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Sermon, Sunday February 19, 2017

This Sunday is Family Sunday for children in JK-Grade 6. Kids join their families in the Sanctuary for an integrated service with experiential activities for the whole family!

We continue our Sermon Series in the book of Mark, ‘Inside Out’. This Sunday we are taking a look at Mark 7:31-37.

Jesus Heals a Deaf and Mute Man

31 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. 32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.

33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). 35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

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Sermon Study Questions: Mark 7:31-37

  1. Have you ever been on a long trip? What was that experience like?
  2. Identify something in your life that you long to be made right. (ex: a relationship, physical illness, etc).
  3. What might it look like to pray through “wordless groans” of the Holy Spirit?
  4. What was your experience of the prayer stations on Sunday? Was there one that stands out to you that was particularly meaningful?

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