Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on January 17, 2021
Passage: Luke 8:40-48
This Sunday, Mike continued our new series called Breakthrough with a message to help us fight loneliness.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, or challenged you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
When have you felt a deep sense of loneliness?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. Do you prefer time alone or would you rather be around people most of the time? What are some of the benefits of that tendency? What are some of the challenges?
2. How is it possible to be around people yet still feel a deep sense of disconnection and loneliness?
3. In the story of the bleeding woman, we see her hiding in the crowd and trying to keep others from knowing about her struggles. Which is easier: to hide your struggles and pretend everything is ok or to allow others to see the real you?
4. According to the following verses, what are some reasons why hiding and pretending causes more trouble than it solves?
Psalm 32:3-5 (NLT2)
3 When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. 4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude 5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Interlude
Proverbs 28:13 (NLT2)
13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
Isaiah 29:13 (NLT2)
13 And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.
5. According to verses 44 and 47, what were two key steps the suffering woman took to overcome her loneliness and find healing and peace? When have you taken these two steps in your life?
6. When you are struggling and feeling alone, do you have friends you consider a “safe place” to run to? How do you want friends to respond/react if you tell them about something you are struggling with that no one else knows about?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?