Happy Tuesday! In this passage we find Jesus healing a boy with an unclean spirit and a father who is caught between belief and unbelief. The purpose of The Daily is that we grow in our affection for Jesus. They are a practical guide for you and as you walk with others (your groups) to grow in or discover Jesus. A portion of this weeks readings will be taught on this Sunday at Downtown Hope's gathering- look forward to seeing you there as we continue to join Jesus vision for the world!
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions)
_ What is one area you are trusting God abundantly? What is one area you are struggling to believe God?
_ Who are you walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus), how is the Lord working in their lives, and when will you get to spend time with them this week?
_ Take some time to praise God, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ Mark 9.14-29 ]
14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
+ WHAT do we learn from this passage? (Use these questions to help make additional observations)
_ What is the background to the passage? (i.e., where are Jesus and his apostles coming from when they see the disciples, Mark's theme, etc...)
_ What is actually happening in this passage in vs. 17-19?
_ What happens in vs. 20-23?
_ What is the fathers' response to Jesus in vs. 24?
_ What does Jesus do in vs. 25-27?
_ What does this account reveal to us about Jesus?
_ What good-news do we find in this passage?
+ HOW does the truth of this passage 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)