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04.05.20

Deep Reality Week 5: I Believe, Help My Unbelief

Deep Reality Week 5: I Believe, Help My Unbelief

Series: Deep Reality

Key Passage: Mark 9:14-29

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

 

  • Why do moments of desperation in our life sometimes lead us toward faith and sometimes away from it?  What makes the difference?

  • How would you explain the relationship between faith and doubt?

  • How would you answer this question, “What are you thinking and feeling about God in the midst of this pandemic?”

 

Study       Read Mark 9:14-29 together

 

  • Observations?  Questions?  What most resonates?

  • What do you think the father in this story was experiencing after many years of caring for his son?

  • In what ways does the father’s plea, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” resonate with you?

  • How would you characterize the faith of the father in this story?

  • Can you relate to the father’s doubt of Jesus’ power to handle his son’s crisis?

  • What did Jesus mean when He answered the disciples’ question about not being able to heal the boy with “This kind can come out only by prayer”.   

Consider      Agree?  Disagree?  Reflections?

 

  • Doubt is not the opposite of faith, rather an essential element in the development of a resilient faith.

  • When we make doubt a semicolon and faith an exclamation point in our lives it allows for the most compelling, believable, realistic stories of transformation.  The best stories always include both.  

  • Gospel-oriented faith is simply believing that what I can have confidence in is greater then the inevitable doubts and uncertainties in life.  

Apply

 

  • In what kinds of situations are you most likely to doubt Jesus?

  • In what areas of your Christian life do you sometimes find yourself struggling with uncertainty, doubt, confusion, or even cynicism? 

  • What do you need to do to allow these things to enhance your faith journey rather than stifle it?  

  • How can this group encourage and pray for you?

 

And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.  Jude 1:22