To God Be The Glory – John 9:1-12

Posted by Calvary Baptist Church on Sep 17, 2012 in Sermons |

Sermon on Sunday September 16, 2012 by Pastor Thomas Tate

 

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Sermon Outline 

To God Be The Glory

John 9:1-12

  • As He  passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him,  “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?”  Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
  • “We must  work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. “While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and cameback seeing. Therefore the neighbors, and those who previously saw him as a beggar, were saying, “Is not this the one who used to sit and beg?” Others were saying, “This is he,” still others were saying, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the one.”
  • So they were saying to him, “How then were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me,  ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went away and washed, and I received sight.”  They said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.”
    John 9:1-12
  • As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
    John 9:1-3

You will waste your situation if you don’t see its potential to display God’s glory

  • Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the      name of the Lord.” Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.

                    Job 1:20-22

  • Then his  wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and      die!” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

                     Job 2:9-10

  • Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that  the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

                    2 Corinthians 12:7-10

You will waste your situation if you look at it as a curse instead of a gift

  • So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
  • Consider  it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that  the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

                    James 1:2-4

We will waste our situation if we take comfort from the world and not God

  • For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will  deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us, you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.

                     2 Corinthians 1:8-11

You will waste your situation if you let it drive you into solitude instead of deepening your relationships

  • and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent).

                     John 9:7a

  • But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need; because he was longing for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. For indeed he was sick to the point of death,  but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow.

                      Philippians 2:25-27

You will waste your situation if you fail to use it as an opportunity to witness

  • and came back seeing. Therefore the neighbors, and those who previously saw him as a beggar, were saying, “Is not this the one who used to sit and beg?” Others were saying, “This is he,” still others were saying, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the one.”
  • So they were saying to him, “How then were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man  who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went away and washed, and I received sight.”  They said to him, “Where is He?”

                    John 7b-12a

  •  “But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake. “It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.

                    Luke 21:12-13

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

1. Share some kind of ailment or handicap (some handicaps are not visually recognizable, like being dyslectic) that you were born with or have developed over the years?  What challenges do you deal with because of this?

2. Read John 9:1-2,20-21.  How long do you think this person had been blind?  They didn’t have handicap laws and dogs for the blind back then, how hard do you think life was for him, give examples?

3. Read John 9:2. Why do you think the disciples asked this question? How does it relate to Job’s “friends”? How could someone’s birth defect be the result of a parent’s sin today (it can)? How do we judge others based on external things today, like how they look or the perceived failures in their life?

4. What was Jesus’ reply in John 9:3? How was God’s glory going to be displayed?  How long did this man have to wait to see God’s glory in his adversity? Notice it never says that the man asked for help but Jesus healed him.  Why do you think this is?

5. How long have you been living with a very difficult problem or a loss? Have you ever gotten frustrated with God about it?  Read Job 1:20-22, 2:9-10.  What was Job’s response to his adversity? How does yours match up to Job’s (lost all his children, finances and health and left with an unsupportive wife)? How can we waste our situation if we don’t see it’s potential to display God’s glory?

6. Read John 11:3-5; James 1:2-4. How can we waste our situation if we look at is as a curse instead of a gift to glorify God with?

7. Read 2 Corinthians 1:8-11. How will we waste our situation if we take our comfort from the world (showing all our faith in doctors & hospitals for example) and not in God?

8. Why do we tend to isolate ourselves when dealing with difficulties? Who was Epaphroditus concerned about during his deadly sickness in Philippians 2:25-27.

9. How will we waste our situation if we fail to use it as an opportunity to witness? Read John 7b-12a; Luke 21:12-13.

10. How can you glorify God with your problems? Brain storm some ways as a group to help each other with some ideas.

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