Sunday, March 1, 2015

How to Bring a Friend to Jesus (Mark 2:1-12) Questions for Reflection

Dig Deeper

Matthew, Mark and Luke all record the account of Jesus forgiving and healing a paralytic man who was brought to Him by several men (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; & Luke 5:17-26). Only Mark’s account observes that there were four who carried their friend (Mark 2:3). It is noteworthy that Mark’s source was the apostle Peter whose home was likely the “home” where this event takes place (Mark 1:29).

All three authors make a point of noting, “When Jesus saw their faith…” (Matthew 9:2b; Mark 2:5; & Luke 5:20). “Their faith” refers to the men who were lowering their friend through the roof tiles as well as the paralytic himself. “Faith,” meaning resolute belief or trust requires an object. In other words the question, “Faith in what?” needs to be answered. The object of biblical faith is God Himself and His Word.

Mark 2:1 states that Jesus had “again entered Capernaum” following a preaching tour through Galilee (Mark 1:39). Read the account of Jesus’ previous ministry in Capernaum in Mark 1:21-28. Given that these men were likely present to hear Jesus’ preaching in the synagogue that day, what does this passage reveal about the object of their faith?

Read the following passages from Mark’s Gospel where Jesus commends the faith of another. What insights do you glean about faith from these Scriptures?

Mark 5:25-34--

Mark 7:24-30 (Compare with Matthew 15:28)--

Mark 10:46-52--


Prior to the arrival of the paralytic and his friends Jesus was “preach(ing) the Word” to the crowd that had gathered (Mark 2:2b). By including this information Mark’s Gospel emphasizes the importance of a faith that has as its object Jesus Himself and His Word. How do you sense the Holy Spirit challenging you to grow in faith (resolute belief and trust in Jesus and His Word)?

Who will you endeavor to bring to Jesus?

Memorize This

John 12:32-- “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Myself.” NIV

Monday, February 23, 2015

Real Church, Part 6

Message Notes

Ephesians 5:32 This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church. HCSB
Point 1 Praying ________________ as a family for the church   
    a. For spiritual protection
    b. For protection from moral failure
    c. For the preaching of the Word
    d. For their families
    e. For encouragment

Point 2  Worshiping ________________ as a family
    a.  Worship together in the church
    b.  As a church member-- I must encourage and lead my entire family to worship
    c. Family as a mission field

Point 3  Falling deeply in love with the _____________________________
    a.  As a church member-- I am not to merely like my church  
    b.  As a church member-- I am not merely to serve my church

    c.  As a church member-- I am to fall deeply in love with my church