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Do You Want to Be Healed? | John 5:1-18

Do you feel a longing for something to be different in your life? As we start a new sermon series called Loaded Questions, John Elmore shows us how an interaction Jesus had with a disabled man thousands of years ago can radically change us today.

John ElmoreJan 2, 2022

In This Series (3)
Do You Want To Go Away As Well? | John 6:60-71
Blake HolmesJan 16, 2022
Who Do You Say I Am? | Matthew 16:13-28
John ElmoreJan 9, 2022
Do You Want to Be Healed? | John 5:1-18
John ElmoreJan 2, 2022

Summary

Do you feel a longing for something to be different in your life? As we start a new sermon series called Loaded Questions, John Elmore shows us how an interaction Jesus had with a disabled man thousands of years ago can radically change us today.

Key Takeaways

  • Our willpower is not greater than sin’s power, but God’s power is.
  • “Multitude of invalids” is a descriptor and picture of the Church. We are a Bethesda, which means house of kindness, grace, and mercy (John 5:2-3).
  • Not all who are sick want to be healed (John 5:6).
  • We can grow content with our lack of growth (2 Corinthians 7:10).
  • God doesn’t teach old dogs new tricks; He makes old dogs new.
  • Quit staring at the water; start praying to the Father (John 5:7; James 1:17).
  • We tend to love profound answers but shrug off simple obedience.
  • Jesus changes people. If you don’t have change, you may not have Jesus.
  • Carry your bed to reach the dead (John 5:8-12).
  • Sometimes we care more about our reputation than others’ salvation.
  • Every healing is unto Christ’s revealing (John 20:30-31).
  • God will use your former sickness to heal the present sickness in others.
  • We should be found worshipping after we get our healing, blessing, or answer to prayer (Luke 17:17-18).
  • Our unrepentant sin is worse than any amount of physical pain we can experience.
  • “Take more pains to keep yourself from sin than from suffering.”- Thomas Brooks
  • Resolutions rarely hold up, but we have a God who will never fail us.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Do you have a spiritual sickness or weakness that you’ve come to accept and won’t allow Jesus to heal?
  • What is your “pool of Bethesda”? Where are you putting your hope for change rather than Jesus?
  • How will you “carry your bed to reach the dead” this week?
  • If you want to be healed, will you follow Jesus’s commands?

Resources for Further Discussion

  • Suggested Scripture study: Psalm 126:5; John 5:1-18; John 9:2; 2 Corinthians 7:10; Isaiah 55:8-9; Matthew 6:25-27; James 1:17; 1 Corinthians 5:5; John 20:30-31; Luke 17:17-18
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