HOW TO HAVE FAITH: Mark 9:14-29

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SCRIPTURE

Mark 9:14-29 14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” 
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. 

DISCUSSION

1. Study through Mark 9:14-29 together. What stands out to you and why?

2. Why do you think Jesus says what He does in verse 19 (how do verses 28-29 clue us in)? What does the disciples lack of prayer signify and why? 

3. Can you think of a time when you tried to face evil (either inside or outside of you) without depending on Jesus? Now is a great time to be honest with your Community Group. What does does Jesus help us see in John 15:4-6 and how should that determine how we live our lives every day? 

4. Why do you think Jesus says what He does in verse 23? What can we learn from this for our own lives as we follow Jesus? 

5. What is the father of the oppressed boy communicating in verse 22? What can we learn about faith according to how Jesus responds to the father in verses 25-27? What is saving faith in Jesus; how would you explain to someone who doesn’t quite understand? 

6. In the sermon, pastor Brett used three illustrations to help us see that it is not the strength of our faith but the object of our faith that saves. Do you remember what they were? How can the fact that Jesus is strong enough to save even if our faith is weak help us cling to Him even more? 

7. According to Romans 10:17, how can we have faith in Jesus? What does this tell you about the best way to have faith or to strengthen your faith? What do you plan to do to strengthen your faith? What do you plan to do to help others come to faith in Jesus?

GOOD WORD

On the cross, as Jesus was being ripped apart both physically and spiritually so that we could be forgiven, He’s screaming at us, “You can trust me! Look at what I’m doing for you. I’m paying too high a price for your redemption to leave you in the lurch.”

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