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March 15, 2019

Sermon Discussion Questions: Believe and Don't Doubt

Jason Meyer

Pastor for Preaching & Vision

The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon on March 17, “Believe and Don’t Doubt” (Mark 11:22–25). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.

Outline

  1. The relationship between prayer and faith (Mark 11:22–24)
  2. The relationship between prayer and forgiveness (Mark 11:25)

Main Point: Real prayer must come from a heart of faith and forgiveness.

Discussion Questions

  • Why is it wrong to take Mark 11:22–24 and turn it into a health, wealth, and prosperity gospel?
  • In verse 23, why does Jesus mention “this mountain” instead of “a” mountain?
  • Why does Jesus bring up prayer in this context anyway?
  • What is the relationship between prayer and faith?
  • What is the relationship between prayer, faith, and a forgiving heart?
  • Why does it become difficult to forgive someone? What are the dynamics at work in that scenario?

Application Questions

  • In their relationship with God, the Jewish people were relying on external rituals and sacred space. Where do we begin to rely on rituals or externals? What does it look like to not trust in ritual or liturgy or location for prayer, but to trust in God?
  • What does your prayer life look like? How can grow prayer in your life so that it becomes not a discipline to master, but an expression of your communion with God?
  • Is there anyone whom you need to forgive? Is there anyone whose sin is bigger than the cross?

Prayer Focus
Pray for a faith-filled heart that leans into the Lord to grow in a praying life.

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