Do You Want To Get Well?


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

John 5:2-9 - “Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred the water: whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, He said to him, ‘Do you want to be healed?’ The sick man answered Him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Get up, take up your bed, and walk.’ And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.”

Question: Do you want to get well?

If you want to get well, two things must change.

  • Your level of WANT

Want: “The sanctified desire and matching discipline to do what needs to be done, no matter how hard it is or how long it takes.” (Mark Batterson)

“You can’t expect God to do the supernatural if aren’t even willing to do the natural.” (Mark Batterson)

  • Your assumptions about God

God won’t answer 100% of the prayers you don’t pray.

Luke 1:37 - “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Matthew 19:26 - “But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”

Ephesians 3:20 - “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

“Most miracles are the by-product of ‘a long obedience in the same direction.’” (Eugene Peterson)

Where do we need to get well?

  • Spiritual health
  • Physical health

I Corinthians 3:16 - “Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?”

  • Emotional health
  • Financial health
    • Wealth = "Having enough money to do what God's called you to do, when He's called you to do it." (Dave Ramsey)

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Beware of opposition:

  • Moment of unbelief

Mark 9:24 - “The father instantly cried out, ‘I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!’”

  • Setbacks

John 10:10 - “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Healing begins and continues with the Gospel.

  • Honesty
  • Repentance
  • Faith
  • Obedience

God Is Able!

James 5:13-15 - “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”

Notes:

Q1: Was there ever a time in your life when you made a concerted effort to get healthy in some area of your life (financial, spiritual, emotional, physical)? What were the reasons that prompted you to take action? (Share with the group)

Read John 5:1-9

Note: In some translations (like the ESV and NIV) verse 4 is omitted. The reason for this is that many of the earliest manuscripts do not include this verse. 

Q2: This scripture describes a man who was unable to walk for 38 years. He was sitting by the pool known to heal people who would get into it at a given time. For all these years he was unable to get help because he was not able to get into the pool by himself. Why do you think it is valuable to have friends (like those in your group) to help us address the difficult issues in our lives?

Q3: Mark Batterson defined “Want” as “the sanctified desire and matching discipline to do what needs to be done, no matter how hard it is or how long it takes.” • How would you define what it means to really want something? • What role does “sanctified desire” play in the things we really want? • What do you think are the “couple steps” that keep us away from the healthiness we desire?

Read Luke 1:37, Matthew 19:26, Ephesians 3:20

Q4: What do you think these verses (specifically) have to say about the assumptions we can make about God’s ability to lead us to healthiness?

Q5: What area or areas do you feel you need to get more healthy than you are at this time? (Spiritual, emotional, physical, financial)

Q6: Discuss as a group how you can support one another to get well in these areas.

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