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Mar 19, 2017

Servant Healer

Servant Healer

Passage: Matthew 8:14-22

Teacher: Matt Krick

Series: Lent 2017

Category: Discipleship


Matthew 8.14-22 | Discussion Questions

Each week of Lent we are looking at stories found in Matthew 8 & 9. In your Faith Communities or those you do life together with, invite each person to choose a character in the text for the week and answer these four questions as if you were that person:

  • Who am I?
  • Where am I?
  • What’s wrong?
  • What’s the remedy?

You could write a story or poem from that person’s perspective. If you are an artist you could paint, draw or write a song. 

If this exercise is something folks are not able to complete in advance to your gathering time, simply discuss these four questions together choosing different characters in the story.

Some other questions to consider from Matthew 8.14-22:

  • Start by reading the passage slowly. Imagine yourself in the story.
    • What stands out to you in this story? Why?
    • What is surprising to you about this story? Why?
  • In Matthew 8:14-15 we see another miracle where Jesus first touches someone and this time, that is all he does. No words, simply touching her hand heals her. He sees a need and serves her and then she gets up and serves him.
    • In what ways have you experienced the healing touch of Jesus serving you? In what ways do you respond in service to him?


  • What do you think of the scene in 8:18-22?
    • What do you think of Jesus’ words? Do they feel harsh?
    • Jesus seems to be getting after the idea that a big part of following Jesus requires us to give up our pre-occupation with what we often think is a priority and instead be willing to follow Jesus putting him and the kingdom of God first.
      • Read Matthew 6:31-24 in light of Matthew 8:18-22. Where do you struggle with worry?
      • What are some things that you have made a priority in your life that Jesus is inviting you to realign within the context of God’s kingdom view of reality?
      • Bonhoeffer said, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” What do you think this looks like for us? What do you think it means to be a follower of Jesus today in Marin and in our world?