Ecclesia – Open Up Your Hands

Join us in-person or online at 10:30 am as pastor David continues through his series Ecclesia. This week he is focusing on why you need to have faith if you want to be an excellent church.

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Open Up Your Hands (Mark 5:21-34)

Blue Hand Print Clip Art

1. Your hands of faith are open when you ________________ God’s __________________ touch on your life.

2. Your hands of faith are open when you ________________ in your pursuit of God’s _____________

Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7) 

3. Your hands of faith are open when you _____________ upon Jesus _____________. 

4. Your hands of faith are open when you choose to _____________ positive ________________ thoughts.

What I __________ determines what I _______.

-Proverbs 23:7

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is. (Romans 12:2)

Jesus not only wants to meet your __________;

He wants to meet ________.

5. Your hands of faith are open when you _______________ God’s private work ________________. 

Digging Deeper

Q1: What is the most exciting or treasured gift you have ever received?

Q2: Has there ever been a time in your life where you may not have received a blessing from the Lord because your hands were “already full”?  If so, explain.

Q3: Read through Hebrews 11.  Which character of faith can you relate to?  Why?  What is it about their faith that encourages you to walk by faith?

Q4: The woman in the story could have easily given up due to frustration or repeated disappointments.  Have you ever gone through a time when you were tempted to “throw in the towel”…or maybe did?  If so, explain.

Q5: What kinds of negative or pessimistic thoughts do you struggle with when you are going through a tough time?  What scripture(s) help you win the battle of your mind?

Q6: Study I Samuel 17:32-50.  What are some faith principles that you can glean from this story to empower you as you face the “giants” in your life?

Q7: Take some time right now to open up the palms of your hands and pray a prayer of faith…asking God to do for you that which only He can do.