MERCY FOR THE MARGINALIZED

Showing mercy to the marginalized means you are good. But receiving mercy from them—and from Jesus—means you are even better. 

Notes And Next Steps

Mark 10:46-52 + Part 4 of the series “Vivid"

Do you know why Jesus encountered so many marginalized people? Because that’s where Jesus hung out. 

Jesus doesn’t want your best to be your savior because it’s never good enough. He wants to be your Savior.

But he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me.” (Mark 10:48)

“Your faith has healed you.” (Mark 10:52)

“Go!” (Mark 10:52)

Show mercy. And see what happens.

SPIRITUAL NEXT STEP

CrossLife is partnering with Pflugerville Pregnancy Resource Center to provide compassion, support and resources to women and children in need. Can you help with the Baby Bottle Boomerang?

Discussion Questions

  1. CrossLife is partnering with Pflugerville Pregnancy Resource Center to provide compassion, support and resources to women and children in need. Can you help with the Baby Bottle Boomerang? Can you volunteer there?
  2. God’s promise of mercy to us often clarifies during a time of hardship. Why? Read 2 Corinthians 12:6-10 and Psalm 119:67,71,75. 
  3. Google the inspirational story of James “Radio” Kennedy for a refreshingly positive reminder about mercy going two ways. Even as the team showed mercy to “Radio,” he impacted them with a “favor” of mercy. How does Matthew 5:7 relate?
  4. What role does mercy play in evangelism? Discuss the miracles of Jesus as an example. 
  5. It takes one person to lead change in a conversation or interaction. Read Mark 10:46-52 and notice how the crowd’s treatment of Bartimaeus changed because Jesus and his disciples show mercy to him. Where do you need to stop going along with the crowd, and become an agent of mercy? Pray about this for a week, and see what God can do.