Life Group Questions – 4/2

Be a Bringer – Palm Sunday

Read: Mark 2:1-12

When he entered Capernaum again after some days, it was reported that he was at home.  2 So many people gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway, and he was speaking the word to them. 3 They came to him bringing a paralytic, carried by four of them.  4  Since they were not able to bring him to [a]  Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and after digging through it, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying.  5  Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6  But some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts:  7  “Why does he speak like this? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8  Right away Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were thinking like this within themselves and said to them, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?  9  Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat, and walk’?  10  But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he told the paralytic—  11  “I tell you: get up, take your mat, and go home.” 12  Immediately he got up, took the mat, and went out in front of everyone. As a result, they were all astounded and gave glory to God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

Transformation Questions:

  •  Can you share about a time when you went above and beyond to spend time with
  •  The four men in this story were willing to befriend some with a disability, which was not
    normal in the ancient near east. Who are some people we should build relationships with
    who might be considered “second class citizens” today?
  • What are some tangible ways to build relationships with nonbelievers?
  • While the word “bringer” is made up, what does it convey you do you when you hear the
    phrase “be a bringer?”
  • These friends persevered to get the paralytic to Jesus. What are some ways to
    intentionally persevere to get someone you know who is lost to Jesus?
  • Before Jesus healed this man physically, he addressed the condition of this man’s heart.
    What does this tell us about our greatest need?
  • Why does God perform miraculous physical healings if that isn’t our greatest need?
  • What are some ways that we can do things to open the door to share the gospel?
  • Who is someone in your sphere of influence whose greatest need is yet to be met? What
    can you do to be intentional about bringing them to experience Christ during this Easter