Mark 9v14-29: 

Big Idea: Discipleship is lived out mostly in the valley not on the mountaintop



  • If you’re doing this at home, why don’t you chalenj another family from church over zoom and play against each other for a bit of fun.
  • Play Chalenj: Compete in 3 types of Challenges in two teams, appoint a team capation who will say how many they will do for each challenge (group of 3 or 4 maximum) Mental, Physical, Mystery. There are three challenge in each category. Group are told the challenge and then choose one-upmanship that brings out the competitive side in everyone. So each challenge has a 30 sec time limit and the teams take in turn suggested how many they will get and keep increasing until a group think that can’t beat and challenge the previous group to fulfil the challenge.


  • Mental how many can you remember in 30 secs (memory game pages at bottom of page)
  1. Memory test, there are 20 items on the Powerpoint slide
  2. How many books of the bible can you name?
  3. Famous people and movie characters Powerpoint slide


  • Physical
  1. Star jumps in 30 secs, (must see both arms and legs going at same time)
  2. Running on the spot (play must have fitbit or watch that counts your steps) or count them to see how many they get. Starting 15, see which group who thinks they can do the most.
  3. Throw an object up in there about 1ft and catch see how many times you can throw and catch in 30secs


  • Mystery
  1. How many times can you hop across your room in 30 secs
  2. Find items in your house in 1min, see how many can you get? (don’t tell them what the items are until they guess how any they can get.

Items are: Spoon, hairbrush, piece of fruit, chocolate bar, book, toothbrush, ball, remote control, DVD or Music cd, hot water bottle, scarf, bin bag, key ring, teddy bear and charger lead

  1. Name countries in Europe, see how many you can do?

Discuss: What if, discuss a series of what if question:

Examples: What if you could live anywhere in the world?

Where would you live?

What if you could be any marvel superhero who would you be?

What if you could any person in history who would you be?

What if you could be a type of food what food would you be like?



Read passage

Mark 9:14-29 Jesus Heals a Boy Possessed by an Impure Spirit

14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.

16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.

17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”

19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.

28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.[a]



  1. What is like to get to the top of the mountain, how would you describe it?
  2. How do you think the disciples where felling after being to the top of the mountain with Jesus?
  3. Why does David say that discipleship is lived out mostly in the valley not on the mountaintop?
  4. Where do we see this in the passage?

Ans: v17 man brings his son who is possessed by a spirit, life is not always easy for people, people are still hurting. The disciples see that regardless of how amazing the top of the mountain is, there are people who need help. Also, that the disciples could not heal the boy, and often Christians face disappointment as well.  The majority of our faith is fairly ordinary and mundane, but that is ok. Jesus lived an ordinary life for 30 years before he started his ministry.

  1. What do we learn about being a disciple from this passage?

Ans:  Being with Jesus is a good thing to have in him in our lives v15, faith is messy v19 people’s unbelief or lack of faith – show that trust in Jesus partly but not fully (we are all often like this). The man in v22 has belief Jesus that he can heal his son, but not fully, “if you can do something” if is conditional, it signifies his lack of faith an often we are like that. We are so overcome with what is happening around us it makes us doubt God and ask if you could do something. The man finds himself torn at the thought and in his confusion cries out, v24 “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Which is actually quite funny, I do believe but I don’t at the same time.

  1. How does Jesus encourage our faith to be strengthen?

Ans: Turn to God, in our doubts, lack of faith is only strengthened by the object of our faith. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” v23. When we lack faith, we turn to God in prayer, it is there that God meets us, hears our cries and we come to know that in him all things are possible. In 2 Kings 6v6 the prophet Elisha and his servant are in the city of Dothan, which was surrounded by an enemy army searching for him.  His servant was in despair.  But Elisha said to him, 2 Kings 6v16: “Don’t be afraid, those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

In the next verse he prays for God to confirm this, “And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

Optional: Watch Battle of Helms Deep from Lord of the Rings – When Gandall and roders of Rohan come to aid their king. (personally one of my favourite moment in movie history)


  1. How does pray help us, why do some people struggle praying in those valley moments?
  2. Take time to pray
  3. Pray that God would open your eyes to see that those who are with you are more than those against you. It is not in your own strength that your faith will stand, but by the power of God and the army of the Lord of hosts which surrounds his people.

Listen to Chris Tomlin song Whom shall I fear (which is inspired for the Elisha passage)   

Memory game 1


Memory game 2 Books of the bible

The Old Testament

  1. Genesis
  2. Exodus
  3. Leviticus
  4. Numbers
  5. Deuteronomy
  6. Joshua
  7. Judges
  8. Ruth
  9. 1 Samuel
  10. 2 Samuel
  11. 1 Kings
  12. 2 Kings
  13. 1 Chronicles
  14. 2 Chronicles
  15. Ezra
  16. Nehemiah
  17. Esther
  18. Job
  19. Psalms
  20. Proverbs
  21. Ecclesiastes
  22. Song of Solomon
  23. Isaiah
  24. Jeremiah
  25. Lamentations
  26. Ezekiel
  27. Daniel
  28. Hosea
  29. Joel
  30. Amos
  31. Obadiah
  32. Jonah
  33. Micah
  34. Nahum
  35. Habakkuk
  36. Zephaniah
  37. Haggai
  38. Zechariah
  39. Malachi

The New Testament

  1. Matthew
  2. Mark
  3. Luke
  4. John
  5. Acts (of the Apostles)
  6. Romans
  7. 1 Corinthians
  8. 2 Corinthians
  9. Galatians
  10. Ephesians
  11. Philippians
  12. Colossians
  13. 1 Thessalonians
  14. 2 Thessalonians
  15. 1 Timothy
  16. 2 Timothy
  17. Titus
  18. Philemon
  19. Hebrews
  20. James
  21. 1 Peter
  22. 2 Peter
  23. 1 John
  24. 2 John
  25. 3 John
  26. Jude
  27. Revelation

Memory game 3 


Memory game 1 answers


  1. Bible
  2. Gun
  3. Flower
  4. Football
  5. Torch
  6. Teddy bear
  7. Candle
  8. Pampers (nappy)
  9. Bottle opener
  10. Carrot
  11. Missile (rocket)
  12. Fork
  13. Homer Simpson
  14. Banana
  15. Car
  16. Haribo Tangfastics
  17. Michele O’Neil
  18. Donut
  19. Ulster flag
  20. Irish Dancers



Memory 3 Famous people and movie characters answers

  1. Wolverine
  2. Donald Trump
  3. Maya Jama
  4. Stormzy
  5. Mickey Mouse
  6. Harry Styles
  7. Marcus Rashford
  8. Rihanna
  9. Billy Elish
  10. Scooby Doo
  11. David Keys
  12. Megan Markle
  13. Steven Gerard
  14. Baby Yoda or Grogu
  15. Simon Bassett
  16. Daphne Bridgeton
  17. Declan Donnelly
  18. Harry Potter/Daniel Radcliffe
  19. Johnny McClelland
  20. Naomi Long