This week we will be studying John 5:1-15 in Meeting for Worship on Sunday. We studied this particular passage of Scripture last spring, but I think it is worth repeating as we work our way through the book of John, and as we strive to live for Jesus every moment of every day.
As you read John 5:1-15 imagine that you are the invalid that has been waiting by the pool for close to forty years hoping to be made well. Think about what it must have been like to be waiting there all of those years. Think about what it must have been like to be healed by Jesus. Think about what it must have been like as an adult to walk for what presumably was the first time. Think about what it must have been like for Jesus to tell the man to “stop sinning.”
On Sunday we are going to take a look at sin and temptation, as we consider this passage of Scripture and at how Christ compels us to live our lives as His followers. Some questions for you to think about before you come are: In what areas of life am I the most tempted? In what areas of temptation am I the most weak or prone to sin? Do I have an understanding of forgiveness and what Christ did for me by dying on the cross?