Transformation in a Tricky World

April 24, 2022   /   Pastor Kyle Bonenberger   /   City Church

THE TEXT: 2 Kings 5.

Never underestimate what God can do through a transformed .

| 2 Kings 5:1-9 |

Trusting God almost never means throwing out the .

| 2 Kings 5:10 |

Transformation requires .

| 2 Kings 5:11-14 |

Sometimes transformation means a dance around the of .

| 2 Kings 5:15-18 |

 


SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

What Do You Think? 

Looking back at Sunday’s message, what particular point stood out to you, challenged you, or raised a question for you?

The Story of Your Life

  1. On Sunday, we looked at the transformation story of Naaman the Syrian from 2nd Kings 5. We saw how an influential Pagan military commander was willing to go into Israelite territory (even though they were staunch enemies) to seek the prophet Elisha’s help. The result of his physical healing was the transformation of his life. Have a few group members share how God transformed their lives (either a salvation story, a story of overcoming an area with the Lord, or shifting a way of thinking, etc.).
  2. Once Naaman became a follower of the Lord, he immediately realized he needed to renounce Pagan worship. He also knew his job back home would require him to participate in ceremonial services in the house of Rimmon (a Syrian god). As he wrestled with this, we saw the messy nature of transformation “lived out.”  Tell about a time when your transformation journey was messier than you wished at the time.

Digging Deeper in God’s Word

  1. Like Naaman, other influential leaders have often sought God’s help in times of struggle. One example of this in the Gospels is the Roman Centurion who seeks the Lord’s help with his sick servant. Read Luke 7:1-10 and answer the following prompts.
    1. Have a few group members recap the story using their own words.
    2. What does this story tell us about God/people/you?
    3. Thinking back to Naaman’s story, in what ways are their responses similar? In what ways are they different?
    4. Do you think the Centurion’s life was transformed after this? Why or why not?
  2. There’s another influential leader who sought God’s assistance named Simon the Magician in Acts 8:9-23. Simon seemed to have had a very different motivation. Read it together and answer the following prompts.
    1. Have a few group members recap the story using their own words.
    2. What does this story tell us about God/people/you?
    3. Thinking back to Naaman’s story, in what ways are their responses similar? In what ways are they different?
    4. Do you think Simon the Magician’s life was transformed after this? Why or why not?
  3. Transformation lived out is messy, regardless of the time and culture in which it happens. Jesus knew this would be the case and even prayed for us in light of that. It’s been referred to as the “High Priestly Prayer” over the years in John 17. Read John 17:6-19 and answer the following questions.
    1. What does Jesus pray for his disciples here?
    2. Unpack verses 15-16 specifically. What do you think Jesus is trying to communicate about the messy nature of discipleship/remaining in the world?

Personal Reflection and Application

1) Have everyone share one thing someone else said that struck a chord with you from today’s discussion.2) Pray for one another.

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