29 And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
In Mark 1:29-39 we see at least three things that are at the heart of Jesus’ ministry: healing, praying, and preaching. Healing. Jesus had the authority to revers the curse of sin in these peoples lives because He would later become a curse for sin in His death. Furthermore, it’s clear there is no problem too small for Jesus to take notice of, and no problem too large for Jesus to solve. Praying. After a long night’s work, Jesus still awakes early in the morning to get alone and pray. If the Son of God needed to spend time alone with the Father, how much more do we? Preaching. Jesus didn’t remain in Capernaum and try to establish a mega-church. He kept going from town to town preaching “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
1. When was the last time you were so sick you had to stay lying down for an extended period of time? What was going through your mind?
2. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Mark 1:29-39 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?
3. Mark 1:35 uses four verbs in describing Jesus’ actions one day—rising, departed, went, prayed. What does this tell us about Jesus’ priorities in his ministry? What can we learn from this for our own walk with God?
In Mark 1:29-39 we see at least three things that are at the heart of Jesus’ ministry: healing, praying, and preaching. If Jesus’ ministry was focussed on bringing healing, praying, and preaching, we should focus on that as well.
4. Spend the rest of your time together talking about how you can 1) bring healing to yourself, your church and your city, 2) pray for yourself, your church, and your city, and 3) preach the gospel to yourself, your church, and your city. (don’t forget to pray for one another, your church, and your city while you’re together).
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