Lifegroup map 4/5/09 “House of Mercy” John 5:1-18
Please choose any One of the following Ice breakers:
(Everyone doesn’t have to answer the same one… pick the one you like!)
· Explain how you’d come up with better Icebreakers than Craig’s…
· Which is the most important ministry a Church can provide?
· Did anyone pull-off a good “April fool’s” joke on you this past week?
Life exploration time: Read out-loud John 5:1-18
Summary of JN 5:1-18
Jesus is traveling to
~ What would it feel like to YOU to be completely helpless for 38 years, and, how would that affect a person?
~ Why do you suppose Jesus asked him if he wanted to be healed?
~ Explain why Jesus instructs this particular man in JN 5:14 not to sin?
~ From 5:7 & 5:13 the man (#1.) wasn’t expecting Jesus to heal him, and (#2.) he didn’t know who Jesus was. Jesus still takes a risk and heals him on (#3.) the Sabbath day. Why do you think Jesus heals this man despite these three particular circumstances?
~ How can we as followers of God avoid such attitudes and the type of mistakes the Jews in this story made? (Mistakes such as prioritizing rules over people, misunderstanding God, and being contrarian towards God.) After all—these Jews were well-intentioned & thought they were honoring God!
Am I really introducing people to God… more than I’m potentially interfering with their connecting with God?