Devotional February 28, 2016

Week of February 28, 2016


Mark 2: 1-12 - Jesus’ response when four friends

lower a man through the roof so Jesus can heal him.

“Whether or not the man who was paralyzed had faith, they did, and as a result a miracle happened. When we practice compassionate intercession, we become the stretcher-bearers for others in need. Whether or not they have faith and hope, we put our faith and hope to work on their behalf.”

-- Naked Spirituality, Brian 


Mark 2: 2 “So many were gathered that there was no longer room for them.”

Question for Reflection and Application

1. What does it feel like when there seems to be “no room” for you to enter?

2. When you feel there is “no room” for you to be seen and heard by others, what helps you to move on and create space?


Prayer Focus

Ask God to make room in your life to hear where you are being called.



Mark 2: 4 “... they made an opening”

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. What gives you the courage and gumption to be of service to others?

2. Think about some ways that you have made an opening for others to be heard and seen and healed.


Prayer Focus

Ask God for the willingness and courage to make

openings for others to receive God’s healing.



Mark 2: 5 “... Jesus saw their faith...”

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. How do you demonstrate your faith?

2. How does your faith move you to action?


Prayer Focus

Pray for guidance that you might more effectively demonstrate your faith in service to others.



Mark 2: 8-9   “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts?”

Question for Reflection and Application

1. When do questions come up for you?

2. How do you come to peace that you are doing the right thing?

3. What helps you to let go of judging the motives and actions of others?


Prayer Focus

Gracious God, help me to ask the right questions that lead me to greater understanding of your will for me.



Mark 2: 11 “I say to you, stand up, take your mat, and go...”

Question for Reflection and Application

1. “Their faith” moved Jesus. Then, the paralytic was able to move. What healing do you need?

2. What healing is needed in individuals and systems around us?

2. How can your faith inspire you to greater action on behalf of others?


Prayer Focus

God, fill me with renewed strength so that I might take up my life, and move forward to do your will.

Small Group Format



Introductions/getting acquainted

Mutual Invitation question: Who would you call in a time of crisis, even at 3am.


Opening Prayer


Song (optional)


Reflection on the weekly Scripture readings

Have someone read Mark 2: 1-12

Discuss observations about the text

What word or phrase strikes you the most?

What do you think is the most important point of the text?

Summarize the Sunday message and its connection to this text.

Use some of the daily questions for discussion in the devotional.

Choose another day to read a different text and discuss the



Share your faith (in groups of 3)

How have you experienced God recently in your life?

(this will be a weekly question – it may be difficult to answer at first, but if you ask it each week, you may start to notice God more in your life.)


Pray for each other


Refreshments (optional)



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