Pastor Adam Kohlstrom
How would you summarize today’s sermon to someone else?
How is God speaking to us? How will you respond (Mt. 7:24-27; James 1:22)?
8:23, 29, 42, 43, 49. Those who came to Jesus in these narratives were fearful and desperate – having exhausted all human options. How have you seen or experienced fear and desperation to inspire great acts of faith?
8:43. Because of her bleeding condition, this woman would have been unclean and cut off (Leviticus 15:19-28) - considered by most as cursed by God. Have you ever felt unclean and far off?
Jesus’ healing did not just restore this woman’s health, but restored her to the community. She is the only person in the gospels whom Jesus calls “daughter” (8:48). For someone so long ostracized, what is the significance and power of this title? What does it mean to you who were far off (Ephesians 2:13) that now, by faith in Jesus, God calls you “daughter” or “son” (cf. John 1:12; Romans 8:14-16)?
8:48-49. In the span of just two verses, one “daughter” lives but another daughter dies. Worse, one daughter seemingly dies because of Jesus’ disregard and delay. Has God’s perceived inaction or inattention ever caused you to struggle to trust Him?
8:50. Jesus’ words to Jairus were, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.” Why do you think Jesus didn’t just say, “I’m going to raise her to life?” How has Jesus challenged you to greater faith (“only believe”) in Him?
8:54. Jesus here demonstrates His power to reach into death and draw people to life. It is generally easy to tell when a person is physically dead, but how can you tell whether or not a person is spiritually dead? According to Ephesians 2:1-3, apart from God’s work, we are all spiritually dead but by faith, God unites us with Christ’s death and resurrection, bringing the spiritually dead to life (Ephesians 2:4-7). What is your response to the “riches of His mercy,” and “great love with which He loved us”? God has not only brought us to life in Christ, but has called us “daughter” or “son.” Spend some time together praising the Father for your adoption as His children.
Coffee & Sunday School 9:30 AM
Morning Worship Service – 10:45 AM
Feel free to invite your neighbors, friends, and co-workers!
Sundays - Sunday School 9:30am ─ 10:30am | Worship 10:45am | Windward Gardens Service 1:30pm
Mondays | 6:30am ─ 9:00am → FREE Community Breakfast & Prayer
Thursday Morning Prayer 7:30am | Wednesday Devotional & Prayer 7:00pm (All in Parlor)
Saturday | 7:00am ─ 9:00am (High School Room | 2nd Floor) → Men’s Group
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