July 2 – July 8

Weekly Reading for July 2 – July 8

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: Journey to Jesus
Sermon Title: With a Little Help From My Friends

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on July 9, 2023:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: Journey to Jesus
Sermon Title: The Story of a Dead Man Walking
Delivered On: July 2, 2023


Memorize and Reflect

Luke 4:27
And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”

Prayer Direction

Thank God for His amazing grace and saving work in your life. Pray for the opportunity to share your faith in Jesus with more intentionality and boldness in the coming weeks. Ask for courage to follow the Holy Spirit’s prompting, share your faith and with friends, family members, co-workers, and/or classmates.

“Live It!” Challenge

Be a Grace-Bearer and Truth-Sharer – Just as Elisha was a bearer of the grace of God and Jesus came in grace and truth (John 1:14), we are called to be grace-bearers and truth-sharers. Over this week, look for opportunities every day to bring the grace of God to a relationship, situation, or challenge someone is facing. Commit to engage in a spiritual conversation as the Spirit leads in these different situations.

Small Group Discussion

  1. Tell about your life before you placed your faith in Jesus?

  2. Tell about a time you saw God move in a friend or family member’s life through your sharing your faith in Jesus?

  3. Read: Leviticus 13:9-10. Why did God instill strict regulations such as isolation, cleansing, purification among others for identifying and treating skin diseases such as leprosy? If you contracted leprosy or another defiling skin condition, how would your life be different from others?

  4. Throughout the Old Testament, leprosy is seen as a picture of sin that can only be cleansed/healed by God himself since there was no medical cure for leprosy at that time. How is our sin similar to leprosy in the Old Testament?

  5. Read: Mark 1:40-43. Unlike the priests and the other Jewish people, how did Jesus care for a man with leprosy? What does this healing represent for our spiritual sin condition?

  6. Read: Luke 17:11-19. How did Jesus respond to the hopeless situation the ten men faced?

  7. What was significant about the one man who returned to thank Jesus? How does this healing represent our own lives? How do we consistently thank Jesus for His healing of our own sin condition?

  8. What can you do this week to be more thankful for Jesus rescuing you and more invitational to others to experience the healing, hope, and grace that He alone offers?