Week 1: Notice

Week 1: Notice

Notice Defined

Throughout the gospels, Jesus demonstrates His awareness of the brokenness in the world. Jesus noticed the blind, the lame, the sick, and the needy. Because of the amount of brokenness in the world, we can be tempted to avoid it altogether or grow numb to it. Instead, Jesus invites us to keep our eyes and ears open to the brokenness around us.

Watch the Week 1 Notice Video

Watch the Week 1 Notice Video

Discussion

  1. Read together Luke 7:11-17
  2. When Jesus saw, her he had compassion. What exactly did He see?
  3. What did it take to see that?
  4. Do you feel like you do a good job of really noticing others around you? If not, why not?
  5. Did you notice any hurting people this week? Where? How?
  6. How as a society have we become more self absorbed and isolated from the needs of others?
  7. How do we do better at noticing and being aware of hurting people around us?
  8. Why is this important?
  9. Take some time to pray together that God would open your eyes to the hurting people around you this week. Come next time prepared to share what you noticed.

Discussion

  1. Read together Luke 7:11-17
  2. When Jesus saw, her he had compassion. What exactly did He see?
  3. What did it take to see that?
  4. Do you feel like you do a good job of really noticing others around you? If not, why not?
  5. Did you notice any hurting people this week? Where? How?
  6. How as a society have we become more self absorbed and isolated from the needs of others?
  7. How do we do better at noticing and being aware of hurting people around us?
  8. Why is this important?
  9. Take some time to pray together that God would open your eyes to the hurting people around you this week. Come next time prepared to share what you noticed.

Making the shift

To notice means to perceive and to become aware of. At some point in our lives, we have been made aware of the pain, problems, and negativity of this world. Brokenness is in our families, ghettos, cities, states, and ultimately all around us. The moment we notice brokenness, feelings such as compassion, sadness, and guilt begin to take over. Between the overwhelming reality of the amount of brokenness in this world and our inability to solve it, combined with our selfishness, we do not have the capacity to carry this weight. In turn, we either  avoid the problems and grow numb to them or do just enough to clear our conscience.  Jesus doesn’t call us to avoid brokenness and grow numb to it, nor does he call us to fix it ourselves. Jesus invites us to notice and allow that to move our hearts. We should remember to be still and know that he is God and is already at work. Amazingly, He wants us to join Him in what He’s doing and think strategically about how we can holistically walk alongside broken people. 

Making the shift

To notice means to perceive and to become aware of. At some point in our lives, we have been made aware of the pain, problems, and negativity of this world. Brokenness is in our families, ghettos, cities, states, and ultimately all around us. The moment we notice brokenness, feelings such as compassion, sadness, and guilt begin to take over. Between the overwhelming reality of the amount of brokenness in this world and our inability to solve it, combined with our selfishness, we do not have the capacity to carry this weight. In turn, we either  avoid the problems and grow numb to them or do just enough to clear our conscience.  Jesus doesn’t call us to avoid brokenness and grow numb to it, nor does he call us to fix it ourselves. Jesus invites us to notice and allow that to move our hearts. We should remember to be still and know that he is God and is already at work. Amazingly, He wants us to join Him in what He’s doing and think strategically about how we can holistically walk alongside broken people. 

Tips to help us start noticing

  • Pray that God would open your eyes, ears, and heart to the brokenness around you.
  • Read through the Gospels and see how Jesus notices brokenness. Here are two examples of Jesus noticing: John 5: 1-15 and Luke 7:11-15.
  • Jesus noticed the sadness of the woman when her son died. The things that we are called to notice aren’t just loud issues like death or racism, but also a neighbor’s grief or need.
  • Throughout your daily routine, take some time to be intentional about noticing. You might notice a co-worker who is feeling down, a neighbor who is lonely, or even a family member who pours out their heart on social media. We don’t have to look far to see that there is brokenness in close proximity to us.

Tips to help us start noticing

  • Pray that God would open your eyes, ears, and heart to the brokenness around you.
  • Read through the Gospels and see how Jesus notices brokenness. Here are two examples of Jesus noticing: John 5: 1-15 and Luke 7:11-15.
  • Jesus noticed the sadness of the woman when her son died. The things that we are called to notice aren’t just loud issues like death or racism, but also a neighbor’s grief or need.
  • Throughout your daily routine, take some time to be intentional about noticing. You might notice a co-worker who is feeling down, a neighbor who is lonely, or even a family member who pours out their heart on social media. We don’t have to look far to see that there is brokenness in close proximity to us.

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