We just started a new series. I am very excited about this new series. This new series will help you to understand who we are as a church family. At the end of this series we are going to give you the opportunity to join our family. Perhaps you have been coming for awhile and you want to be all in. Maybe you have been praying about joining our family and you are still on the fence. We want you to be in prayer about this before you just jump in. We want you to make sure that you know that this is where God wants you.
Our new series is called: We Are FaithPoint!
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon is John 5:1-15. The title of this sermon is: Do you want to be healed?
This is week 1 in our new series: We Are FaithPoint.
What do you think of when you hear the word church?
In Southern culture, churches are buildings. Some are small, some are gigantic. Some have bell towers, some have crosses, and some have steeples. Steeples for example, did not start showing up on buildings until the 1700s. These architectural designs became traditional in the same way as pipe organs, and stained glass windows.
Nowhere in the Bible does God ever say that His church is a building. When Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter says, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus tells Peter that upon that statement He will build His church.
Jesus is not into building buildings. Jesus is into building people.
That is why saying that you are going to church is bad theology. When you say, that you are going to church, you are saying that the church is a building and you are not the church.
It is also bad theology to say that this is my church. This is Jesus’ church. I am just called to lead you as He leads me. I work hard to serve you well through preaching. If you have grown, or Jesus has in anyway changed your heart, mind, or helped you progress in sanctification, you should give thanks to Jesus.
The church is a family. Every Sunday the family gathers together to celebrate and worship Jesus. What then becomes of the building.
Think of the building as a house. More specifically, a living room.
The living room is my family’s favorite room in the house.
- We eat meals in the living room (maybe more often than we should)
- We watch TV and movies
- We have parties
- We read books
- We pray
- We have blanket time (we read the Bible or watch VeggieTales and discuss what we learned with our boys
- It is one of many places where discipleship happens – you have to be a disciple to make disciples
- It is an inviting place for friends and family
- It is a place to laugh with those who are laughing and cry with those who are crying
- It is a place where you can enjoy coffee and good conversations
- It is also a secure place to have deep and hard conversations
The living room is also a place where lives are enriched, relationships are restored, sorrow can turn to joy, healing can happen in the living room.
vs 1-5 The first thing that jumps out at you is that there are multitudes of invalid people here at this pool. Thousands upon thousands of people. In particular there is a man who has been there for 38 years.
vs 6-7 Jesus asked the man, “Do you want to be healed?”
Does that seem a little odd? Why would Jesus ask this?
The man has mat so that he can be comfortable and he doesn’t have to sleep on the ground. He is not able to buy or grow his own food. He has to have people that bring him food and drink.
It is not a stretch to believe that the man might have become comfortable with his handicap.
We do the same thing.
Have you ever struggled with a sin for so long that you just got comfortable with it?
- How long have you struggled with porn?
- How long have you struggled with an addiction that you just gave up?
Have you ever believed a lie for so long that it to you it became the truth?
- How long are you going to believe that you are not good enough?
- How long are you going to believe that evangelism and discipleship is the job for someone else?
- How long are you going to believe that you are not a gift to this church family when the Bible says that you are?
Have you ever believed the thoughts that betray what you say you believe?
- Do you really believe that the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you?
- Do you really believe that Scripture is your highest authority?
- Do you really believe that you are gifted and sent to the city you live in to be a missionary to your city?
- Do you really believe that your stuff is not yours but it belongs to God and you are to steward those things in a way that glorifies God and blesses others?
Jesus healed the man.
Jesus can heal you.
Jesus can heal you of sin, help you believe truth instead of lies, help your thoughts to line up with what you say you believe?
Jesus wants to heal you.
Do you want to be healed?
I hope that you are looking forward to this series and what God is going to do through it.
I love my church!
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