SIGNS, Seven Miracles of Jesus: Part 2 - Bizzaro World

MICRO CHURCH GUIDE
June 12 , 2022
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Tour - Today After the Service!

Stay after the service today for a 15 minute meet ‘n greet that we call “The Tour.” We’ll have some light snacks and refreshments, take a tour around the facility, learn more about why we do many of the things we do, and - most importantly- give you a chance to meet some people and get involved! Just look for the sign that says “The Tour.” And if you have kids, they can remain in Kid City until The Tour is over.

Ladies’ Book Study - Starts Tomorrow!
We’ve got a GREAT way for the ladies of OneLife to get connected throughout the summer. Monday nights starting tomorrow, June 13, each campus is having a women’s book study. You’ll get to meet other ladies, have a little fun together, and grow in your faith as you go through the book study. For all the details and to register click here.

Father’s Day, Donuts for Dads, and More! - June 19

Make sure you save the date for Sunday, June 19 because it’s Father’s Day! We’ll be giving all of our amazing dads a special Krispy Kreme treat with Donuts for Dads. Plus, we’re having a little fun in Kid City with “Dress Like a Dad Day” for all of our kids to come in dressed like good ‘ole dad and tell their favorite dad jokes in their class. This is gonna be such a fun day, so don’t miss it!

OneLife Students Kickball Night - June 22
Wednesday, June 22nd, OneLife Students will meet at the Halls YMCA for a fun night of Kickball! Teams will compete to see who the ultimate winner will be. We will kick (see what we did there) the night off at 7pm and wrap up at 8:15pm. We can’t wait to see you there!

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BOTTOM LINE: The Kingdom is a bizzaro world.

John 5:1-2 NLT

1 Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches.

John 5:3-6 NLT

3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches.5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years.6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”

1. I have been chosen personally to be in the Kingdom.

John 5:6-9 NLT

6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” 7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” 8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” 9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking!

2. The Kingdom operates differently than I assume.

John 5:9-10 NLT

9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, 10 so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!”

3. The Kingdom operates differently than religion.

John 5:11-13 NLT

11 But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’” 12 “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded. 13 The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd.

4. The Kingdom doesn't require knowing all the answers.

John 5:14-15 NLT

14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.” 15 Then the man went and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had healed him.

5. The benefits of the Kingdom are greater than face value.

START TALKING
- When have you experienced everything being opposite of what you were used to or what you expected? Maybe it was in another country, or a new job, a new technology. Was it frustrating? Exciting?
- How long did it take for you to adapt to it, or did you just not adapt because it was too hard to get used to?
 
START THINKING
Read John 5:1-2.
- Why do you think John gives these details?
- How does this build credibility for the story?
- How can we use it to help build our faith?

Read John 5:3-6.
- What do you think the sick man was feeling after 38 years of waiting for a miracle?
- Why do you think he kept going back after all this time?

- Why do you think Jesus asked the man this question, since the answer seems obvious?
- What does this tell you about how Jesus might challenge you and grow your faith?

START SHARING
Read John 5:6-7.
- When have you felt like this man when he said, "I can't" and "Someone else"?
- How have you been like him in that you had faith, but you had put your faith in a box and limited your faith?

Read John 5:9-10.
- Why do you think religious people often struggle with stories of life-change
- Have you ever experienced something like this?
- What were the objections that religious people had? Or, if you're honest, have you ever objected to someone's changed life when it didn't seem to fit your religious expectations?

In this story, the man expected his healing to come a certain way, but the Kingdom doesn't operated how we assume. What have been some assumptions you had about how the Kingdom would operate, but found those assumptions to not be correct?

START DOING
Read John 5:11-13.
This man's response was simple obedience. What is something that "the man who healed you" has told you to do?
- Are you doing it? Why or why not? What will you do about it?

Read John 5:14-15.
Jesus found this man again, and then the man found someone to tell about Jesus.
- Who have you told about Jesus after he changed your life?
- What holds you back from doing that?
- If you knew that you didn't have to have all the answers and could simply say, "This is who I was, then Jesus came in, and now this is who I am," how would that give you boldness to share your story?

START PRAYING

Pray for each other in the micro church to experience the Bizzaro World of the Kingdom by shedding assumptions and religious expectations. Pray that each of us will do something with the changed life Jesus has given us so that it benefits more than just our self.
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CONNECTION CARDS

Be sure to fill out the online Connection Card to let us know next steps, prayer requests, or other information you'd like to share, Click Here.
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MULTIPLICATION

Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:

Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
Who in your life do you think could be discipleable or open to spiritual/missional conversations?
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WHAT'S NEXT?

Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?/giveback/giveback
Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?

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