Who was your best friend growing up? Why were you so close? What made this person a good friend?
What is the greatest gift you've ever received from a friend?
Read Luke 5:17-26.
What is your opinion of the friends in this story? In what ways can we look at the friends in this story as an example for us?
Are there parts of this story that you do not like? Why?
If you had been one of the friends, how would you have responded when Jesus said, "Your sins are forgiven?"
Why do you think Jesus said this before he healed the man?
Do you think this man was paralyzed because of his sins? Why or why not? Does it matter?
Were this man's sins forgiven? Did Jesus have authority to forgive sins? Why did Jesus think it was important to heal the man?
Which was more important for this man: to be healed of his paralysis or to be forgiven for his sins? Why?
Who do you know that needs healing and forgiveness from Jesus? What is one thing you can do this week to bring this person closer to meeting Jesus?
We can't be exactly like Jesus, because Jesus was God. However, we can strive to be as much like him as possible. How can this story inspire you to be like Jesus? What can you do that is like his act of forgiving sins? What can you do that is like his act of healing the man?
How can this group pray for you this week?