To start, ask everyone to pull up this page on their phones by navigating on the Liberti website to Resources > Home Group Resources and clicking on the link for this week.

Once they have the page loaded, you might ask folks to turn their phones on airplane mode. Few of us can stand the temptation :).

Gather & worship

Leader: Together, we will tell your glory.
All: O Lord our God, how majestic is your name!

Leader: In this congregation we will sing your praise
All: O Lord our God, how majestic is your name!

Leader : Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
All: O Lord our God, how majestic is your name!

-from Psalm 8:1, 9; Hebrews 2:12


This fall, as a companion to our sermon series on Gospel of Mark, we are encouraging folks to join us in reading through the gospel together. There are a reading plan and other resources, available on the website.

Read (mark 2:1-12)

1 When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. 3 Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat and walk’? 10 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.” 12 And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”


discuss & reflect

Before starting your discussion, take 2 minutes to observe and reflect on the passage by yourself. What stands out to you?

  1. Have you ever felt shut out of an organization or community that you expected to be welcoming? Maybe even a religious organization? What are different ways that you have responded when you have faced a closed door like that?

  2. When Jesus sees the paralyzed man, the first thing he does is address his sin, not his disability (verse 5). Why do you think Jesus responds this way?

  3. What are the concerns of the scribes (verses 6-7)? Do you think they are reasonable concerns? How does Jesus’s assertion of his authority as the “Son of Man” address their objections (verse 10)?

  4. Interestingly, we hear very little about the paralyzed man’s feelings or response. The story speaks of the faith of his friends (verse 5), the offense taken by the scribes (verses 6-7), and the amazed response of the crowd (verse 12), but nothing about the healed man himself. What might this tell us about the purpose of Jesus’s miracles? Were they about more than just helping people?

  5. Has there been a time in your life when you have been the recipient of other’s care, like the friends for their paralyzed friend in the story?

  6. In his sermon, Vito challenged us to break open the roof of Liberti Church and seek to become a community even more open to welcoming people into the presence of Jesus, not shutting them out as did the crowd (whether intentionally or unintentionally). What are some concrete ways each of us can do this, whether in the context of Liberti or in or own lives?


Pray

End your time by sharing requests for prayer and praise. Here are two ways you might consider entering into group prayer:

  1. Staying together as a group and inviting prayer requests. After each person shares their request, the group responds with the following:
    Leader: Lord in your mercy,
    All: Hear our prayer.
    OR

  2. Divide into smaller groups (e.g., by gender), share prayer requests, and pray.