It’s already Tuesday again and you know what that means! (dun dun dun) It’s time for my notes from church this week!
The experience began with singing “Call upon the Lord” by Elevation Worship, followed by “Won’t Stop Now” (which has not been released by Elevation Worship on YouTube yet) and a baptism. It then continued with “O Come to the Altar” and “How He Loves” by David Crowder, then concluded with “Power” by Elevation Worship (also not yet on YouTube) before going into the message, which was brought by Roanoke campus pastor Dustin Stradley.
My notes read:
Then Jesus returned to Jerusalem to observe one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city near the Sheep Gate there is a pool called in Aramaic, The House of Loving Kindness. And this pool is surrounded by five covered porches. Hundreds of sick people were lying there on the porches—the paralyzed, the blind, and the crippled, all of them waiting for their healing. 4 For an angel of God would periodically descend into the pool to stir the waters, and the first one who stepped into the pool after the waters swirled would instantly be healed.
5 Now there was a man who had been disabled for thirty-eight years lying among the multitude of the sick. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, he knew that the man had been crippled for a long time. So Jesus said to him, “Do you truly long to be healed?”
7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, there’s no way I can get healed, for I have no one who will lower me into the water when the angel comes. As soon as I try to crawl to the edge of the pool, someone else jumps in ahead of me.
- How we cope with our conditions:
- The Comfort of Trying
- Sometimes we get so caught up in pride for trying that we don’t actually accomplish anything.
- The Comfort of Acceptance
- It’s easier to live in the comfort of dysfunction than to embrace the uncertainty of change.
- Bethesda = house of grace; it has five columns and 5 = the number of grace; the man was lying in the presence of grace the entire time
- Grace wasn’t in the pool, it was in the person of Jesus.
- The man couldn’t make it to grace so grace came to him.
- John 5:8-9:
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Stand up! Pick up your sleeping mat and you will walk!” 9 Immediately he stood up—he was healed! So he rolled up his mat and walked again! Now this miracle took place on the Jewish Sabbath.
- The grace of God is here to get you up!
- The end of yourself is the beginning of grace.
Sorry my notes aren’t quite as long today! The whole experience was about 20-25 minutes shorter than “normal” and Dustin shared a lot of personal testimonies that I didn’t take notes on but was encouraged by just the same. He did a wonderful job sharing the word and his personal stories were inspiring and tied everything together well.
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