His Gospel Heals
Context: The following is a discipleship lesson focusing on a core value of being an authentic disciple of Jesus. These build on the foundation laid in our resources for Exploring Christianity and Mentoring a New Christian. You can see the Table of Contents for this lesson series here.
Big Idea: The Gospel is the power of God for our salvation, restoration and healing.
Part 1: Discovery
Read and reflect on these Scriptures:
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 53.4-5 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
New Testament Reading: Romans 1.16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 9.35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Questions For Discussion:
1. What are these passages saying in your own words?
2. How do we see the beauty and majesty of Jesus in these passages?
3. What does this passage teach us about life?
Part 2: Nurture
Now that we have discovered truth about Jesus with our minds, we want to nurture these truths in our hearts.
Questions For Discussion:
1. In what ways has our world been broken by sin? In what ways has your life been broken by sin?
2. How is Jesus and the Gospel a source of healing for us?
3. Have you experienced this in your life?
4. What might it look like to experience more of the healing power of Jesus and the Gospel in your life? What fruit would this bear in your life and in our world?
Part 3: Apply
As we have seen from the Word that the Gospel heals, and now that we have nurtured this truth in our hearts so that we not only see it, but savor it, what are practices we can incorporate in our lives in order for this to be a growing part of our lives?
1. Remember that spiritual practices are not the answer for a disciple, but they lead an authentic disciple to The Answer Himself.
2. Embracing a life of spiritual practices doesn't keep us from the spontaneous leadership of the Spirit, they actually sensitize and make us aware in a greater way in our day to day lives and the situations we encounter.
3. Also, a common mistake disciples make in being intentional in embracing spiritual practices is taking on too much at once, getting discouraged and quitting. As you look at these practices be in prayer about what step the Holy Spirit is calling you to take and become consistent with.
Practice 1: Confession of Sin- When we regularly practice confession of sin, this practice releases the healing power of the Gospel in our lives.
Practice 2: Healing prayer- God heals us from both emotional wounds and physical sickness through prayer. If you need healing from emotional wounds, we recommend receiving prayer ministry. You can ask one of our staff pastors to connect you with someone gifted in this regard if that is a next step for you.
Practice 3: Relation Repair- we release more of the healing power of the Gospel in our lives as we seek forgiveness from those whom we have sinned against, and as we practice forgiveness toward those who have sinned against us.
1. Which of these practices have been a part of your discipleship to Jesus?
2. After taking some time to pray, how do you sense the Holy Spirit leading you to respond in regards to what we have talked about today?