Jesus has power over sickness and death
Jairus asks Jesus to save his dying daughter. As Jesus travels to Jairus’ house, a sick woman touches Jesus’ robe and her faith heals her. Meanwhile, Jairus’ daughter dies. But Jesus is able to bring her back to life because Jesus has power over sickness and death!
What feelings do you think prompted the ruler to approach Jesus? How about the woman?
If you were the woman, how would you feel just before you reached out to touch Jesus? Just afterward?
How was the woman’s faith evident?
Compare the woman and the ruler. What does Jesus’ response to both show about the Kingdom?
What parts does faith play in these healings?
The ruler and the woman were both desperate. What is the relationship between desperation and faith?
What does this story encourage you to do as you face desperate situations?
Who needs healing that you can pray for? Take time to pray for them (it could even be you).
For a time of reflection we suggest that you listen to It is well Kristene DiMarco & Bethel Music. https://youtu.be/YNqo4Un2uZI
Jesus has power to calm the storms
Jesus and his disciples are out in a boat when a fierce storm comes up. Their boat is full of water, and they think they are going to drown. Jesus stops the storm with just a few words. The disciples are in awe that Jesus has power to calm storms
When you were a kid, where did you go to hide in the house when there was a bad storm?
When is a time you’ve felt like your life was stormy, at home, school, work or somewhere else.
What do you think the disciples are feeling as this storm begins? As it whips up?
What do you think Jesus was teaching them by sleeping through the storm? By rebuking it?
How might the disciples feel as they continued across the lake?
When circumstantial clouds darken your life, do you sense the Son still shining? Or does he seem asleep? Why might it feel that way?
What do you learn from Jesus from this story? How does that relate to the times you face evil?
What “storms” seem too much for you to handle right now?
Jesus Describes His True Family
How would you have reacted if you were in the room when Jesus asked “who is my mother, brother and sisters?”.
Why do you believe that Jesus’ family wanted to talk to Him?
What does it mean to for you to be in a family?
What did Jesus say is the basis for a family relationship with him?
When have you had to go against social protocol to help people know they are invited into God’s family?
What does it mean for you to know that you are brothers and sister with Jesus who is also King and Saviour?
Parable of the Farmer and the Seed
If you had been in the crowd when Jesus shared this parable, how would you have felt?
Why do you think Jesus used this illustration to explain how people receive his message?
What is the “crop” that the seed is supposed to produce?
What is Jesus really saying in this parable?
In what way does this parable affect us when we look for opportunities to share the good news of Jesus?