Today's Church in the Park service was incredible. If you missed it, you need to make sure you join us for our next one later this summer.

Because Church in the Park is completely unplugged, we were unable to record the message. But here's the scripture, main points, and some followup questions if you missed it:

1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” 7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” 8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. John 5:1-9a


  1. The More Discouraged You Become
  2. The More Excuses You Make
  3. The More You Learn to Compensate

Key Questions:

  1. What’s one ongoing problem you need to solve? How has this problem affected you?
  2. What are you doing to tolerate your problem instead of dealing with it? What excuses do you tend to use most to avoid dealing with your problems?
  3. Jesus wants to heal you. What step of faith will you take this week to allow him to begin?