Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on February 18, 2018
Passage: Mark 14:32-36
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. Growing up, how did you try to convince your parents to give you something you really wanted?
2. As a parent, do you or would you give your child whatever they wanted? What would determine whether or not you granted their request?
3. Looking back at your notes from this week’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. This Sunday Mike looked at how Jesus prayed to His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane while under great duress. During His anguished prayer, Jesus stated His belief that nothing was impossible for His Father. When we approach God in prayer, the Bible says that we should ask in faith without doubting. What can you learn from the following verses about how to grow your faith?
Mark 9:20-24 (ESV)
20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Romans 10:17 (ESV)
17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
James 1:2-4 (ESV)
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
- If all things are possible for God, why doesn’t He give you everything you ask for?
- How could the establishment of a consistent personal prayer life grow your faith, even if you don’t get everything you ask for?
2. During His prayer, Jesus was humble and submissive before His Father. To yield to His Father’s will and because of His love for us, Jesus surrendered his human desire to escape the pain of being separated from His Father on the cross as he carried the sins of the world. What do the following verses teach about approaching God in humility?
James 4:13-16 (ESV)
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
Psalm 25:8-9 (ESV)
8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. 9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
Matthew 16:24 (ESV)
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
- How can you tell if you are praying with a humble heart?
- Is prayer more about changing God’s mind or God changing yours?
3. Evidenced by sweating drops of blood, Jesus struggled and agonized in His time of prayer. At the end of His prayer, Jesus was ready to obey the will of His Father. What can we learn from Naaman’s story and apply to our own lives concerning obedience?
2 Kings 5:1-14 (ESV)
1 Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. 2 Now the Syrians on one of their raids had carried off a little girl from the land of Israel, and she worked in the service of Naaman’s wife. 3 She said to her mistress, “Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” 4 So Naaman went in and told his lord, “Thus and so spoke the girl from the land of Israel.” 5 And the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So he went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. 6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you Naaman my servant, that you may cure him of his leprosy.” 7 And when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Only consider, and see how he is seeking a quarrel with me.” 8 But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come now to me, that he may know that there is a prophet in Israel.” 9 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 But his servants came near and said to him, “My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
- What kept Naaman from obeying immediately? Can you relate to how he felt?
- What is the key lesson from his story?
TAKE IT HOME
1. Looking back at this week’s teaching and study, is there one thing you’d especially like to remember this week?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?