Apr 16, 2021
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After this, a Jewish festival took place, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. By the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there is a pool, called Bethesda in Aramaic, which has five colonnades. Within these lay a large number of the disabled — blind, lame, and paralyzed.
One man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and realized he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to get well?”
Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity.
“Sir,” the disabled man answered, “I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I’m coming, someone goes down ahead of me.” “Get up,” Jesus told him, “pick up your mat and walk.” Instantly the man got well, picked up his mat, and started to walk.
What can we learn about the character of God?
- He’s present
- He’s powerful
- He’s purposeful
How can we follow the example of Jesus?
How does God’s grace cut through the same we all experience in our own lives?
Now that day was the Sabbath, and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “This is the Sabbath. The law prohibits you from picking up your mat.” He replied, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’” “Who is this man who told you, ‘Pick up your mat and walk’?” they asked. But the man who was healed did not know who it was, because Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. After this, Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well. Do not sin anymore, so that something worse doesn’t happen to you.”
For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame
Webster’s defines shame as a “painful feeling of humiliation, sometimes caused by the consciousness of wrong behavior.” What has been your experience with shame? How have you handled the shame in your life?
Read John 5:1-14. What strikes you or interests you about this story? What observations or questions do you have?
What can we learn about the character of God from the way Jesus interacts with the paralyzed man?
Jesus stepped out of heaven in order to represent God’s glory in a broken world, and then He stepped to the other side of the pool of Bethesda to enter the brokenness of the paralyzed man. How can you personally follow the example of Jesus? What specific people (or people groups) can you intentionally engage with in their brokenness?
How does God’s grace cut through the guilt and shame we inevitably experience in our lives?
How are you enjoying the “Jesus and the…” series? What are you learning about God? How are you being encouraged / challenged to live differently?Holt Venue
Take a few minutes to read aloud the Scripture from Matthew 15:21-28. What stood out to you?
The original audience of the gospel of Matthew would have assumed that certain things about them (their heritage, traditions, etc.) meant that they had great faith. What are some of those things in your life? Why?
Do those things (your response from question 1) cause you to look down on other people? What can you do to change your attitude towards those people? Commit to taking one practical step and follow up at the next life group.
The Canaanite woman persistently cried out to Jesus because she held onto God’s promises from the past. What promises or truths about God do you hold onto that help you through difficult times?
Are you going through a difficult time right now? Jesus isn’t here anymore to perform healings, but the church is to be a blessing on his behalf. How can the lifegroup support you through this time? How can you support your lifegroup members?REO Town Venue
What is the worse job you have ever had? Why was it so bad?
Who are the people in our culture today that we treat like Zacchaeus?
Where are you today? Do you resonate with Zacchaeus when he was lost or are you in the process of sanctification?
How has your faith made you more like Jesus?
How can you live intentionally to reach the Zacchaeus’ of our culture?Westside Venue
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