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May 15th (Mark 12:41-44) Community Group Questions

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  1. Read Mark 12:41-44. In these few verses, Jesus talks about money, giving, and the widow. He observes that some people in this account throw in large amounts and how the widow only gives 2 copper coins. However, Jesus values her gifts above all others. Why is that?
  2. Isn't it interesting that Jesus calls his disciples over to discuss what he sees happening in the heart of the widow? What is Jesus wanting the disciples to personally grasp about the widow's understanding of her realtionship with the Father?
  3. This is the last scene before Jesus and his disciples exit the temple. And yet, the entire purpose of the temple is emboided in the heart of the widow. What can we learn from her?
  4. Read Nouwen's quote, "Long before any human being saw us, we are seen by God’s loving eyes. Long before anyone heard us cry or laugh, we are heard by our God who is all ears for us. Long before any person spoke to us in this world, we are spoken to by the voice of eternal love. Our preciousness, uniqueness, and individuality are not given to us by those who meet us in clock-time—our brief chronological existence—but by the One who has chosen us with an everlasting love, a love that existed from all eternity and will last through all eternity." Nouwen, Henri J. M.. Life of the Beloved (p. 58). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition. 
  5. Consider the reality that Jesus watches over each of us. How does this truth bring us great hope and encouragement (you can use the Nouwen quote to help your discussion).