House of Mercy

Teaching Notes

House of Mercy
Ryan Ingram
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What kind of house are we going to be?

What kind of house does Jesus want us to be?

Learned Helplessness

I’ve tried and nothing works.
There’s nothing I can do to change __________. Why try?
I’ll never break free from __________.
Nothing I do matters.

Is there something in your life that you believe will never change?

Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 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. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty eight years. 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?”

“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.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

John 5:1-8


There is no _______________ _______________ pool.


Only Jesus can bring _______________ & ____________________.


Jesus sets the _______________ for us to _______________.


  • Jesus _______________ where others _______________.

    Willful Blindness:
    the decision to feign ignorance when you actually know or
    have knowledge
  • Jesus _______________ rather than _______________.“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”

- Simone Weil

“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.”

- David Augsburger

  • Jesus led with _______________ then followed with _______________.


2 Great Dangers of the Church:

  1. Syncretism: changing the message of the Gospel to fit the culture.
  2. Pharisee-ism: legalism, wanting a “pure” church and so cast judgement,
    look down on those who don’t measure up.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13:34-35

What kind of house are we going to be?
What kind of house does Jesus want us to be?

"Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul."

- Mother Teresa of Calcutta