Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man - Week One

Sunday, August 13, 2023


“Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man”

Luke 5:17-26


Our thoughts control our behavior.


It’s possible to control your thoughts.


We must recognize two things:

  • We are at War!
  • Capture every thought!


It is NOT about Self-Help!


Don’t miss what truly matters.


Practical Application:

  • Identify your emotions and thoughts.
  • Don’t fight alone – Get help!
  • Spend time alone with God.
  • Pray.
  • Remember the truth about yourself.
  • Start thinking differently about yourself.
  • At times, you may lose a battle, but still win.




CHRISTlike Characteristics: C- Connected to God in Word and Prayer, S- Spirit-led Servant, T- Trustworthy Steward





LifeGroup Questions:  Applying the Teaching to Our Life

  1. Icebreaker: Play the game “2 truths and a lie” (each person takes a turn and tells two truths and one lie about themselves (in any order). After a person has shared these 3 facts about themselves, the group has to try to find out which one is the lie)
  2. What is your favorite music soundtrack of all times?
  3. What is one thing that stood out to you in the message this week?
  4. When have you seen in your own life that your thoughts controlled your behavior?
  5. What do you already do (or think you should do) to battle the negative spiral of thinking?
  6. What is one situation from your childhood that shaped the way you think or behave today?
  7. What lie do you need to battle against the most?
    • I am unlovable.
    • I am worthless.
    • I am ugly.
    • I am helpless.
    • I am a failure or a loser.
    • I cannot trust anyone.
    • There is something inherently wrong with me.
    • If people only knew me truly, they could never love me.
    • I can’t do it anymore.
    • I need to be successful to matter.
    • ____ (feel free to add your own)


How can we remind ourselves to rely on God’s power and not our own?


What is one practical step that you can take in your faith journey as you engage in the war for your mind?


End your time praying for each other and for yourself about the lies that you may have believed for so long.