Huddle time is an opportunity for you to connect to each other and grow in faith. The below questions are just a resource for you to use or start from. Don’t feel like you have to use them all or rush through good discussion.
By: Sarah Bougher
17 [a]One day He was teaching; and there were some Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing. 18 And some men were carrying on a [b]bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him. 19 But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. 20 Seeing their faith, He said, “[c]Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” 21 The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” 22 But Jesus, [d]aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—He said to the paralytic—“I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.” 25 Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God. 26 [e]They were all struck with astonishment and began glorifying God; and they were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
2020 Is helping us to fix our eyes on Jesus and who he is and what he does. It helps prepare us for what is to come.
1. To fix your eyes on Jesus, remember Jesus likes faith. Watch what Jesus prioritizes. He notices faith.
- *How do you think Jesus “saw” the men’s faith?*
- *Tell about a time you were really excited about something, but you had to wait a really long time to experience it or you wondered if it was worth the wait.
- Have you ever thought of a creative way to “cut line” or get to something you did not want to miss out on?
- *How do the different personalities in this passage play into the final outcome of Jesus healing the man?”
2. Faith is confident trust that inspires action.
- Faith vs. Works – Biblical faith assumes something will lead to action.
- Can you have faith without works or works without true faith?
- What verses support your answer?
- Jesus does something they didn’t expect. Seeing their faith – he told him his sins were forgiven.
- In your faith walk, have you wanted something so badly, but instead experienced something much more deep and meaningful that only Jesus could give to you?
The scholars come on the scene. (Pharisees) –
- They took issue with Jesus saying he had power to forgive sins. Why did they take issue with this?
Which is easier to say, “Your sins are forgiven” or “Pick up your mat and walk?”
3. To fix your eyes on Jesus, remember Jesus is the authority.
- What was the significance of Jesus saying he was as the “Son of Man” in the presence of the Pharisees?
4. To fix your eyes on Jesus remember that Jesus’ greatest gift is forgiveness.
- Looking back on your life, is there anything that you wish you had done differently or better or paid more attention to?
Do you feel like Jesus has forgiven you for your sins? Have you asked him to?
Final question – how do you pronounce R-O-O-F?
EASY DISCIPLESHIP QUESTIONS
These are great questions and can be used one at a time, or one from each section even if time is short. Most importantly if used consistently, then people will be conscious of starting to develop the habits and lifestyle of becoming a disciple.
CONNECTING TO GOD:
How have you seen God working in your life in the last week; through successes, failures or disappointments?
Share with me what or who you are praying for and why.
What are you and your team/group members praying for?
At what moment did you feel closest to Christ this week?
CONNECTING TO SCRIPTURE:
Catch me up on scriptures you’re reading.
What is God teaching you through His word and how are you responding?
What scriptures speak to your “made for this”?
What scriptures are you struggling to understand?
What scriptures are you understanding, yet struggling to apply?
CONNECTING TO OTHERS:
How did the Lord use you to show His love this week:
In your family, team, group, or workplace?
In your everyday interaction with others?
Who are you helping to trust and follow Jesus?
What are your plans for next week in the areas of: prayer, bible study and sharing Christ’s love?