BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Read Mark 5:21-43
- 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.
This weekend’s message was about how Jesus comes and brings healing and life and dignity into our brokenness, desperation, and humiliation. Invite Jesus to bring these same things into the situations that you are facing.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Our story in Mark 5 is about people who are facing desperate situations. Does anyone have a story of when they were facing something that was beyond your ability to fix with any of your usual resources?
Large Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This weekend’s message came from Mark 5:21-43. If everyone has a Bible, let's go there together.
- (Read Mark 5:21-43 aloud.) The father of the dying girl risks his reputation and honor by asking Jesus for help, especially when Jesus is gaining negative press with the religious leaders. The woman who is suffering from a hemorrhaging condition risks rejection and anger, because the people in the crowd will be ritually unclean after touching her. When you are desperate for help, how do your priorities change?
- (From the woman’s perspective.) Consider how Jesus responds when he realizes that healing power has gone out from him to the woman. How is his response not what this woman was probably expecting? When has Jesus surprised you by how he has treated you in a time of vulnerability?
- (From the father’s perspective.) If you were Jairus, and your daughter died while this woman delayed Jesus, how do you feel about her right about now? Has Jesus ever told you something to the effect of: don’t be afraid, just believe? What was it like to try trusting God despite your fears?
- (From Jesus’ perspective.) Jesus’ words reveal that for him, a dead person is like someone who is asleep, waiting for him to wake them up. His words, “Talitha Koum,” roughly translate to: Honey, it’s time to get up! What do you think it would be like to want to wake someone up from death, and know that you have the power to do it? What does this moment show you about Jesus as the Giver of Life?
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.
(Read Revelation 1:17-18 aloud.) What do you hear in Jesus’ voice as he speaks these words? Is there a situation you are facing where you need to trust that Jesus holds the keys? How does this Scripture need to inform how you pray about it?