Where did the events of Mark 2:1-12 take place? What specific ministry did Jesus want to accomplish (v. 1-2)? What should be the basis of an active faith?
What problem did the paralytic man and his friends encounter upon arriving in the place where Jesus was teaching the Word of God to a packed audience? How did they solve their problem? What did Jesus see in them that was demonstrated in their action? (v. 3-5)
Active faith takes initiative to draw closer to God. How is a person’s faith and God’s working in his or her life connected? How much of your life do you involve God? In what ways are you intentional in drawing closer to God so that during a difficult situation, you naturally draw close to Him? Do you trust God enough that you would do whatever it takes to draw close to Him because you know and understand that it is the best solution?
Active faith seeks to influence others to be led to Christ. What did the four friends do to manifest their active faith in Jesus? With all honesty, what keeps you from leading someone you know to Christ? What would happen if you ignore the spiritually lost around you? Are you actively seeking a way to lead and draw others closer to God? How are you exerting influence on your friends and loved ones who are young in their faith? Why should you be an example of what it means to live a life of faith and trust in God?
Why did Jesus choose to forgive the paralytic’s sin before healing him physically? Why is it that meeting spiritual needs is above all needs? As you mature in your faith and walk with God, how are you learning to look through life with spiritual lenses and pursue what is eternal?
Note two heart conditions that you should be cautious of as these can be hindrances in cultivating an active faith: