Hungry To Love And Be Loved | Hungry | Week 2

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Hungry To Love And Be Loved | Hungry | Week 2
Pastor Dave Pretlove; Brett and Lydia Long

Why are we lonelier than ever?

1. We have lost sight of God's design.
Genesis 1:26-27, 2:18; Acts 1:8; Hebrews 10:23-25

2. We are terrified of being truly known.
Mark 10:46-52

3. We are too busy to love well.
John 13:34-35; 1 Peter 3:8-9

Resources

Group Questions

Pastor Dave talked about how we are connected more than ever before and yet we are lonelier than ever. What factors do you think contribute to this?

When you think of God’s design for community, which pieces of Scripture or stories from the Bible remind you of the importance for community? 

As you learn about Jesus and study his life through the Gospels, how do you see Jesus living in community? 

Read 1 Peter 3:8-9 aloud as a group. What is something that’s illuminated to you in this reading? Different parts of these verses may stand out to different people in your group. Reflect on what 

For this upcoming quarter, how can this group be better at knowing and loving each other? Choose one tangible change to experiment with.

Who is someone in your life that seems weary or lonely? How will you reach out this week and remind them that they are known and loved by you (and God!)?

A Prayer When Thinking Of Another Person

God, as I hold ___ a moment in my thoughts,
I ask that you would hold them eternally in yours,
remaining ever at work in their heart and life, even now
directing their paths toward your good ends.
- Every Moment Holy by Douglas McKelvey

Journal/Prayer Prompt

Reflect on Mark 10:46-52 again. Ask God to reveal what ways you have “shushed” others like the crowds do to Bartimaeus in verse 48. Spend some time confessing that to God and asking him to forgive the times you have pushed people away. If appropriate, make plans to ask that person for forgiveness. Then ask God to reveal a way you can “usher” someone to Jesus like in verse 49. Who in your life can you reach out to this week and say, “Take heart. Get up; Jesus is calling you.”? Let’s usher others to the heart of Jesus this week.

Something To Think About

On Sunday we talked about the story of Jesus with Bartimaeus in Mark 10. We focused on the crowds’ interaction and response to Bartimaeus. I pray you’re taking time this week to reflect on moving from shushing to ushering people closer to Jesus. I also want us to look at the end of the story – Jesus’ response to Bartimaeus.

Jesus doesn’t assume what Bartimaeus wants. He is God and he already knows but I think Jesus is modeling something for us here. In verse 51, Jesus asks Bartimaeus this question: “What do you want me to do for you?” He asks to recover his sight and Jesus declares that Bartimaeus’ faith has made him well. He recovers his sight and follows Jesus! 

Jesus doesn’t just heal Bartimaeus right away. He engages him in conversation and he wants to truly know Bartimaeus. By asking him that question, Bartimaeus was able to share, to be known, to be loved. He was able to voice what was actually stirring in his heart. I wonder if the people in our lives need this as well. They don’t need us to tell them what they should do or what they need or how we can help them fix a problem. Our friends, our family, our community just want to be seen and loved. This week, before you try to solve a problem or help a friend, maybe step back and just ask a question. Allow the person in front of you to voice what’s in their soul and remind them that they are seen and loved. 

Blessings,
Lydia Long
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