Jesus is preparing to go to Jerusalem where he will be crucified and rise again. On the way he will prepare his disciples for this mission as they experience his glory at the transfiguration and at the healing of the demon possessed boy.
Read Mark 9:2-29
Questions for Small Groups:
To start your group, have everyone share one way they have seen God at work in their life this week.
1. Have you ever had a “mountain top” experience? How do “mountain top” experiences reveal our natural desire for glory?
2. How does the transfiguration story show that Jesus is God?
3. What happened when the disciples and Jesus came down off of the mountain? What does this teach us about facing a broken world each and every day?
4. Pastor Mark said “the cross must proceed the crown.” What does this mean? What does it mean for living a crucified life?
5. The Father of the boy came in helplessness and vulnerability. How did this actually demonstrate great faith (even though he had doubts)? Do you come to Jesus in this same way:
- In helplessness?
- In vulnerability- admitting doubts?
- Bringing to Jesus what is most precious to you?
What makes coming this way to Jesus difficult for you?
6. When Jesus cast out the demon it appeared as though the boy died (or maybe he really did). Things got worse before they got better. When we give up our source of glory it will be painful but it will be replaced with the glory of Christ. Have you ever experienced this truth? What is your source of glory today (money, power, status, sex, family, a relationship, an ability or education)? How can you turn it over to Jesus?
7. Review the Fighter Verse- Mark 9:23-24. And Jesus said to him “ ‘If you can!’ ” All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe, help my unbelief.”
- What is the difference in having faith in Jesus and having faith in your own faith? How might Jesus be emphasizing this difference here with the father of the boy?
- Have you ever cried “I believe, help my unbelief?” How does this kind of prayer actually demonstrate great faith?