time Jesus was the object of your extravagant devotion?

  • Chris pointed out that Mary devoted both her treasure (perfume), which was her most valuable possession; and her glory (hair), which brought her favor in people’s eyes, to Jesus. What do you treasure? What would it look like “anoint” Jesus with it? What do you do or have that brings you glory? What would it look like for you to honor Jesus with it?

  • This story reminds us that you never know what Jesus will do with your display of devotion. You never know what kind of significance He’ll assign to it and how He’ll use it. Chris said that often, self-consciousness is the death of worship, the death of extravagant devotion. Is that true for you? What would help you overcome it?

  • In the next 24-48 hours, what simple next step could you take in obedience to what you’ve learned from your time in God’s Word? Who would benefit from hearing what you’ve learned this week? Will you share it with them?
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