Building Blocks – Part 2: New Life

Building Blocks – Part 2: New Life

New Life
Building Blocks – Part 2
Dr. Jeffrey Allen Love

January 8-9, 2022

John 5:1–15 

“‘Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.’” John 5:14b (p.813)

  • In Christ, I Am A New Creation.

“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 (p.884)

  1. Evaluate Jesus for who He says He is.

“When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, ‘Would you like to get well?’” John 5:6 (p.813)

“So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!” 2 Corinthians 5:16 (p.884)

  1. Embrace Jesus’ gift.

“But he replied, ‘The man who healed me told me, “Pick up your mat and walk.’”
John 5:11 (p.813)

“But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.” Titus 3:4–5 (p.918)

  1. Elevate my thinking.

“But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, ‘Now you are well; so stop sinning…’” John 5:14 (p.813)

“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.”
Romans 8:5 (p.862)

“Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” Ephesians 4:23 (p.897)

Series Memory Verse: Romans 12:2 (p.866) “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

My Next Step This Week: ______ This week I will begin each day with this prayer: “Because I belong to You Jesus, I have become a new person. My old life is gone, and my new life has begun. Show me where I need to get up and walk”


Discussion/Groups Guide
Weekend Talk of January 8-9, 2022
Building Blocks: Part 2
“New Life”

Life Groups use this guide in their discussion from the Weekend Talk. This is also a discussion guide you can use with your family and friends.

Conversation Starters

  • Why do advertisers like to use the term “new and improved?”
  • Do you keep your software up to date? Do you load the new version? Why?
  • Has your view of Jesus changed since you were a child? How so?

Quick Review

Looking back at your Weekend Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out to you, challenged you, or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and Bible verses from the Talk Notes.

Our One Thing to remember this week is: In Christ I Am A New Creation.

Series Memory Verse: Romans 12:2 (p.866)

Background: John 5:1-15 (p.813)

See also: 2 Corinthians 5:17 (p.884)

  • What does it mean to be a “new person” in Christ? (Some translations say “new creation.”)

This week our discussion focuses on three important decisions we need to make:

  1. Evaluate Jesus for who He says He is. John 5:6 (p.813); 2 Corinthians 5:16 (p.884)
    • Who is Jesus saying He is in this verse? Is He only asking the man about physical healing?
    • Why is it important to not stop at the point of merely “becoming” a new person?
    • In what ways do people tend to think of Jesus?
  2.  Embrace Jesus’ gift. John 5:11 (p.813); Titus 3:4-5 (p.918)
    • How have you embraced Jesus’ gift?
    • The man in John 5 did as Jesus told him. What has Jesus told you to do?
    • How are your priorities of life different as a Follower of Jesus, compared to before?
    • What can we learn from the Titus passage? How often do we tend to still live as if our salvation depends on us and not on Jesus?
    • What hinders you from obedience?
  3. Elevate my thinking. John 5:14 (p.813); Romans 8:5 (p.862); Ephesians 4:23 (p.897)
    • The healed man was now living his new life—he was no longer confined to his mat. Do we tend to return to our old way of thinking rather than elevate our thoughts on our new life in Jesus? How so? Are you still clinging to the sins of your pre-Christian life?
    • What does it mean, in practical terms, to let the Spirit renew our thoughts and attitudes?
    • What thoughts or attitudes do you need to turn over to the Holy Spirit?
    • How has your thinking changed throughout your faith journey?

Digging Deeper

We studied 2 Corinthians 5:17 in our discussion this week. Take a look at several other passages below that also speak to our New Life (or Salvation) in Jesus. As you do, make note of the similarities and differences in them. Finally, pick one or two of them and recite them back to God as a prayer, placing yourself in the passage to make it a “first-person” prayer to God. For example, you could begin a prayer using John 3:16 like this: “Dear God, thank you for loving ME along with the whole world, and for giving your Son for ME…”

  • John 3:16-17 (p.811)
  • Romans 5:6-11 (p.860)
  • Galatians 2:15-17 (p.891)
  • Ephesians 2:8-22 (p.896)
  • Colossians 1:19-20 (p.902)
  • 2 Corinthians 5:16-20 (p.884)

My Next Step This Week: __ I will begin each day with this prayer: “Because I belong to You Jesus, I have become a new person. My old life is gone and my new life has begun. Show me where I need to get up and walk”