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Pt III  Jesus Practicing The Gospel Mission


I.  Identify those in need           

a. What is the need?  (5:3)

b. Who is most receptive to the message?  (5:5-6)

c. Why intentionality is important


II.  Invest

a. Jesus begins a conversation  (5:6-7)

b. Why does Jesus ask the question?  (5:6)

c. What hurdles did Jesus have to overcome?


III.  Invite

a. An invitation to walk  (5:8)

b. An element of faith (5:8-9)

c. An invitation to live (5:14-15)


IV.  Increase

a. Impact on local culture (5:9-11)

b. Impact on individual (5:14-15)

c. Impact on personal ministry (5:15)



How are you practicing the Gospel?

  • Intentionally identify needs for Gospel impact

  • Invest in individuals and groups where the Gospel is needed

  • Invite people to take the next step; live the next step for them to see

  • Expect increase in blessings on people and persecution for yourself



John 5:1-15 (NASB)

1 After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.


2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in [a]Hebrew [b]Bethesda, having five porticoes. 3 In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [[c]waiting for the moving of the waters; 4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.] 5 A man was there who had been [d]ill for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He *said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” 7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus *said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” 9 Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk.


Now it was the Sabbath on that day. 10 So the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.” 11 But he answered them, “He who made me well was the one who said to me, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk.’” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk’?” 13 But the man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away while there was a crowd in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus *found him in the temple and said to him, “Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.” 15 The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.



a   John 5:2 I.e. Jewish Aramaic

b  John 5:2 Some early mss read Bethsaida or Bethzatha

c   John 5:3 Early mss do not contain the remainder of v 3, nor v 4

d  John 5:5 Lit in his sickness

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Pt II Gospel Foundations:  Renewing the Design


I. The Gospel Message:  Resurrection for the Dead

Romans 3:23-24

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.


Rom 4:17-22 

As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”[a] He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”[b] 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.

Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”


Rom 5:8

8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


II.  Healing: Rehab for the Broken

a. Renewing Character


Romans 5:1-5

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God.

3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.


b. Instruments of Grace

Romans 6:13

13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.


c. Slaves of God

Romans 6:21-23

What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


III. Community: Rebuilding a People

a. The Law of the Spirit

Rom 8:1-2

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death.


b. Built for God’s Spirit

Rom 8:9-10

9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[a] because of righteousness.


c. Heirs with Christ

Rom 8:14-17

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[a] And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.


IV. Discipleship: Reproducing Reconciliation

a. Boasting in God

Rom 5:10-11

10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.


b. Ministry of Reconciliation 

2 Cor 5:17-19

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.


c. Ambassadors

2 Cor 5:20-21

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.


  • We have life through Jesus’ death and resurrection:  celebrate it!

  • Choose activity, not atrophy

  • The Gospel story is a WE-story, not a ME-story.

  • We are not living God’s design if we are not reproducing reconciliation.


Pt I.  Life Conversations: A Designer Plan


Romans 1:18-20 (NIV)

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.



I.  The Design, Part 1

a. God’s desire to be known

v 1:19  What may be known about God is plain to see


b. His invisible qualities

v 1:20  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen


c. What has been made

v 1:21  God’s invisible qualities . . . are understood from what has been made



II. Undoing the Design

a. Thread 1.  Godless thinking (idolatry)

For although they knew God, then neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him


b. Thread 2.  Unnatural behavior (sexual morality)

God gave them over to the desires of their hearts


c. Thread 3.  Worthless Thinking

Just like they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a worthless mind.



III. The Design, Part 2

a. God’s Kindness

v 2:4 do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?


b. God’s justice

v 2:11  For God does not show favoritism


c. God’s Spirit

v 2:29  A person becomes a Jew inwardly and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by a written code.



IV. Corrupting the design

a. The wrong pair of pants:  Human judgment

v 2:1.  You have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, because you do the same things.


b. The wrong accessories: human pride

v 2:5 because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath.


c. The wrong material:  Spiritual cloth

It is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but those who do it.



V.  Key truths

a. We are obligated to Gentiles and Jews to talk about the Design of God for humanity.

v 1:14  I am obligated both Greek and Gentiles . . . that is why I am eager to preach the Gospel


b. God’s original design promoted relationship between God and man


c. By our own pride, we corrupt the design.


d. But God’s Design cannot be thwarted . . . . .



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