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Saturday, January 3, 2015

How Can I Change? (Sermon Outline)

How Can I Change?
Mark 7:24-37
Get Out of the Box: How Following Jesus Destroys Your Comfort Zone: Part 1

Look at Jesus closely so that you feel the difference between who you are and who he intends you to be.

1. Go where you will encounter people different than you

Mark 7:24–26 (ESV) 24 And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. 25 But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.

2. Talk about real issues with compassion

Mark 7:27–28 (ESV) 27 And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

3. Look for spiritual hunger 

Mark 7:29–30 (ESV) 29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

Questions for reflection and conversation:

  • What enables people to change? 
  • How does studying Jesus provoke change? How is it possible to study Jesus without it provoking change?
  • How often do you have real conversations with people from other religions, no religion or was raised in a different cultural setting than your own?
  • How would you explain this passage to someone who is offended by the language in it? 
  • Why is it important that this woman had both confidence in Jesus’ ability to heal and terrific concern for the problem? What happens if you are missing one or the other of these qualities? 
  • What specifically do you think impressed Jesus about the woman’s response? 
  • To what extent do you assume people have no interest in Jesus whether you know much about them or not? 

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