LOUD #3

Based on: 
John 9:1-17

Main Objective: Every time God does something LOUD it is because He wants to bring us into a right relationship with Him. In this Bible study we want to look at how this relationship with God is lived out. How does your life look different because of this relationship?

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.”
—African Proverb

“We must be the change we want to see in the world.”
—Ghandi

What simple action would you ask one million people to do to change the world?
How could you impact the world in a negative way?
How could you impact the world in a positive way?

I believe that if Christians all over the world decide to live out their faith in small ways—by telling their stories and by living their witness—God will answer our prayers.

What small actions could you take to tell one other person about Jesus love??

Read these selections from John 9  then answer the following questions:

 1 As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3 "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." 6 Having said this, He spat on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. 7 "Go," He told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. 8 His neighbours and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, "Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?" 9 Some claimed that he was; Others said, "No, he only looks like him." But he himself insisted, "I am the man." 10 "How then were your eyes opened?" they demanded. 11 He replied, "The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see." 12 "Where is this man?" they asked him.  "I don't know," he said. 13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man's eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. "He put mud on my eyes," the man replied, "and I washed, and now I see." 16 Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath." But others asked, "How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?" So they were divided.  17 Finally they turned again to the blind man, "What have you to say about Him? It was your eyes He opened."  The man replied, "He is a prophet."

24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. "Give glory to God," they said. "We know this man is a sinner." 2 5He replied, "Whether He is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!"

  • What would it have been like to be a blind man in that time?
  • What happens after he’s healed?
  • What small action did the blind man take?? 
  • What impact did it have? 
  • What do you suppose happened to the blind man? 

In the end the best way the blind man could share what he knew about Jesus was to say—I don’t know all the answers to your questions, but I do know that once I was blind and now I can see. He witnessed about his faith in God, not in using great arguments or having answers to all their questions. His witness was his testimony of how Jesus had changed him; how Jesus had healed him.

Is there someone you know who you would like to see come to faith?

What small actions could you take to share your faith?  (i.e., pray for them daily; be genuine friends with a non-believer; act like Jesus would; love people; speak out against injustice; tell people how you’ve seen God at work in you’re life; smile at people; be grateful; be content; be nice; don’t argue with people; encourage another believer; do a random act of kindness; write a love note; etc.)  

Now take some time to think and pray about what you want people to know regarding what it is you believe, and how you see God being active in your life.

  • What is it that you believe about Jesus Christ and yourself?
  • What does it mean to you to have faith in Jesus Christ? To have a relationship with Him?
  • How does God’s work in you make you different? How has God changed you?

Through the work of the Holy Spirit how has God been changing you (like He changed the blind man)? List some changes:

  • What small actions to tell others will you take?

Here’s a way to pray for your friends:

List 5 of your friends who you would like to pray come to faith:

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Pray daily for each of these friends, by name. Keep praying for them to know the love of Jesus—keep praying 'til it happens. When it happens, take that person off the list and replace him or her with another friend.

Some people will remain on your prayer list for a long long time (I have one person on my prayer list that has been there for 38 years!) We don’t convert people—God does—so I just keep praying!