Jesus Eases John’s Doubt
What do you think John the Baptist did between baptising Jesus and being executed by Herod?
Why do you think he became uncertain of who Jesus was?
What does Jesus say to allay John’s fears? Why would that be enough?
What convinced you that Jesus was the one? (Or, what would it take to convince you that Jesus is the one?)
What would you say to someone who claimed Jesus was not the Messiah?
What would you say to someone who wanted to know why you believe in Jesus? What, from your own life, points to who Jesus is?
What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen Jesus do?
A Roman Officer Demonstrates faith
Is there anyone in the world for whom you will do whatever they ask, without question? In what circumstances would you do that?
What strikes you as interesting about the Centurion? What does Jesus mean when he says; in verse 10, “I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith” Wasn’t he in Israel?
What do you think Jesus meant in verses 11-12? In what way was that controversial?
Describe the character of the Centurion. What do you have in common with him? What is different?
Have you ever said to God, “Just say the word . . . ”? What would happen if you did?
Why do you think some people are healed and some people aren’t?
What does this passage say about the faith of:
The servant of the Centurion
Other people in Israel
Jesus heals a lame man
Do you think the lame man knew who Jesus was when he first spoke to him? Why or why not?
What must his life have been like? How do you think he got down to the pool of Bethesda each day?
What do you think the man was thinking when Jesus asked him, “Do you want to get well?”?
Why is healing on the Sabbath such a big deal? Do you think Jesus realised it was the Sabbath?
Why do you think it was such a shock for to people to hear Jesus referring to God as “my father?” What does that mean for us, since Jesus taught us to also call God, “Our Father”? In what ways might we be “equal with God”?
How do you feel about God as father? Is that a good image for you or not?
How can we recognise what the father is doing, and like Jesus, only do what we see him doing?
Jesus came for everyone
What do you know about Tax-Collectors in the time of Jesus? How were they considered by everyday people? Name some other tax-collectors mentioned in the Gospels.
Can you think of any other occupations that might have had the same kind of reputation/reaction by the public?
What do think Jesus actually meant when he said, “Follow Me”? What precisely do you think that would have entailed?
What do you notice about this new relationship between Jesus and Matthew? What other doors did it open?
Are there any groups in our society today who are treated the same as tax-Collectors were in Jesus day? Who do you know that feels as if they aren’t good enough for Jesus? What networks of friends and colleagues might they have?
Do you consider one of the “healthy” or one of the “sick”? What makes you so? Has your condition changed? What happened?
Who do you think we are called to reach with the Gospel?
Wise & Foolish builders
Set aside a good amount of time and read through “the Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5, 6 & 7). Ask God to speak to you, by His Spirit, as you read. Highlight or underline the parts that stick out more than the others.
In what ways do these words bring life? Affirmation? Conviction? How might you “build your life” on these particular words.
How do you find them challenging? How might you need to make some adjustments in your life?
Which words from Jesus seems to contradict what “the world” might say? How do you deal with that contradiction?
How have these words been “a firm foundation” in your life? When have they helped “withstand a storm”? Who could you tell that to for encouragement? For evangelism (good news)?
How do you allow the authority of Jesus to take prime position your life?
Fishing for People
How cheeky was Jesus being when he asked Peter to push him off the beach and into the water? How do you think Peter was feeling at that point? How might the story have turned out differently if Peter had replied “Sorry mate, too tired today!”?
Why do you think Jesus wanted to get into the boat? What might have been an alternate reason?
If you were Peter, and been fishing all day for no result, how would you have felt if Jesus asked you to put out in deep water to try again? What does it tell you about Peter?
What do you think Jesus was fishing for?
How do you explain Peter’s reactions in verse 8? Why do you think he sees his sinfulness as something that should repel Jesus? When are you best able to understand the greatness of God and your won fallibility in comparison? What does Jesus say to you in those circumstances?
Are you any good at fishing for people? How does this story reassure you? What questions does it leave unanswered? What characteristics do you think Jesus is looking for?
Jesus Forgives a Paralysed Man
Imagine yourself in this story. What would you be thinking/feeling if you were:
One of the crowd?
One of the disciples?
One of the Pharisees?
The owner of the house?
The paralysed man?
One of his friends?
Why do you think this passage has been included by Luke? What do you think is the main “take-home” from this?
Which do you think is more important – having your sins forgiven or being healed? Do you think the man would have been healed if the Pharisees hadn’t objected?
What do you think is meant by the phrase, “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” How is that true? What does it achieve if your sins are forgiven by God? What then is the ultimate Good news that Jesus’ brings? How is that achieved?
Jesus heals people
How do you react to the idea of Jesus healing people? Are they just bible stories and so need to be taken with a grain of salt? Were they true at the time but we shouldn’t expect to see miracles now? Can we expect to see miracles accompany the lives of modern-day disciples?
Refer to Luke 4:31-44. How does v 43 help us understand what is taking place in this wider passage? How is Jesus Good News in each incident? How might that affect our prayers? What part do you think Jesus’ preaching is playing?
What do you notice about Jesus’ “prayer-technique”? How is he responding to the presenting need?
Why do you think so many people kept coming to Jesus? What do you think happened to all those people afterwards? Would they have ever got sick again? Why do you think Jesus bothered? What does that suggest about our own motivation to pray for healing?
What do you think Jesus thinks about the times when we are sick? Have you ever prayed for healing? What happened? How do you feel about that?
Why do think God doesn’t just heal all the sick in the world?
Recording will follow