KICKSTART

How did you get that scar?


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THROTTLE UP

1.  Discuss your observations about the video song. What ideas stood out to you?

2.  Read Mark 5:24b-34

a.  How did the healing actually happen?

b.  Put yourself in the woman’s place: what feelings would you have experienced before and after being healed?

c.  What do you think is the significance of Jesus parting comments?

3. Read John 5:2-9

a. How did the healing actually happen?

b. Put yourself in the man’s place: what feelings would you have experienced before and after being healed?

c. Why do you think Jesus told him to take his mat?

4. Read John 8:2-11

a.  What kind of healing takes place here, and how did it happen?

b. Put yourself in the woman’s place: what feelings would you have experienced before and after being healed?

c. What do you think is the significance of Jesus parting comments?

5.  For all the broken parts of our lives, the old scars and the fresh wounds, the physical pain and sickness, the guilt and regret, addictions, disappointment, and heartbreak – Jesus provides healing. Read Ezekiel 36:25-26. If we trust him with these things, what does he promise?

6.  Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-5. What does being healed enable you to do? Why is that?


CHECK THE MIRRORS

1. How have you seen our culture handle sickness, betrayal, heartbreak, guilt, etc?

2. Is there someone you know who has positively endured or overcome a terrible situation or illness? What do you notice about them? What can you learn from them?

3. What are some ways you can comfort others physically, emotionally, and spiritually?

4. View

and then read Isaiah 53:3-5. Almost 700 years before Christ, the prophet Isaiah wrote these words describing how Jesus would actually heal us. Looking ahead, how can Jesus as Healer change your experience of Easter this year?


GIVE A LIFT

Think about some ways you can bring God’s comfort individually or as a group to others between now and the month of April. Visit http://www.eastside.com/localserve/ for ways to serve.


[Optional Expanded Discussion]

1.  According to recent research, there are roughly 30 million Americans who are “done” with church, with another 7 million who are “almost done.” The “Dones” are former churchgoers who still maintain faith in God and their Christian identity but have become disillusioned with church. While there are many reasons they leave church, one is having been hurt in some way.

a.  Are wounds inflicted by a church (or people in the church) more difficult than other emotional or physical wounds? Why or why not?

b.  Have you ever personally been wounded in ministry? What was your response?

2.  Is there anything in your life for which you need Jesus the Healer?

3.  Spend time praying for each other, and that Jesus would bring healing where needed to the family of Eastside and/or to those you love.


YOU'RE INVITED

Connection Group Leader Dinner

"A single act of courage is often the tipping point for extraordinary change." - Andy Stanley

Join us on Saturday, March 19th at 6:15PM, in the Commons, for a Connection Group Leader Dinner.  Our compassion team will be sharing stories of how God is working in and through our connection groups, as well as inviting you into an exciting new season of serving.  Your spouse or another compassion-hearted representative from your group is also invited to attend with you (or for you if you are unable to attend).