What was your immediate response upon hearing this question? Why do you think you responded that way?
- How did God speak to you personally through this week’s sermon?
- - Anything you didn’t understand or for which you would have liked further clarification?
- - Any thoughts or insights you found valuable?
- - Any helpful information or reminders?
The invalid doesn’t answer Jesus’ question. What does his reply in John 5:7 tell you about him and his focus?
Does this man’s healing depend on his faith (John 5:6-8, 12-13)? How can you tell, and why is this important?
Put yourself in the invalid’s position. What reasons might he have had for remaining by the pool for all those years? What does his situation reveal about his character and personality?
How would you have felt if you were the invalid and were asked whether you wanted to get well?
Why would a sick person not want to become whole? What are some advantages of having a physical illness or a spiritual or emotional wound? Can you think of any areas of your own life where you might be like this invalid?
How have you experienced people using labels or experiences as an excuse to prevent them from growing or moving into the future? Have you ever caught yourself doing this? What do you think is the “cure”?
What might be the “something worse” (John 5:14) that will happen to the healed man if he doesn’t stop sinning? Jesus doesn’t normally say this to people He heals. Why do you suppose He warns this man?
The Jewish leaders utterly ignore the fact that a man has been miraculously healed (John 5:10-12, 16). Why? What does this say about them? How are these Jewish leaders like this man at the well? How are we like them today?