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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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In John 5, Jesus sees a man lying among a crowd of sufferers. Every pain and ache of every body and heart around that pool painted a clear picture of the results of sin’s curse on mankind, but Jesus picked this one man whom He knew had been suffering for so long.
This weekend, Plantation campus Pastor Chris Baselice explored two of Jesus’ miracles found in John 4:43–5:15, including the man by the pool. In this teaching, we clearly saw why faith in Jesus, our Savior and Lord, is the only proper response to an encounter with Him.
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FOR THE NOTE TAKERS
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Chris’ teaching this weekend:
Jesus Is Savior (John 4:43–54): Jesus has a greater purpose for your needs. Certainly Jesus did—and does—signs and wonders so that people would believe. He heals, He provides, He breaks chains of addiction, He does the improbable and the impossible. What we need to understand is that when God moves and does miracles, He does it to point to His Son as Savior . . . because God in the flesh has come to save and rescue our souls.
Jesus is Lord (John 5:1–15): Jesus is more than our Savior, He is also Lord! In John 5, He encounters a man who had been crippled for 38 years. While most looked on and condemned, Jesus had compassion. So the Lord asks the man if he wants to be made well. There was no doubt that this man wanted to be well, to be cured and made whole again. But Jesus asks anyway in order for the man to acknowledge his hopeless, helpless state and draw out his belief and hope in the One who asked. It wasn’t a question of willingness . . . it was one of faith in Jesus’ Lordship.
Quote to Remember: God’s love for you is not based on what you do or fail to do. God’s love for you is based on the finished work of Jesus on the cross.—Pastor Chris Baselice
This weekend, we will embark on a church-wide, 21-day fast. Throughout the Bible, we see fasting as a way to attune our hearts to God’s. And that’s exactly what we want to do, together as a church family. So, we invite you to take this journey with us. It’s not for the faint of heart, but for those willing to be deeply challenged to be more like Jesus for the sake of the lost.
Think about one person you want to see come to know Jesus this Easter, the person you will invite to Easter service this year. Pray and fast over them, over the work of the Spirit in their heart and life, and over their salvation. Participate with God in the harvest, and celebrate the harvest at Easter.
Pick up your fasting journal this weekend at service or download it here!
DIG DEEPER ON KING DAVID AND KING JESUS
Looking for more in-depth study and great resources to help you gain a deeper understanding of the lives of David and Jesus? Check out our special webpage, complete with articles, a timeline from David to Jesus, supplemental material to highlight each week’s topic, and downloadable series images for your mobile device or tablet. To view the site, click here!
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A LOOK AHEAD
This Wednesday, Pastor Doug will continue our study through King David’s life. He’ll teach from 1 Samuel 22–23, a passage where David is on the run from Saul. Come find out what drew so many mighty men to David and learn how we can apply these same principles to our daily walk.
This weekend, as we continue our journey through the Gospel of John, Pastor Doug will give us an in-depth look at the escalating conflict between Jesus and the Pharisees in John 5:16–47. Explore the fourfold witness of Jesus—John the Baptist, Jesus’ works, the Father, and the Scriptures—and what they tell us today!
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.