Week of 9/24/2017

I AM A BIG HYPOCRITE

Part 4, The Roof  

Talking through the message during the week helps you and your group turn what God is saying to you into action steps. Begin with the key questions, add any optional scriptures and questions if needed, and then wrap up by deciding on your next steps.  

Main Idea

The lost are worth the cost.     

Read Mark 2:1-5  

When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them,  four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat.  They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus.  Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.” 

Key Questions

  • What are some perceived obstacle we “have” to inviting people to church than it is to any other event? 

  • Why do we do what we do at TFF?   

  • Why is it so important to be soul-centered over self-centers at the weekend services? 

  • What were the 3D’s the pastor spoke about? (dedicated, determined, discerning)  

Read Mark 2:6-12  

But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!” Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts?  Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said,  “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before! 

Key Questions

  • How did the Pharisees miss the miracle that had just taken place?  

  • Our actions do not define our relationship with God but instead our actions are defined by our relationship with God. What actions are you taking to get someone off the mat?  

  • How are you going into your world and making a difference in the lives of others?  

Next Steps

  • As you go throughout this week remind yourself that you are a hypocrite. Allow your attitude to reflect compassion and love towards others.