The structure in the church enables discipline to restore, protect and forgive.
Jesus takes a miracle that he has done and uses it to teach about who he is and why he has come. This passage also describes how people grumbled amongst themselves and towards Jesus as well.
How do we understand the Sacraments? They are a visible sign of an inward grace. There are 2 sacraments: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Jesus has just healed a man on the Sabbath against the Jew’s interpretation of God’s laws and they are angry with him. Jesus speaks to them and tells them he works on the Sabbath doing the same works as his Father and they hate him even more.
John writes so that we would believe that Jesus is the Christ. In this account he tells us about the healing at a pool called Bethesda.
Today we look at one of the ‘marks of the church’: preaching. Preaching is ‘proclaiming Jesus so that we might know His riches, through belief in Him, by grace.’ We look at this topic under four headings: Proclaim, Perfect, Protect, Perseverance’.
In this passage, a royal official begs Jesus to heal his son. Jesus tells him that his son will live. John tells us that this was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed.
We sometimes like to hid our life stories from other people because we are ashamed. The Samaritan woman in this passage shares her story with Jesus, although she discovers he knows everything already.
We can waste our energy on useless things. Sometimes we put ourselves at the centre and not God as we should.
God has made his Son, Jesus Christ, the head of the church. Prophecies describe him as being the Cornerstone of the church.