Hope for the Hopeless


“Hope for the Hopeless”

John 5:1-9



“After this, a Jewish festival took place, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 By the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there is a pool, called Bethesda in Aramaic, which has five colonnades. 3 Within these lay a large number of the disabled—blind, lame, and paralyzed.

5 One man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and realized he had already been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to get well?’

7 ‘Sir,’ the disabled man answered, ‘I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I’m coming, someone goes down ahead of me.’

8 ‘Get up,’ Jesus told him, ‘pick up your mat and walk.’ 9 Instantly the man got well, picked up his mat, and started to walk” (John 5:1-9, CSB).


Jesus singled this man out of the needy crowd at Bethesda.


What do you see when you look into the crowds of people in our world?



1. People are desperate in need.


·We should see the helpless condition of people.


This man “had been disabled for thirty-eight years” (v. 5).


He cried, “Sir, …I have no one…” (v. 7).


· We should see the hopeless condition of people.

“While I’m coming, someone goes down ahead of me” (v. 7).

Jesus is our only help and hope.



2. People are destroyed by sin.


“Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, ‘Do not sin anymore, so that something worse doesn’t happen to you” (John 5:14, CSB).



3. People can be delivered by the Savior.

Jesus “said to him, ‘Do you want to get well?’” (v. 6)

· Christ calls us to change our focus.

In our despair we look inward. Christ calls us to look upward.

Christ incites faith in us.

“Get up… and walk” (v. 8).
Hope was born out of hearing the words of Jesus.
Christ transforms our lives.


“Instantly the man got well, picked up his mat, and started to walk” (v. 9).


11-29-20 Weekly Bulletin

New Hope Baptist Church exists to make disciples who:
Know God– through weekly worship and teaching
Find Community– in weekly LifeGroup gatherings
Make Disciples– in yearly Discipleship Groups (D-Groups)
Change the World– through missions, evangelism, and volunteering.

Sunday Afternoon Prayer

The Pastor Search Team would like to invite you to join them to pray for our church and the call of our new pastor. We know this is the most important part of the process and we can’t do it without you. We have changed our prayer time from Wednesday nights to Sunday after worship in order to better accommodate our members’ schedules. Let’s join together to pray as the body of Christ on Sundays after worship.

 New Hope Kids

New Wednesday Night Curriculum-The Gospel Project starting Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30pm
There will be no classes on Wednesday, November 25 due to the holiday.
Mark your calendar for our Children’s Ministry Christmas Party on Sunday, December 13 at 3:00pm

Women’s Bible Study

Wednesday night Bible study- “28 Day Prayer Journey- A Daily Guide to Conversations with God” by Chrystal Evans Hurst. If you have any questions, contact the church office at (615) 883-6709.


Sunday morning Life Groups at 9am
Altitude meets on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm
Youth Lock-in – December 4th and 5th.
All students grades 7th-12th are invited to our New Hope Student Lock-in on Friday December 4th at 7:00pm. All parents will need to pick up their student by 7:00am on Saturday, December 5th.

 Pastor Search Team

Please be in prayer for our Pastor Search Team members: Terry Dawson, Jim Ezell, Kasey Greene, Patricia Murphy, Beth Pulley, Pat Scales, and Jason Thomas.