Dr. E. Dale Locke and Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: Easy Street
Week 1: Address Unknown
- Try to memorize the theme verse: John 10:10b “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
- Some have taken John 10:10 to mean that followers of Jesus will have a life of ease, including health, wealth, and prosperity. How do you think people came up with this idea?
- What might happen to a Christ-follower who believes this?
- But Jesus himself said in John 16:33, “’…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’” What do you think he meant by, “‘I have overcome the world’”?
- In John 10:10, the Greek word for ‘full’ means “complete or abundant.” When you think of having a full life, what comes to mind?
- How does your answer in question 5 compare to what Jesus teaches?
- We often get stuck in our past. Read the story of the man at the pool of Bethesda in John 5:1 –15: “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 and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. // Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. // 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, // 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.’// But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ // So they asked him, ‘Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?’ // The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. // 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.’// The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.”
- The man had been there for 38 years, but had not been healed. Are there events or circumstances from your past that have hindered you from experiencing God’s mercy and grace in its fullness? If so, share an example.
- In this passage, three important questions emerge. The first question is, “’Do you want to get well?’” This question seems obvious and even offensive. Why do you think Jesus asks this question?
- In John 5:7, the man says he has not been able to get well because of other people and various circumstances. Why do you think people often tend to blame others or make excuses for staying stuck where they are?
- Are you willing to do the work? The healing in this story took place in the process of the man’s obedience to what Jesus told him to do. Imagine how difficult it must have been for this man to do what Jesus said. What are some common roadblocks to obedience in our lives today?
- Are you ready for the resistance? When change takes place in our lives, some people in our relationship circle may be uncomfortable with or bothered by the change, even when it’s a good change. Why do you think that is?
- How can we prepare ourselves for resistance or struggles as we seek to walk in the fullness God has for us?
- Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Why is this verse important to remember as seek to overcome our past?