Week 1

What Do You Want?

READ: Luke 18:35-43 [1-2 minutes]

If there’s more than one person, have someone read the text aloud. It may be helpful to read it twice. If there are children, possibly have them act out the story as it is read the second time. Use your imagination.

REFLECT: [5-10 minutes]

v.35 What do you think it would have been like to be a blind beggar in ancient times?

When have you felt the way this man may have felt?
Perhaps feeling like no one cares, alone, a problem or challenge that hasn’t gone away…

v.36-38 How does the blind man respond when he hears that Jesus is coming by?

v.39 What can we learn about persistence and prayer from the blind man?

v.40-41 What does Jesus do? What does He ask the man?


If Jesus were to ask you the same question, “What do you want me to do for you?” How would you respond?

Take a few moments to talk about what your response would be. Then spend some time in prayer, sharing these things with God.

Week 2

Be the One

READ: Luke 17:11-19

If there’s more than one person, have someone read the text aloud. It may be helpful to read it twice. If there are children, possibly have them act out the story as it is read the second time. Use your imagination.


Re-Read verse 12
What do you think it would have been like to be a leper in ancient times?

Re-Read verses 12-14
As they begin walking, they start being healed- Imagine what that may have been like.

Re-Read verses 15-16

What happens next? How did one of those being healed respond? 
What happened to the other nine?
We’re not told. All we know is that this one, “when he saw he was healed, came back praising God.”

In our daily lives are we more like “the one” who came back or “the other nine” who kept on going about their life without noticing all that God had done? At times, we can get too busy to see how God is at work within our lives and how He is answering our prayers.

Take a few moments and share with one another what God has done in your own life and family. These may be things, often taken for granted. Such things as: a car that runs, a warm house, a bed to sleep in, food on the table. Each of these is a gift from God.
Take some time, praying together, simply telling God thank you. Praise Him for what He has done for you and those around you.

Week 3

The Shepherd’s Voice

READ: John 10-11

What image does Jesus use to describe Himself?
Jesus is the Good Shepherd and we are the sheep. What does a shepherd do? How do they take care of sheep? What are some ways in which God is like this?

READ: Psalm 23

READ: John 10:1-3

Verse 3 describes three things that the shepherd does. Can you identify what these three things are?
(Hint: opens the gate, calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out…)
One of the things that Jesus says, is that He “calls them by name.” In verse 27, Jesus says, “I know them.” This is powerful! Jesus knows you individually and intimately. He knows everything about you. He is committed to watching over and guiding you every day, in every way.

READ: John 10:3 & 10:27

Verse 3 describes something that the sheep do. What is it?
Verse 27 describes two things the sheep does. What are they?
Jesus says that the sheep “hear, listen and follow my voice.”
How does a sheep come to know and recognize the shepherd’s voice?
In the Middle East, even to this day, hillsides are covered with sheep and shepherds. There are no fences. The sheep simply follow the shepherd. All day long, the shepherd talks and sings to the sheep. Over time, the sheep learn to recognize their shepherd’s voice above all others. The sheep will only follow their shepherd.
Just for Fun: Check out this video illustrating what happens when a stranger tries to call shepp compated to the shephard…
As we spend time listening to His voice, we will grow in our ability to recognize when God, our Shepherd is speaking to us. Reading Scripture is one of the best ways to become more familiar with God’s voice. Another good way to listen is by simply taking a few moments in silence, away from any noise.
Take a few moments to simply be still and silent.
  1. Ask GodIs there anything you want to say to me in regards to: my relationship with you, my wife/husband, my children/parents, classmates/co-workers, etc…?
  2. ListenYou may find it helpful to write down and/or pray back to God what you sense is being communicated to you. It may also be helpful to share with others.
  3. PrayWrap up your time together by asking God to continue to lead you like a Shepherd–To help you to hear His voice and follow His ways.

Week 4

Roof Crashers

READ: Mark 2:1-12

READ: Mark 2:1-2

There were so many people in the house that there was “no room left.” Not another person could squeeze in. How many people can you fit in your room and/or house?

READ: Mark 2:3

Imagine this scene from each character’s perspective.

  • Paralyzed Guy: What must it have been like for the guy who was paralyzed and unable to walk? In the Biblical times, he would have been an outcast and probably spent his days begging. Imagine yourself having to physically be carried, everywhere you go.
  • Four Friends: We don’t know anything about these four guys. But, apparently, they knew something about the paralyzed man. Perhaps he was a family member, relative, neighbor, or even a friend. All we know is that at least one of them had an idea, “Hey guys, let’s pick him up and take him to Jesus.” Imagine what this would have looked like. Share how you think the conversation may have gone as they talked about taking their paralyzed friend to Jesus.

READ: Mark 2:4

Imagine this scene from each character’s perspective.

  • Paralyzed Guy: You’re being carried through crowded streets. You come to the house. People are lined up, pushing in, trying to hear. And, there you are, being carried. Your friends are pushing through the crowd, all the while, people are looking down at you. What do you feel?
  • Four Friends: You’ve brought your friend, but there are too many people. You can’t even get close to the door. Then one of you has an idea… “Hey guys, look over there… Do you see that ladder? What if we…” Finish the conversation.

First Century Israelite House

Picture Citation
First Century Israelite House, IMAGE. Hubbard, Shiloh, Elliot Ritzema, Corbin Watkins, and Lazarus Wentz with Logos Bible Software and KarBel Media. Faithlife Study Bible Infographics. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012.

Imagine trying to get this paralyzed man up on top of the house. And, then what do you do? Roofs customarily consisted of wooden crossbeams with a matting of reeds, branches, and dried mud in between. What must it have been like to start scratching, prying and digging a hole in the roof?

  • The Crowd: Image you are sitting in the house down below. You hear something. As you look up, dust falls in your eyes. Before long, a hole appears in the ceiling and the sunlight begins to shine through. Out of nowhere, a hand appears, then an arm, as the hole gets larger. More dust and dirt fall. All eyes are fixed above on the commotion. Then, through the hole, the unthinkable happens. A man on a mat is lowered in by ropes. People move out of the way and the man is lying on the floor. As you look up at the hole, there are four guys, expectantly looking in through the opening.

READ: Mark 2:5-12

Jesus heals the man and forgives his sins. The man gets up in front of everyone, rolls up his mat and walks out of the house. Talk about an interactive Bible study!


We are not told much about these four friends. All we know is that they: 1) had a friend who needed to encounter Jesus, and 2) they were willing to do whatever it took to bring their friend to Him.

Do you know anyone who needs to encounter Jesus?

It could be a family member, neighbor, friend, or co-worker/classmate. Share with each other this person’s name.

The story illustrates that true friends do whatever it takes to bring their friends to Jesus.

What might this look like for us?

Share some ways in which we can “bring our friends” to Jesus.

Take a few moments and pray for your friends who need to encounter Jesus.

  •    Pray for them by name.
  •    Ask God to give an opportunity to share your own story.
  •    Invite them to church service or a special event at church.