THE ROAD | 03.12.2017 | “Am I willing to let Him heal me?”

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Breaking Ground

Has there ever been a time when you have verbally committed to something in your life, but then only half-heartedly followed through on it?

What was it? How did it turn out? What held you back?


The Dig

Read Mark 10:46-52

Think—and listen—through the story carefully (maybe even have someone read it aloud 2-3 times); what about this story stands out to you?

Using your imagination, locate yourself in this story: are you Bartimaeus? Do you identify with the crowd, telling Bartimaeus to be quiet? Do you identify with Jesus’ disciples?

Talk about why you connect with this particular part of the story. What strikes you about it?

This healing story brackets another healing story from Mark 8:22-25.

In what ways are these stories similar? In what ways are they different?

Mark, in particular, often uses story “brackets” to highlight the information in between.

What happens between these two stories?

Why is it significant?

In what ways could Bartimaeus be considered a more “complete” disciple than Peter (8:27-33), the Rich Young Ruler (10:17-27), or James and John (10:35-45)?

What happens to Bartimaeus’ life when he throws off his coat (v50)? Describe it in your own words.

What is your “coat”? What have you been holding on to that might be between Jesus and something greater?

What would it look like TANGIBLY to throw this off?


Getting Out of the Hole

Continue to process what might be holding you back from pursuing Jesus fully. As things come up, make a tangible decision to throw those things aside and embrace the path he is inviting you onto.