Wk 9, “Telling My Story”
November 20, 2022
We All Have Two Things in Common
We’re all sinners.
We all believe in Jesus or are here because you’re curious to know more.
Read John 9:1-12
Jesus used a mixture of mud and spit to heal the man’s blindness. There is no reason stated in the Bible as to why He did this. Some speculate that Jesus, using the key ingredient used when making humans that He created a new set of eyes for the blind man.
If that was you, where would Jesus need to put the mud?
What part of you need to be healed, or made new?
Is there something in your past you won’t let go?
Is there something in your present you need to turn from?
Telling Your Story-
Just the Facts (you be you)
When pressed by the Pharisees about how he was healed, the man’s story remains the same as when he was asked by his neighbors because…
It was True
Is was part of his story
1a. Avoid Embellishment and Exaggeration
Our Story Exists to Glorify Jesus, Not to Glorify Us
You Story of Salvation is Only the Beginning of Your Story
Read John 9:13-34
Do Not Argue!
14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Your testimony is your story of how Jesus saved your life,
share it with confidence, boldness, and humility.
How long have you been a Christian? How long did it take until you started following Christ? Is there a difference in the first two questions? Can you be a Christian and not follow Christ/be obedient to His teachings?
If willing, would you like to share your salvation experience with the group? Assuming more than one person shared their experience can you see some similarities and some differences? Is our salvation experience important? Why or why not?
Read John 9:1-12, have you ever had something happen in your life (or perhaps you were born with some kind of issue) that you felt was the result of sin? Is sin passed on generationally?
Why do you think when Jesus heals people there is not only one way which he chooses to do it? Why do you think sometimes we are healed and sometimes it is not part of God’s plan? Does God allow suffering? If so, how can a God of love allow suffering?
Is there any one way that we should witness to non-believers?
What were some of the tips laid out in the sermon for how to share your story with others?
Read John 9:13-19, do we often try to bolt on our own rules to God’s work? What are some ways we can, like the Pharisees, add to what Jesus did on the cross, or maybe even explain away a miracle?
Should we ever argue about salvation with other’s? Can you think of a time when arguing about salvation was successful?
Please pray for the church and it’s leadership