Have you ever had a traumatic event happen to one of your kids or someone you were really close to? Have your kids ever been hospitalized? How did you respond?
This official’s son was near death and he hears of a man who could heal him. Do you think this man believed Jesus could really do something? Or do you think he was just desperate and willing to try anything?
Why do you think Jesus responded the way that he did in verse 48?
Are you surprised at the way the official responded in verse 49 after Jesus’ statement in verse 48?
The sermon began by saying that faith starts with reason. This man heard true reports about Jesus and then went to see him. What role does “reason” have in your faith?
How much time do you spend looking into the reasonability of the Christian faith?
If you could know more about one aspect of the Christian faith what would it be? (The reliability of Scripture. The truth of the resurrection. The existence of God. Hell. Intelligent design...)
What are one or two ways you could learn more about the aspect of the Christian faith you are unsure about?
Faith also grows in trials. Has there been a time in your life when a trial has led to greater faith?
Faith results in trust. Everyone acts on their faith in one form or another no matter what your worldview is. The official in this story went home in faith and led his whole family to belief. In what area do you need to “exercise” your faith in so that it’s not just in your head but it’s in your “going”?