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?
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?