Happy Thursday! After Jesus declares all foods clean (7.1-23) he encounters an "unclean" woman whose daughter is possessed by a demon. Through her interaction with him we find direct application his teaching from the previous section.
_ What is on your mind that you are thankful for and what are you having a difficult time with?
_ What is one way you have seen Jesus working in the lives of those he has placed in your orbit to love and help discover his way (gospel)?
_ Take some time to praise God, to pray for those you are walking with to grow or discover Jesus, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ Mark 7.24-30 ] 24 And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. 25 But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs.” 29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.
+ WHAT do we learn from this passage? (Use these questions to help make other observations)
_ Where does Jesus go and why do you think he doesn't want anyone to know in vs. 24?
_ Who comes to him and what is her posture in vs. 26?
_ What is Jesus' response to her in vs. 27?
_ What is her response to Jesus in vs. 28?
_ How does Jesus' respond to her faith in vs. 29-30?
_ What is the point Jesus is making in his response to her faith and how does it relate to yesterdays reading?
_ What do we learn about Jesus interaction with this woman?
_ What good-news about Jesus do we discover?
+ HOW does my identity in Jesus compel me to confess sin and take a simple step of action today and how has it gone since yesterday? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, use these questions to help)
+ WHO in your life might you share what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)
THESE DAILY POSTINGS ARE DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO ABIDE IN JESUS AND FOR GROUPS AS A GUIDE WHEN THEY MEET