Published for Week 5, Semester 2 2020.
Scripture: Mark 9.14-29 Speaker: Rowan Kemp
Series: Beyond Opinion: The Truth of Jesus
This week, we return to the series Beyond Opinion: The Truth of Jesus.
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Pre-talk discussion question: In what situations do you think it would be really hard to trust Jesus? Post-talk discussion: Share something Jesus does in the Gospels that you find personally encouraging OR How might this encounter between Jesus and the boy and his dad be encouraging to Christians when they have doubts about their faith?
‘The reason ____ was not healed is because they didn’t have enough faith.’ How could we respond to this claim in light of what it means to ‘pray with faith’?
14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
Friendly tip: Feel free to use/modify this prayer or write your own if you feel compelled to do so. Feel free to also pray for your faculty or other prayer points you may have.
Thank God that we can entrust in God's revealed promises when we find moments of unbelief.
Pray that we can turn to the work of Jesus and His power when we doubt our faith.
The EU continues to encourage faculties to be thinking and praying for people around the world who are Less Reached and Less Resourced (LRLR).
Ask your faculty members if there are any missionaries or people groups that they have been praying for, and encourage them to share and lead the faculty in prayer at this time.
Alternatively, you can pray for the Fulani, Nigerian in Nigeria. They are a small semi-nomadic people group located in Nigeria and Cameroon. Many of them are illiterate, which can be an obstacle in learning about Christ if the Gospel comes to them only in printed form.
For the 0.08% Christian believers that they will be sent teachers so the can be firm in their faith.
The people group (the Mborro tribe) that they can be see the value of education for their children and be ultimately be taught the Gospel of Jesus.
Pray that Christian leaders can find creative ways to share the Gospel that don't necessarily require literacy skills to understand it.
The Evangelism Network Team has prepared a video for this week about what the "Year of Evangelism" has meant to EU'ers.
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The EU Executive AGM will be on Monday 21st September at 6 pm - the zoom link can be found in your faculties.