Xavier is having lunch in the cafeteria with some of his friends when one of his friends starts talking about a recent church service she attended. “I’ve always heard that Jesus is God, but I don’t know if I believe it,” she said. “Maybe he’s a prophet, but I don’t think he’s God.” “I don’t think he’s either,” another friend chimed in. “I just think he’s a good, moral teacher.” “I think Jesus is a myth,” a third friend said. If you were in this conversation, what would you say about Jesus?
Read Mark 2:1-12
1. Read verses 1-4, describe what’s happening in your own words.
2. In verse 5, what stands out to you about Jesus’ response to the paralytic and his friends?
3. In verses 6-9, how do the religious leaders react to Jesus?
4. Why did Jesus say what he said to the religious leaders?
5. Read Mark 2:10-11. What does Jesus do to show his authority as God?
6. How does the crowd react to what Jesus did?
7. How would you have felt if you were there and saw what Jesus said and did?
8. Think about Xavier’s lunch conversation with his friends. What would you say about Jesus now?
9. Jesus wants to meet our deepest need for forgiveness. Have you asked Jesus to forgive your sins? Have you invited him to be the Leader of your life?
10. Jesus is a good God who meets our obvious needs in ways that are best – like he did with the paralytic. What’s an obvious need in your life you’d like Jesus to meet?
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