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Lesson 6: Living In The Sabbath Rest

Study Guide / Outline


  • Context: Baby dedication night, referencing Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 18 about coming to Him as a little child.
  • Main Point: Understanding what it means to come to Jesus as a little child through the story in John chapter 5, verses 1-9.

John 5:1-9

  • Scripture Reference: John chapter 5, verses 1-9.
  • Key Elements:
    • Setting: Jerusalem during a feast, at the pool of Bethesda with five porches.
    • Characters: A multitude of sick, blind, lame, paralyzed people, and Jesus.
    • Central Event: Jesus healing a man who had been infirm for 38 years.
  • Main Points:
    • The Man’s Long-Term Condition: The man had been infirm for 38 years, representing prolonged suffering and hopelessness.
    • Jesus’ Question and Command: Jesus asks if the man wants to be healed and then commands him to rise, take up his bed, and walk.
    • Symbolism of Five Porches: Represents the five-fold ministry and the reliance on others for spiritual nourishment.
    • Personal Responsibility for Faith: Emphasizes the need for individual faith and action rather than reliance on others.

Application and Interpretation

  • Key Themes:
    • Personal Faith and Action: The importance of personal faith in Jesus rather than depending solely on religious leaders or systems.
    • Breaking Free from Patterns: Encouragement to break free from old patterns and beliefs that hinder spiritual growth and healing.
    • Rest in Jesus: The concept of resting in Jesus and trusting in His provision and timing.
    • Obedience to God’s Directions: The importance of obedience to God’s instructions for breakthroughs and miracles.


  • Encouragement: To trust in Jesus’ provision and to find rest in Him.
  • Challenge: To evaluate one’s own faith and actions in light of the sermon’s teachings.
  • Reflection on Personal Faith Journey: Encouraging reflection on how one’s personal faith journey aligns with the teachings of Jesus about coming to Him like a little child.