BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Read Mark 1:29-2:12.
- Sit in prayerful silence with God for a while, and ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything that he wants you to share during your group’s time together.
RESOURCES FOR FURTHER GROWTH & DISCIPLESHIP
- (Video Resource) Read Scripture: Mark, The Bible Project
- (Video Resource) The Gospel According to Mark, The Bible Project
- (Commentary) Mark for Everyone, by N.T. Wright
- (Commentary) NIV Application Commentary, by David Garland
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.
Pray for courage and honesty as you share about the different areas of your life that need to be healed by God -- physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Pray for God to strengthen your faith as you learn to entrust these areas of your life over to Him. He is your perfect heavenly Father who knows all of your needs! Pray that God would use your community group as a source of strength and encouragement.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Have everyone take 30 seconds each to share a phrase or a moment from this weekend’s message that is still resonating with them. You also have the option to say “Pass.”
Large Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This weekend’s message came from Mark 1:29-2:12. If everyone has a Bible, let's go there together.
- When it comes to the topic of healing, what category would you put yourself in? Are you skeptical that healing and miracles happen today? Do you believe that God has the power to heal, but doesn’t? Do you have full faith that God can and does perform miraculous healings today? Or are you somewhere in between?
- When Jesus had compassion on people with physical ailments, oftentimes he also needed to bring healing to a hidden, spiritual sickness. Truly, Jesus is always after a deeper healing. What is an area of your spiritual life where Jesus brought this kind of healing? When has Jesus had to address hidden sin in your life in order to bring total healing and forgiveness into your life? How can this community group provide encouragement, accountability, and hope as you continue to surrender these areas of your life to Jesus
- Read Mark 2:1-5. A paralyzed man gets healed by Jesus as a result of his friends’ faith. Who are you bringing to Jesus in prayer? Who do you need to faithfully pray for? Specifically, whose spiritual healing do you need to pray for?
- Stories of healing can be huge sources of encouragement. As we seek to honor God as a community group, share a story of personal healing, or even a story of someone else’s healing, as a way of bringing glory to God and providing hope to others.
- At the end of the sermon, Pastor Becky posed a question: “Do I allow my circumstances to define my belief in God, or do I allow my faith in God, my belief in his power, to have victory over whatever situation I might find myself in?” Share honestly about what life circumstances make it difficult for you to have faith in God, and spend time in prayer (as a community group, in partners, etc.) lifting these up to Jesus.
CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
Thank God for being our ultimate Healer. Thank God that His compassion, love, power and authority can cover our doubts, fears and unanswered questions. Ask God to fill us with hope and faith that He hears our prayers, and can heal us and our loved ones today.