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Session 20

Are your beliefs based on experience?

Read: Mark 7:24-37

Whether it’s a new movie in theaters or an unknown band’s first song on the radio, we all love celebrating something new.

But forming an opinion about something we haven’t actually seen or heard for ourselves can do more damage than good. If we didn’t actually see the movie or listen to the band’s album, our judgment is just speculation. We can have an opinion about the movie or the music, but it doesn’t matter much if we haven’t taken the time to experience them ourselves.

The most trustworthy spokespeople experience things before they promote them. That's the kind of spokespeople Jesus calls us to be. 

As Jesus healed and performed miracles, opinions about Him grew. But Jesus wants to be more than a spectacle we talk about. He wants us to change our lives from the inside out. Rather than have an opinion about Jesus, we can have a personal connection with Him. 

Jesus wasn't interested in being a political or religious celebrity, but a personal Savior. He changes us personally before we share about Him publicly. That way, we speak about Him from sincere passion, not just opinion.

Jesus wants to speak to us before He speaks through us. And we should listen to Him before we expect others to as well. Through knowing Jesus and following Him step by step, we better understand how He also wants to change other people, too.

Reflect:

  • What’s one way Jesus has changed you?
  • Who can you tell about how Jesus has changed you?

1

How to experience true change

How to experience true change

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2

Why baptism matters for you

Why baptism matters for you

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3

Do you want to be closer to Jesus?

Do you want to be closer to Jesus?

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4

Do you see Jesus as a healer?

Do you see Jesus as a healer?

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5

Why does time with Jesus matter?

Why does time with Jesus matter?

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6

What does faith look like?

What does faith look like?

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7

You don’t have to clean up first

You don’t have to clean up first

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8

What is the Sabbath and why does it matter?

What is the Sabbath and why does it matter?

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9

How to do life with others like Jesus did

How to do life with others like Jesus did

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10

Is your top commitment to Jesus?

Is your top commitment to Jesus?

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11

Are you growing good soil?

Are you growing good soil?

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12

Your story is powerful and important

Your story is powerful and important

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13

How to combat fear with faith

How to combat fear with faith

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14

How has Jesus changed your whole life?

How has Jesus changed your whole life?

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15

Why your faith is important

Why your faith is important

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16

How to believe even when it’s hard to see

How to believe even when it’s hard to see

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17

What to do when you face an impossible task

What to do when you face an impossible task

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18

Don’t let distraction stop you from seeing the miracle

Don’t let distraction stop you from seeing the miracle

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19

Life with Jesus is more than a list of rules

Life with Jesus is more than a list of rules

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20

Are your beliefs based on experience?

Are your beliefs based on experience?

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21

When it’s time to stop asking for a sign

When it’s time to stop asking for a sign

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22

Sometimes, saying no is the best yes

Sometimes, saying no is the best yes

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23

What happens when you go to God in prayer

What happens when you go to God in prayer

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24

You are a vital part of the church family

You are a vital part of the church family

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25

What Jesus said you should do with sin

What Jesus said you should do with sin

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26

Who do you lean on the most?

Who do you lean on the most?

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27

How to know what you really value

How to know what you really value

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28

Tired of not getting your way?

Tired of not getting your way?

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29

You have a brand, but do you know what it is?

You have a brand, but do you know what it is?

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30

The greatest of all the commandments is love

The greatest of all the commandments is love

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31

It’s OK to want to be blessed

It’s OK to want to be blessed

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32

How to survive the end of the world

How to survive the end of the world

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33

You’re one of the bad guys

You’re one of the bad guys

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34

Why communion is a powerful symbol of our faith

Why communion is a powerful symbol of our faith

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35

When you are weak, Jesus makes you strong

When you are weak, Jesus makes you strong

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36

Are you scared of sharing your faith?

Are you scared of sharing your faith?

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37

Does fear drive you to deny Jesus?

Does fear drive you to deny Jesus?

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38

You don’t have to make everyone happy

You don’t have to make everyone happy

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39

You are not alone in your suffering

You are not alone in your suffering

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40

Some things are too important to worry about fitting in

Some things are too important to worry about fitting in

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41

What the resurrection did for you

What the resurrection did for you

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