Read Mark 3:20-30
VOICES – Everybody has voices, either in their head, or in their life. These voices seek to make us less than who we are. They try and tell us who we are not.
It was no different for Jesus. His own family are on their way to “take charge of him” worried that his ministry is not only affecting Jesus but could also make them look bad. The Pharisees are already starting to look bad so they try and label Jesus as evil.
The challenge for Jesus and us, is how to respond to the voices whilst remaining faithful to the call of God on our lives.
Have you ever been in a country where witchcraft and demon-possession were common place?
Which do you think would be harder to handle: The demands of the crowd? or Your family thinking you are demon-possessed?
What specifically do the Pharisees accuse Jesus of? And how does he answer them?
How are the Pharisees dangerously close to committing the “unforgiveable sin”?
Why do you think we concentrate on verse 29 as opposed to the good news of verse 28 that says: “All the sins and blasphemes of men will be forgiven.”?
Are there other voices in our lives that seek to distract us from what God is calling us to do? If so, what are they?
How do we combat them….turn your discussion into an opportunity to pray for one another.