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Jesus and the Hurting

John 5:1-18

  1. Why is it important to understand that the places in John 2 are real places?
  2. What conclusions would you draw from the fact that Jesus places Himself in the midst of a multitude of people who are hurting?
  3. Why did we read from Revelation 3 in the course of the message? What was the connection?
  4. How has Jesus changed everything for you?
  5. How did our conversation about manuscript copies encourage you to have confidence in God’s Word?
  6. Why did Jesus ask the man if he wanted to be healed?
  7. Is being “lawful” the same as being “sinful”?
  8. How does Jesus’ interaction with the leaders in Mark 7 help us to understand this?
  9. Why is your answer to the question of Jesus’ identity a matter of eternal significance?
  10. How did the preferences of the Jewish leaders get in the way of what God was doing?
  11. What did we say about the connection between physical suffering and a person’s sin?
  12. Reflect on the meaning of Mark 2:27,28 in connection with this account.
  13. Why were the Jewish leaders seeking to kill Jesus?
  14. How does this connect with our statement of faith?

Statement of Faith

15. How would you respond to this quote from C.S. Lewis?

“Our imitation of God in this life—that is, our willed imitation, as distinct from any of the likenesses which He has impressed upon our natures or our states—must be an imitation of God Incarnate: our model is the Jesus, not only of Calvary, but of the workshop, the roads, the crowds, the clamorous demands and surly oppositions, the lack of all peace and privacy, the interruptions. For this, so strangely unlike anything we can attribute to the Divine life in itself, is apparently not only like, but is, the Divine life operating under human conditions.”

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Four Loves, London: Geoffrey Bles, 1960, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1960, p. 6

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