Today, we’re introducing a new, weekly feature on the blog called “Talk It Over.” Talk It Over will be a resource based on Sunday’s message, created to help you have great discussions with your small group, family, and friends. Intentional discussions will help you process what you heard, strengthen your relationships, and give you an opportunity to turn knowledge into action and life change. We’ll post each week’s Talk It Over on Sunday afternoon.

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Talk It Over – “All Who Wander”


Mark 1:9-13At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’ 12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.”


  • Desert island scenario: you only get one book, what do you pick? one movie? one album?
  • What season would you say you are experiencing in life right now – spring, summer, winter, or fall?


  • The Spirit of God sends Jesus out into the desert on the heels of this incredibly profound, intimate moment between Jesus and God. Why do you think God determined the desert was necessary for Jesus?
  • Considering the examples of Moses, David, Elijah, Paul and others throughout Scripture, it seems that these desert moments are fairly common occurrences, even for the heroes of our faith.
    • Have you ever gone through a desert season in your own life? Take some time to share your stories.
      • What was it like for you in that season? What did you learn?
      • How do you look back on that time now?
      • Why is it difficult or even scary to admit we feel alone or depressed, like we are in the desert?
      • How can we move past that fear and allow ourselves and others to be honest in these seasons?
    • More people than you imagine are in a desert experience right now. How does that change the way you see or interact with others?
  • Read Jeremiah 17:7-8. What does this passage teach us about our posture even in our desert seasons?


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“This depression comes over me whenever the Lord is preparing a larger blessing for my ministry. The cloud is black before it breaks and overshadows before it yields its deluge of mercy. Depression has now become to me as a prophet in rough clothing…” – Charles Spurgeon

“We all have the trick of saying–If only I were not where I am!–If only I had not got the kind of people I have to live with! If our faith or our religion does not help us in the conditions we are in, we have either a further struggle to go through, or we had better abandon that faith and religion.” – Oswald Chambers

“The fallow field is smug, contented, protected from the shock of the plow and the agitation of the harrow. Such a field, as it lies year after year, becomes a familiar landmark to the crow and the blue jay. Had it intelligence, it might take a lot of satisfaction in its reputation: it has stability; nature has adopted it; it can be counted upon to remain always the same, while the fields around it change from brown to green and back to brown again. Safe and undisturbed, it sprawls lazily in the sunshine, the picture of sleepy contentment.

But it is paying a terrible price for its tranquility; never does it feel the motions of mounting life, nor see the wonders of bursting seed, nor the beauty of ripening grain. Fruit it can never know, because it is afraid of the plow and the harrow. In direct opposite to this, the cultivated field has yielded itself to the adventure of living. The protecting fence has opened to admit the plow, and the plow has come as plows always come, practical, cruel, business-like and in a hurry. Peace has been shattered by the shouting farmer and the rattle of machinery. The field has felt the travail of change; it has been upset, turned over, bruised and broken. New things are born, to grow, mature, and consummate the grand prophecy latent in the seed when it entered the ground. Nature’s wonders follow the plow.” – A.W. Tozer


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