Read Mark 2:1-12 out loud.
2 When he entered Capernaum again after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 So many people gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway, and he was speaking the word to them. 3 They came to him bringing a paralytic, carried by four of them. 4 Since they were not able to bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and after digging through it, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying. 5 Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
6 But some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts: 7 “Why does he speak like this? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8 Right away Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were thinking like this within themselves and said to them, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat, and walk’? 10 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he told the paralytic— 11 “I tell you: get up, take your mat, and go home.”
12 Immediately he got up, took the mat, and went out in front of everyone. As a result, they were all astounded and gave glory to God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Read: Mark 2:1-12 out loud a second time (if someone else is with you have them read it).
Someone RETELL: the passage in their own words as best they can.
ASK: What do we learn about God from the Story? (Be sure to ONLY answer this question using the passage above)
ASK: What do we learn about the human race from the story? (Be sure to ONLY answer this question using the passage above - When in doubt ask ‘Where do you see that in the passage?’)
ASK: How will your life change if you put this story into practice? (Try to answer this by starting your sentence with the words “I Will…”)
ASK: Who do you know who needs to hear this story?