Series She Did What She Could

Most of us care. We really do. We care about poverty and injustice, about orphans and the sick. And yet, weighed down by the everyday load of bringing home a paycheck, putting food on the table, and taking care of our family demands, we question our ability to make a difference. Based on the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume in Mark 14:1-9, “She Did What She Could” provides overwhelmed, yet service-seeking, significance-starved folks like you and me a realistic response to the seemingly un-meetable needs around us.

Dates November 16-27, 2015
# of Programs 10
At The Table Mart DeHaan, Elisa Morgan, Bill Crowder
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Part 1 - 11/16/15

Mary of Bethany: she did what she could

In the story of Mary and the alabaster jar in Mark 14, Jesus says, “She did what she could.” It’s a story about an act of devotion that was actually reasonable in light of Mary’s deep love for Jesus. You’re invited to join the group on Discover the Word as we begin the discussion on Mary of Bethany and how her life speaks to us today.

Part 2 - 11/17/15

A passionate worshiper

Mary of Bethany was an ordinary woman. But there was nothing ordinary about any woman in the male-dominated culture of that day sitting at the feet of a Jewish rabbi! Today on Discover the Word, we discuss the extraordinary decision by God to “pick a girl” as a person that history would hold up as an example of a passionate worshiper of Jesus. Join us today on Discover the Word!

Part 3 - 11/18/15

Living loved

How often do we talk about doing good for others, but then never act on it? Today on Discover the Word, we will talk about how Mary of Bethany was a woman who “lived loved.” As a result she found the courage to step up at a pivotal moment in Christ’s life, giving Him comfort when He needed it the most. She did.She Did What She Could” continues today on Discover the Word!

Part 4 - 11/19/15

An extravagant act of devotion

Today on Discover the Word, we discuss Mary of Bethany’s extravagant act of devotion in anointing Jesus with expensive perfume. Knowingly or unknowingly, she was preparing Jesus’ body for burial. It was a risky and appropriate act of love. Mary used what she had to invest in His life when He needed it the most. And that should be an example to each of us. The “what” of “She Did What She Could,” today on Discover the Word!

Part 5 - 11/20/15

Doing what we can with what we’ve been given

Today on Discover the Word, we conclude week one of the discussion on doing what we can for Jesus with what we’ve been given. Today’s discussion contrasts the two women whose act of passionate devotion for Jesus led them both to anoint Him with perfume. One woman, Mary of Bethany, did this out of love with the purpose of preparing Jesus’ body for burial. The other woman anointed her Savior in grateful response to having been forgiven.

Part 6 - 11/23/15

Unpacking our doubts about God’s love

The Discover the Word group continues their series “She Did What She Could” today. After Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus with expensive ointment, Judas and others criticized her until Jesus told the men to “leave her alone.” Join us as we unpack the concept of “leaving ourselves alone”  by not being hard on ourselves, or allowing others to make us doubt God’s love for us.

Part 7 - 11/24/15

Reaching out to others

We all have our reasons for not doing what we can to help others. And yet we’re still plagued with guilt when we don’t do anything. Today on Discover the Word, we’ll discuss excuses we give for not reaching out to others. Excuses like “What if I’m rejected?” or “What difference could I make?”

Part 8 - 11/25/15

What if . . . I did what I could today?

Today on Discover the Word, the group asks themselves a question they’d like you to ask yourself. “What if?” What if I did what I could? What if I didn’t just think about acting, but actually acted? What if I didn’t let others act for me? What if I didn’t wait to be invited? What if I didn’t just wonder about what difference I could make, but actually took a step? What if . . . I did what I could, today? A life-shaping question frames today’s Discover the Word.

Part 9 - 11/26/15

Ever feel like you’re on the outside looking in?

Today on Discover the Word, we continue to peel back the layers of the story of Mary of Bethany and the alabaster jar. What we discover is that Mary wasn’t the only outsider in that room full of religious men. Simon the Leper had been an outcast before Jesus healed him. Ever feel like you’re on the outside looking in? Then be part of the group today right here on Discover the Word!

Part 10 - 11/27/15

Responding to the One who gave us everything

Today on Discover the Word, we conclude the two-week discussion about doing what we can for Jesus with what we’ve been given. Through Mary of Bethany’s courageous act of passionate devotion to Jesus, we’re invited to become part of the ongoing story. Mary is our example of how the world could change if each of us gave what we had in response to the One who gave us everything.

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