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Week 1

The Power of Touch

Matthew 7:7–8 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

  • God desires to see everyone healed and he has instructed us to pursue that desire with passionate determination.

Psalm 135:6 I had great faith that my eye could be healed and still do, but I also know that God’s grace is sufficient for me when the answer that I’m looking for doesn’t come.

  • God is sovereign and when he responds in ways we don't understand, we trust his timing and will.

1 Corinthians 13:12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

  • I have great faith that God can heal all things, but I also know that God’s grace is sufficient for me when the answer that I’m looking for doesn’t come.

Matthew 4:23‭-‬24 Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed—he healed them all.

  • When Jesus is present, anything is possible

Matthew 8:1‭-‬4 crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. Then Jesus said to him, “Don’t tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.”  

Four things from this story:

  • He was desperate
  • His desperation moved him to brokenness
  • Jesus touched him
  • He received God's work humbly

  • God is a person who reached out to us in our time of need