Happy Friday, brothers and sisters! Today we continue the story begun yesterday of the blind man Jesus healed. The Pharisees continue to push the man for answers, some for clarity of understanding, and some for more reason to accuse Jesus. Observe how this baby Christian stands firm in his faith, and how Jesus clarifies His purpose in the world. Let God’s word encourage you through the example of the healed blind man to be ready to share the reason for your faith.
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
[ John 9:24:41 ]
24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
_ Who were the Pharisees calling a sinner in verse 24?
_ How did the formerly blind man respond to this accusation of his healer? (v25)
_ What did the Pharisees ask the man in verse 26? Including yesterday's passage, this was the third time the man was asked this question. Why do you think they asked this? (see v24)
27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28 And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
_ Of whom did the Pharisees say they were disciples, and why? (v28-29)
_ What was the formerly blind man's logical counter to the Pharisees accusation of Jesus being a sinner? (v31-33)
34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out. 35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.”
_ What was the Pharisees' response to being logically countered? (v34)
_ Whom did Jesus say was the Son of Man? (v37)
38 He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” 40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.
_ Why did Jesus come into the world? (v39)
_ Why did Jesus say the Pharisees remained guilty? (v41)
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_ What work has Jesus done in your life? How can you follow the formerly blind man's example when he responded to the work Jesus did in his life (v38)?
_ Look with new eyes at your own life. Is there any guilt that remains in your life that you have not yet confessed? Confess, so that you can be forgiven and be made whole!
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)
_ The man who was healed used his personal experience to witness to others. What is your experience of how Jesus worked in your life, and whom can you tell?