(This message is online at: nwbcspringfield.com) - Use this listening guide as you watch the video worship services online. This will also have questions you can use with your connect group.
Bethesda means—”house of mercy or grace”
It’s __________feet long – _________feet wide – and _______ feet deep.
A colonnade with ______________ porches overlooks the body of water.
I. A CRAZY _______________________– VS. 6
II. A LAME _______________________– VS. 7
2 Kings 18:3 – “he did what was right in the Lord’s sight.”
Philippians 1:9-10 --- “And I pray this:…….that you can determine what really matters.”
III. AN IMPOSSIBLE ________________________ – VS. 8
8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” 9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath,
ICEBREAKER—•have you ever made a mistake because you weren't paying attention (or focusing)? ---
APPLY THE BIBLE -Read Philippians 1:9-10 --- “And I pray this:…….that you can determine what really matters.” What is Paul telling us to do ?.
Q1— What three commands does Jesus give this man as he heals him? Did the invalid man have a choice in the healing? ?
Q2— How did the man answer Jesus’ question? Do you think the man really wanted to be healed?
Q3— What pleases God more? Which is easier?
a. Loving people and showing mercy and grace to people in need, OR following a strict list of man-made rules and regulations?
b. Forgiving and loving those who have caused us hurt and pain, OR making sure that people pay the price for the things they have done to cause us pain and grief?
c. Celebrating God’s work among us, OR condemning those who break the rules? ?
Q4—At Northwest—How are you Connecting ? How are you Growing? How are you Serving?
A LITTLE LOVE HOMEWORK:
· This week look for opportunities to celebrate the work of God as it shows up in your life (family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.). Don’t miss out on what God is doing because of a focus on man-made rules and ideas about what God can and can’t do
· PRAY ABOUT : Pray that God would lead you to invite someone who needs to know the love of Jesus to be a part of our church.. Pray that you would be used by God to help someone answer the question, “Do you want to get well?”