From Pastor Brady

Greetings Church,

As Jesus and the Disciples make it back across the lake, they are met by two very different people both with very desperate situations.

Read Mark 5:21-43.

1. A Desperate Plea.

Jairus was desperate. How do faith and desperation relate to each other?

Have you ever been desperate? How desperate are you for God?

Pastor Mark pointed out that often desperation can lead to bitterness at God, or it can be short lived when our circumstance changes. But desperation can also soften our hearts. How have you experienced any or all of these responses?

2. A Costly Interruption.

In what ways are Jairus and the sick woman very different? What do they both have in common?

What do you learn about Jesus from how he responds to both of these people?

Jairus’ request is interrupted by the sick woman. Has there ever been a time when you had to wait for God to respond (maybe you are in a season of waiting now)? How does waiting test our faith?

Jesus told Jairus to “not fear and keep on believing.” Pastor Mark said that “Faith is a continuous dependence on God.” Why does faith have to be continuous for believers?

Jesus could tell Jairus to have faith, because he knew what Jairus did not- that he would raise the little girl from the dead. How can knowing that God knows everything and that He is working everything for His glory and your good, help you to trust Him more? Can you apply this truth to a specific situation in your life?

3. The Ultimate Miracle.

How do the miracles in this passage foreshadow Christ’s ultimate Kingdom? How do they foreshadow His ultimate miracle (Resurrection)?

“Jesus had to let go of the Father’s hand (on the cross) so that we would never have to let go of the Father’s hand.” Do you believe this truth? What does this truth mean to you?

For families:

Read Mark 5:21-43 together.

Talk to your kids about the differences between a FAN and a FOLLOWER. Mark’s gospel is showing us the difference between the crowds and those who truly believe. Kids (especially tweens and teens) can be fans of sports stars, or musicians, or actors, etc. But these affections and loyalties are fleeting. Help your tweens and teens to see that God is calling us to not be a fan of Jesus, but to be a follower. For example: the sick woman was in the crowd, but she truly believed.

A great book to read together as a family is Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman.

Fighter Verse Questions for Groups and Families.

Fighter Verse: Hebrews 11:1. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

1. What definition would you use for the word FAITH? Does the definition in Hebrews 11:1 agree with yours? Does it surprise you? Why or why not?

2. Using Hebrews 11:1 as your definition, do you have faith?

3. Take some time this week to read the rest of Hebrews 11 to better understand what the “hoped for” and the “not seen” things are.