Today is Wednesday, March 6th, 2019. In the fifth chapter of John we see Jesus perform another miracle, healing an invalid, but the Jewish leaders are upset because the healing took place on the Sabbath. They chose to respond legalistically, seeking to persecute Jesus, rather than celebrate the great love and compassion he showed this man. There is a great deal to be learned from Christ’s work and this man's response, so let’s ask the Holy Spirit to aid us in our study of this text - Jon
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
[ John 9b-18]
9b Now that day was the Sabbath. 10 So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” 18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What was the significance of the sabbath to the Jewish people? (v. 9b)
_ Why would the man obey Jesus, and violate the Sabbath, if he did not know who Jesus was at the time? (v 11-13)
_ What does Jesus mean when he says “SIn no more, that nothing worse may happen to you?(v 14)
_ What does Jesus mean when he says “My Father is working until now”?(v 17)
_ Why are the Jews so intent on killing Jesus? Aren’t the Jews the ones who were awaiting a Messiah? (v 18)
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)