Happy Friday! In our final reading for this week we find Jesus healing a man who is deaf with a speech impediment to discover how he wants to use all of us to proclaim the news of Jesus' power and healing in our lives. We hope you have a great weekend- look forward to seeing you at our Gatherings on Sunday!
_ 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 7.31-37 ] 31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
+ WHAT do we learn from this passage? (Use these questions to help make other observations)
_ What happens in this passage?
_ What is the man's ailment in vs. 32?
_ What is different about this healing account from the other healing accounts?
_ Is there anything about this particular healing that stands out to you?
_ What is the communities response to the healing in vs. 36?
_ What do we learn about Jesus in his interaction with this man?
_ 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