BT-Keep It Simple

Q: Out of all the different disabilities you could have – Which would be the worst? Why?

Q: Why do you think God allows disabilities to happen to people?

John 9:1-3

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

Q: Why did the disciples think God allowed the man to be born blind?

It’s funny to think about – How could the man sin before he was born?

You can tell the disciples were confused!

Q: So why does God allow people to be less fortunate? (So the work of God can be displayed in them)

Q: Is the work of God displayed in everyone who has a disability? (No, have to allow Him to work!)

John 5:1-15

The Healing at the Pool

Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda[a] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. [4] [b] One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”

12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”

13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.

Jesus makes three “SIMPLE” statements!

Each statement should give us some insight in how to get Jesus to work in our lives!

[v. 6]

1st Statement – “Do you want to get well?”

Q: Why do you think Jesus asked the invalid that question?

Q: What kinds of things stop people from wanted to “get well”?

Q: How did the man respond to this question?

Q: What are some “spiritual disabilities” that people can have?

[v. 8-9a]

2nd Statement – “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk”

Q: How do you think most people would react today to Jesus’ statement here?

Q: How did he respond?

Q: What do you think convinced this man to try and stand – He had to have tried before!?

Q: How do you think this man’s life would change after being healed?

[v. 9b-15]

3rd Statement – “Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”

Q: What do you think Jesus meant by this statement?

Q: Why do you think the man didn’t know Jesus’ name?

Q: Do you think he was worried about how he was doing spiritually? Or just physically?

Q: What sins do you think this man might have been entangled in?

Q: What do you think he could do to get spiritual healing?

Challenge:

The Bible is SIMPLE! If you want to be “well,” don’t overcomplicate it. Just do it! Study the Bible to learn how to get spiritual healing!

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