Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on February 2, 2020
Passage: Luke 5:17-26
This Sunday, Mike challenged us to help people in our community and world find their way home to Christ. This will require each of us getting involved. We must have compassion for those who can’t help themselves. And, we must do whatever it takes to bring one more home to Jesus. Looking back at your notes from this week’s message, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
When has someone gone out of their way to help you with a big need in your life?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. A group of men helped the paralytic get to Jesus for forgiveness and healing. Proverbs 27:17 (ESV) says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Can you think of any ways friendships have helped sharpen your faith?
Why is doing ministry and mission work as a team with other believers a good idea?
2. Jesus’ compassion compelled him to reach out and touch a man that everyone in that culture treated as an outcast. How do the following passages help us understand the attitudes and actions God wants us to have towards those who our society considers social outcasts today?
Psalm 82:2-4 (ESV)
2 “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah 3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
Proverbs 14:31 (ESV)
31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
Isaiah 10:1-2 (ESV)
1 Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, 2 to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!
Zechariah 7:9-10 (ESV)
9 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, 10 do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”
Can you think of any people you come in contact with on a regular basis (or avoid on a regular basis) that our society would consider social outcasts?
How could you better relate to them in ways that are reflected in the verses you just read?
What additional insight does James 2:1-4 provide regarding this topic?
James 2:1-4 (ESV)
1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
3. Because of the packed house, the paralytic’s four friends had to resort to desperate measures to get him healed. What are some reasons why Christ-followers resist doing the hard work of helping people in our community and around the world know about Jesus?
What are you willing to give up in order to show people the love of Jesus?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?