Starting Small
In this sermon series, we go back and recapture the basic understanding of faith from the perspective of a child. Small steps lead to great journeys. Simple lessons lead to profound faith. “Unless you become like a child you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven:” which means we have a lot to unlearn before we get there.

Sometimes it is frustrating when children don’t know the rules of life yet, but a lot of the time it is absolutely beautiful that they don’t. If they don’t know them, they won’t be constrained by them. They will find creative ways to do wonderful things because they don’t know they aren’t supposed to. In Mark we learn about friends who ignore so many rules and find a creative way to do something wonderful for their friend.

Small Group Questions: Sunday, September 4, 2016

Week 5: Creative

  • In reading Mark 2:1-5 and/or recalling the sermon you listened to, what did you find most interesting or important?
  • What is the coolest thing you have ever done for a friend? What is the coolest thing a friend has ever done for you?
  • Why do you think Jesus rewarded the friends in this story for their actions?
  • Has there ever been a time where you felt moved to do something because it was right, but you were constrained by rules or societal pressure?
  • Where in your life are you fostering creativity?

Taking the Next Step of Discipleship
Jesus was speaking. Four friends ripped open a roof to bring one of their friends into Christ’s presence that his sin might be forgiven, that he might be made whole. Being in the presence of Christ invites us to become whole; being in the presence of Christ invites us to become more fully who God made us to be. When was the last time you went out of your way, or ripped open a ceiling so that someone else around you could be in the presence of the living God and become whole? It is likely that this has been a rare event. In a world that often judges or shames persons for being who we really are, spaces where wholeness can take place have to be created. Thankfully by virtue of being made in the image of God, creating is our business. This week, take the next step of discipleship, and create a place where even just one of your neighbors might fully be themselves in your presence and in the presence of the living God.

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