Hey City Group leaders, praying for the gift of hospitality, that people will feel welcome and loved well. Praying for the gift of teaching, that those who come and are a part of the discussion will walk away closer to Jesus knowing, loving, and serving Him. I’m praying for God to give you insight and vision as to how He might use your group to fill a unique calling in your neighborhood and network. He’s placed you where you are for a specific Kingdom come kind of reach. All for His glory and our good. What you do matters, and it is bringing His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven.
Ice Breaker: What animal makes a better house pet, a cat or a dog? Why?
Read the scripture together out loud: Matthew 15:21-28
- What word or verse stood out to you? Why?
Sermon Summary: Jesus and his disciples went to an area called Tyre and Sidon, which is way outside the area where Jesus had just fed the five thousand by the sea of Galilee in Gentile territory. Jesus went to this area to get away. He wants to be unknown. But he was found by this woman that heard some stories of what Jesus could do and knew He was the only one that could help her. She hears that Jesus is in the area, seeks him out, falls at his feet, and begs him to deliver her daughter from a demon. And at first glance, this conversation can be very confusing, but Jesus grants her plea and commends the Canaanite woman for having great faith, and we learn a thing or two about what great faith looks like.
Main idea: Great faith is desperate, and great faith is persistent!
-Great faith is desperate-
- The Canaanite was desperate for Jesus to heal her daughter. What do you think it would have been like to have been this woman? Put yourself in her shoes for a moment. What would you feel?
- Chuck said he didn’t have faith that Jesus could plant this church (CL West CB), but in desperation, like the Canaanite woman, he went to the only place that he knew to go… he went to Jesus! In desperation, where do you typically go or what/who do you turn to?
- When was the last time you were desperate for Jesus to do something? How desperate are you for Jesus to get ahold of the heart of your child, to overcome that addiction, to get a handle on your finances, for your neighbor to know Jesus? How desperate are you to hear from God? How desperate are you for Jesus?…
- Where might Jesus be asking you to take the next steps of faith and follow him for your good?
-Great faith is persistent-
The Canaanite woman was shunned by the disciples, told she was annoying, an outcast, outsider, not welcomed, not wanted, or loved, but this did not stop her from moving towards Jesus. Verse 28 O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.
- Do you think Jesus wanted to see her be persistent? Why or why not?
- Do you remember a prayer that you were persistent in, and Jesus answered it? What was that like?
- What is a prayer that you need great faith in and for Jesus to stir in your heart again so that you are persistent once more in prayer?
- (if you have time, encourage your group to look at another story in the bible throughout their week about a persistent woman found in Luke 18:1-8.)
- What are some similarities and differences, and what can we as Jesus followers learn about being persistent in prayer?
Pray it out!