- Pastor Appreciation Potluch - Sunday, October 25th
- Family Trip to the Zoo - Saturday, November 14th
- All Church Lunch at Incredible Pizza - Sunday, November 15th
- Women's Bunco Night - Saturday, October 24th
- District Women's Retreat - October 30-November 1
- New Teaching Series entitled "Righteous Anger" - Sunday, November 1
- Youth Paintball Event: Saturday, November 28th
- Marriage Retreat, February 12-13
Read John 5:1-9
Why do you think Jesus asked the question, "Do you want to get well?"
FACILITATOR NOTES TO SHARE: This story is referring to a legend at the time that said when the waters were stirred, it was from an angel and the first one into the water would be healed.
Do you think this man has valid reasons that he had not yet been healed? (Yes)
After thirty-eight years of not making it into the water, how hard do you think this man tried to be the first one into the water when it was stirred? (Probably, he did not try that hard. It is possible that he had given up hope.)
Supposing it is true that this man had given up on being healed and did not really try to get into the water, why do you think he stayed in this place? (By staying there, it gave the appearance that he wanted to be healed, though in reality, he had probably settled thinking nothing would ever change. It is for this reason perhaps that Jesus asked him if he wanted to get well.)
The Covenant we have with the Lord is that He blesses us for the purpose of us blessing others. When we stop being a blessing, we stop up the blessings we would have received. What are some of the things that cause us to stop being a blessing to others?
Our desire for blessings must be greater than our desire to argue, fight, complain, whine, get even, or prove someone wrong. This is the cost to blessing. Based on some of the things said in the group that cause us to stop being a blessing, what is the cost of blessings? What must we do to get past these things so that we can continue to be a blessing to others maybe when they don't deserve it?