This week's Small Group Guide is composed of questions from this week's GPS Guide. The questions relate to the Scripture for that particular day. You can download the full week's GPS as a printable document for the context of each question below (in the printable version, the recommended small group questions are marked with a special bullet point.)
In a world without Braille or any established support services, a blind man had to beg. We might expect Jesus, of all people, would greet a person with a need with words like, “I know just what to do for you.” But he wisely and kindly knew that if we don’t realize our need, we may block his healing power. So he asked even this blind man, “What do you want me to do for you?” Have you learned to treat hurting people with the same kind quality of respect?
Scholar William Barclay wrote, “Here was no publicity; here there was no crowd to look and to admire and to be astonished. Here there was only a simple cottage and poor woman tossing with a common fever. And yet in those circumstances Jesus put forth all his power. Jesus was never too tired to help; the demands of human need never came to him as an intolerable nuisance.”* Can you, like Jesus, be kind even if there is no positive publicity to be had from the kindness?
Wright also noted that as Peter affirmed his love for Jesus, “the answer earns, each time, not a pat on the back, not a ‘There, that’s all right then’, but a command. A fresh challenge. A new commission.”* Our service doesn’t earn forgiveness. Instead, Jesus' call to join in his work is the clearest sign that he has forgiven us. In what way(s) do you sense Jesus calling you to serve, to feed his sheep, today? How are you answering the call?
Jesus knew the road to finishing his mission ran through the cross. But he also knew that Peter’s life, lived by Kingdom values, would do more to defeat evil than his sword ever would. Later Jesus told the Roman procurator Pilate, “My kingdom doesn’t originate from this world. If it did, my guards would fight…. My kingdom isn’t from here” (John 18:36). We still live in a world where violence, verbal if not physical, often feels like the only viable response to evil. Is it? When have you needed to let God’s spirit show you a kinder, more Christ-like way to handle an issue?
* William Barclay, Daily Study Bible Series: The Gospel of Matthew—Volume 1, Chapters 1–10 (Revised Edition). Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1976, p. 280.
** Wright, N.T. John for Everyone, Part 2: Chapters 11-21 (The New Testament for Everyone) (p. 163), Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.
13720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224
24000 W. Valley Pkwy
Olathe, KS 66061
1601 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
601 NE Jefferson St.
Blue Springs, MO 64014
8412 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS 66212
Can’t find something? Let us help.