01 Mar Discussion Guide: Jesus: The God Who Heals – Week 1
Before We Get Started
For our discussion today we will be using the sermon series discussion guides. If you would like to follow along you can access this discussion guide on the website at mosaicchurchaustin.com and then select “community group resources” in the menu options.
Because the main goal of our time together is to establish relationships and learn how to walk with one another in all that God has called us to be and do, we’d like to begin by praying for one another. So, does anyone have anything you’d like us to pray for, or anything to share regarding how you’ve seen God moving in your life that we can celebrate together.
This Week’s Topic
This week we switch gears a bit as we continue on through the Gospel of Mark as we step into the next part of a three part series by looking at Jesus: The God Who Heals. We will be taking at look at Mark’s claims regarding the life of Jesus and how this Jesus of Nazareth not only changes lives, but has changed history itself. Today’s discussion is going to be a bit of a testimony session as we discuss when, how and why our faith journey began and how, if you’re a Christian, following Jesus has impacted your life.
What is a “Storm” you have experienced in life?
“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?””
How do you think you would have responded if you were in this boat with these men?
What was Jesus wanting his disciples to see in this moment?
Why is it so difficult to have peace of mind in our moments of crisis?
What might God want us to see in the midst of our personal storms?
”It is through the tender austerity of our troubles that the Son of Man comes knocking. In every event He seeks an entrance to my heart, yes, even in my most helpless, futile, fruitless moments. The very cracks and empty crannies of my life, my perplexities and hurts and botched-up jobs, He wants to fill with Himself, His joy, His life…He urges me to learn of Him: ‘I am gentle and humble in heart.”
What would it take to have that kind of peace and mindset when crisis hits?
How does the fact that Jesus has already calmed the greatest storm we could ever face, sin and death, give us that kind of confidence?
”I have old wounds that God has filled like a well so that others might come a drink from them now.” – Pastor Dihan Lee
How might the storms God has brought you through bring healing into the loves of others?
Who specifically might God be calling you to walk with through their moment of crisis?