The Hillcrest Church Podcast

Change Me - “Dangerous Prayers Series”

November 20, 2019

Change Me - Outline
Dangerous Prayers
November 17, 2019

There are many times in the Scriptures where God changed or has promised to help a person change.

As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God __________________Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day. (1 Samuel 10:9, NIV)

And I will give you a new_____________________, and I will put a new ____________________________ in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. (Ezekiel 36:26, NLT)

At that time the Spirit of the LORD will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them. You will be _______________ into a different person. (1 Samuel 10:6, NLT)

Jesus Christ can change your life in the best of possible ways.

The story of the Lame Man

Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. (John 5:1–2, NLT)

Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. (John 5:3, NLT)

One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years.

When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” (John 5:5-6, NLT)

Jesus knew that this would not be an _____________________ ___________________________ for him.

With every change there is something we are ______________ _________ and new __________________________ahead of us.

“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.” (John 5:7, NLT)

This man is living with _____________________________.

Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! (John 5:8–9, NLT)

The change that you want is found _____________in Jesus Christ.

Here are three ways you can start to see change in your life with the help of Jesus.

1. Get up. Jesus says to this man, “_______________________!”

Whenever Jesus healed someone, often he would have them do an action: a _____________________________________________.

2. Decide that there is no going back. Jesus said, “_______________

Anyone here need to ________________________________?

3. Take it step by step. Jesus said, “_________________________.”

a. Be aware of what you are doing wrong.
b. Stop _____________________________ others.
c. Put some ____________________________ in place.
d. Find other people to hold you accountable.
e. Be near to and rely on the ___________________________of

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT)

What is the old that is gone?

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.

Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19–21, NLT)

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.” (John 5:14, NLT)

a pastoral warning:
Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the LORD that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously. (Isaiah 55:7, NLT)

a pastoral encouragement:
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT)


Digging Deeper
A deeper study for individuals and small groups

Do you find it easy to make changes in your life, or is it hard for you?
What kind of changes are difficult?

Read John 5:1-3. Would a good Jew be found at this pool with the sick? Why or why not? What does the fact that Jesus was at the pool talking with a sick person tell you about the priorities of Jesus?

Read John 5:4-6. What did Jesus ask the man? Was this a silly question? What was Jesus’ purpose in asking this specific question?

Read John 5:7. How did the man answer Jesus’ question? Do you think the man really wanted to be healed?

If the man did want to be healed, how would his healing affect his life? What kind of changes would he have to make as a result of being healed?

Do you know people who do not want to be healed or make difficult changes in their life? What would you tell them about the benefit of being healed and making changes?

Read John 5:8. What three commands does Jesus give this man as he heals him? Did the invalid man have a choice in the healing? When Jesus sees the man in the Temple, what does he say to the man? (Verse 14)

When the healing takes place, does the man respond with belief in Jesus, or thank Jesus, or praise to God? How does the man respond when he learns that Jesus is the one who had healed him? (Verse 15)

What do you think is the overall message of this passage when you take it as a whole? What is this passage saying to you today?


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