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A Jesus for the Broken
Sermon Discussion | Luke 5:1-32
Sean Keefe

One of the first things Duane mentioned was the popular saying “Time heals all wounds.” Why do you think people say this? Do you think there is truth in this statement? Have you found it to be true in your life?

The take away that Duane wanted us to remember above everything else from this sermon was that Jesus heals all wounds.

God promises to heal the brokenness we bring to Him. Read through Psalm 103:2-4 before beginning the sermon discussion.

I. The Doubting

Jesus asked Peter and the other fisherman to go back out on the lake after an unsuccessful night of fishing, and throw their nets in again. Peter didn’t have real belief that he would catch anything, but out of deference he honored Jesus’ request. Peter acted out of subservience.

What is the difference between acting out of subservience (or faithless obedience), and acting with real faith?

How can we examine ourselves to make sure faith is our motivator and not just faithless obedience?

Have you ever struggled with serious doubts about Christianity or the Bible? What did that look like in your life?

Duane said you can’t really be a solid and mature Christian without asking those tough questions and getting answers to the doubts you have so that you can have an informed and rational faith.

Have you had any serious doubts answered that have led you to a stronger faith in God?

Jesus was not upset by Peter’s doubts, but instead responded with acceptance and an invitation to join Him in ministry. What do you think Jesus would say to the doubts you have right now?

II. The Dirty

Leprosy in the Bible is a term used to refer to multiple different ailments or diseases that affected the skin of a person. Lepers were deemed “unclean” and forced to live in special colonies where they would not come in contact with “clean” people. They spent their lives as outcasts.

What kind of psychological effects would living as an outcast have on someone?
Can you relate to lepers? Have you ever felt like an outcast? What effect did that have on you?

Physical sickness can have very real effects on our sense of self. The prolonged effects of sickness can make us feel like we are no longer ourselves.

Have you ever had a time in your life where you didn’t feel like yourself? What was that like for you? How did you get through that period?

Jesus was not put off by the leper, nor was he afraid to touch him. No one is untouchable to Jesus. No one is too far gone. He cares and He is willing to heal.

Jesus cares about our bodies, minds, and souls. Where do you need Jesus’ healing hand right now in your life?

III. The Damned

The paralyzed man was lowered through the roof by his friends so that Jesus could heal him. Before Jesus addressed his physical ailment, He told the man his sins were forgiven. At that time in history, it was a popular notion that physical ailments were a curse given by God for personal or family sin. The disabled were considered damned.

Have you ever thought that a personal tragedy, sickness, or disability was a curse from God for a sin you committed? What might you say to someone who is thinking this way?

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (v. 31-32)

If we don’t think we’re sick or broken, then we won’t see our need for Jesus.
When are you most likely to NOT feel a deep need for Jesus? How could we address this lack of a sense of need for Him?

How can we communicate the hope of forgiveness to those who are experiencing brokenness?

IV. Pray for One Another

Pray for God to give understanding and hope to those who are doubting.

Pray for eyes to see that Jesus is willing and able to heal the dirtiest parts of us.

Pray for those who feel damned and beyond hope to see the forgiveness given through Jesus.