1. Why do you think Jesus initially healed the man’s soul when the paralytic seemed to be seeking physical healing?
2. How have you experienced either physical or spiritual healing?
3. Why is it harder to say your sins are forgiven, than to say you are healed?
4. What correlation exists between physical healing and spiritual healing?
5. What role does faith play in both physical and spiritual healing?
6. In what ways do you relate to the teachers of the law and their questions of Jesus? How have you questioned God’s ability to heal parts of your soul?
7. What are the consequences or changes we can be living out based on Jesus ability to heal both the physical and the spiritual? What should our response be when we experience healing?
1. What do you find to be the biggest barriers to change in your life? What do you think are the biggest barriers to somebody experiencing changes related to faith?
2. What do you think were the differences between the two men on the cross? Why did one seem to respond positively to Jesus and one ridiculed him?
3. As you think about the suffering Jesus endured, what role does that play in your own life?
4. Who are some people in your life that seem to be hardened to God’s redemptive work? What barriers do those people seem to have to God? What are ways you can continue to have hope and be a conduit for Jesus’ work in their lives?
5. How would your interactions with people change if you knew they would never accept Christ? How would they change if you knew they eventually would accept Jesus in the future? How do you think Jesus summation of all commands in Luke 10:27 to “Love God and love your neighbor” relates to the above questions?
1. Considering the story of the widow of Nain, who or what do you relate most closely with in that story? (Luke 7:11-17)
2. How have you experienced death in life so far (divorce, bankruptcy, illness, job loss)?
3. How has God made good things out of the worst experiences in times past?
4. What other scripture do you think speak to this idea of God bringing good things out of painful moments?
5. What are you currently trusting God to bring to life from death?
6. What barriers exist to you more fully trusting Jesus to bring life out of deathly experiences?
7. What do you stand to gain from trusting Jesus to bring life out of death?
1. Describe a time in your life when you sensed God’s call to step out in faith. What made moving in that direction easy? What made stepping out in faith challenging?
2. What do you think Jesus was trying to teach Peter in Matthew 14:22-33? What do you think the other disciples learned by watching the interaction unfold?
3. How do you think Peter felt about Jesus after he pulled him up from the water? How do you think Jesus felt about Peter after the event? How do you think the disciple’s confidence in Jesus’ goodness grew after this experience?
4. What area do you sense God calling you to step out in faith? What practices or disciplines will help you stay focused on Jesus? How can your small group help you when you begin to feel doubts?
1. How would you define a good friend? Describe a few people in your life that you would consider a good friend.
2. What passages of scripture do you think handle friendship? What examples from the Bible have you looked at to model your friendships after?
3. Describe a time that your friendships helped you accomplish part of God’s mission. Describe a time that a friendship undermined your participation in God’s mission.
4. Based on the sermon, how would you measure true friendship? How does this fit into your current relationships and your ability to accomplish God’s mission?
5. How are you helping your friendship accomplish God’s mission? What might you need from your friends to accomplish God’s mission?
1. What purpose do you think the transfiguration serves? Why do you think Jesus invited so few people to experience this event?
2. How do you think experiencing the transfiguration affected Peter? How might learning and thinking about the transfiguration affect your life?
3. How have actions or thoughts in your life demonstrated a doubt in what Jesus is doing? How do you relate to Peter and his desire to follow Jesus, but confusion on how to live that out?
4. Describe a moment where you missed God’s intent or invitation? How was your relationship with God afterwards? Is this similar or different than Peter’s experience with Jesus?
5. How can you be sure that Jesus knows what he is doing? What difference does this make in your life?
1. What are some of the primary characteristics associated with the different versions of Jesus that John described?
2. Describe a time when you’ve identified with or associated your faith with one of the four misrepresentations of Jesus. What character from the Garden do you most closely identify with, related to what they thought about Jesus?
3. Why do you think each of the members of the story had a different perspective on Jesus? What contributed to their misunderstanding? Why do you think realizing the identity of Jesus is so challenging?
4. What ways have you contributed to others misunderstanding of Jesus? What ways can you help others overcome their confusion about who Jesus is and his role?
1. What areas have you jumped in and served others? What areas have you found challenging to serve others?
2. What is a way your small group could collectively live out Jesus’ example of service?
3. What is an area you’d like to serve as an individual?
4. What impact do you anticipate on the surrounding community if everyone at Glen Ellyn Bible Church served their neighbors, bosses, co-workers, and friends?
5. In what ways do you find yourself relating to Peter in this story? When have you resisted Jesus’ offer to wash your feet? What lesson can you take from Peter’s desire to be completely washed and Jesus’ response to him?
1. Describe a time in your life when you were motivated by ego, fear, guilt, or shame? How did that motivator impact your life in the short and long term, whether positive or negative?
2. Why do you think Jesus avoided an appeal to ego, fear, guilt, or shame when he was interacting with Peter? How would Peter’s future have looked different if Jesus had appealed to one of those feelings?
3. What helps to fuel your love for Jesus? What can add to your life to have more of that love? What can remove from your life to have more of that love?
4. The charge to Peter was to care for others, because of his love for Jesus. Who, or what group, is difficult for you to love? What could you do to actively love them during the upcoming week?
5. How would life on mission, fueled by Jesus’ love, change your day to day? What steps could you take to begin living that out?
1. What traditions does your family have that others may think strange? How and why did those traditions start?
2. What Christian practices do you sometimes think are strange? What Christian practices make you the most uncomfortable?
3. What do you think is at the root of your discomfort? Why do you think those practices are a part of the Christian tradition?
4. How does the gospel explain the culturally strange behaviors of Christians?
5. What are some Christian practices, albeit strange for some, that are embraced by people outside of the faith? In what ways are some strange Christian practices inviting and loving to those outside the faith?