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05-19-20 Kevin Goins - Church’s Ministry of Healing, John 9:8-9, part 3

“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing”
John 9:8-9 (Part 3)

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).
VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of darkness; healing is a work of the Kingdom of light (9:5).
VIII Eighth, the how of healing is very important (9:6).
IX Ninth, sickness can be overcome by divine healing, but healing does not happen without some action on our part (9:7).

X Tenth, divine healing will always arouse doubt (9:8-9).

A. The first thing this text teaches us is that miracles that transform people’s lives get noticed and these miracles arouse either faith or doubt.

B. The second thing this text teaches us is that when a miracle arouses doubt, Jesus can seem to be far away.

C. The third thing this text teaches us is that when a miracle occurs, some will believe.

D. The fourth thing this text teaches us is that when a miracle occurs some will ___________ believe.

1. The neighbors said, “This man who can see _____________ be the man who was blind from birth.”

2. Why did they make the statement, “It only looks like him,” without even bothering to ___________ the man ___________ he was?

3. The people who are giving the most critical assessments of the Bible today are most often the people who have the _____________ knowledge of the Bible.

4. If you want to witness creative thinking in the extreme, show someone the evidence for a miracle and watch how their mind works to e___________ it all a________.

5. What is true for c________________ is also true for m_______________, there will always be people who will not believe.

E. Lastly, this text teaches us that despite the fact that some believe and some do not, the one who experiences a miracle of healing has the opportunity to be an i_______________ w_____________ for Jesus.

1. If a miracle had not occurred, no one would have been saying that the man born blind was _______ the man born blind. They only said that because if this man who can now see was the man born blind, then they would have to a_____________ that a miracle had actually occurred.

2. The blind man was, on this occasion, the only one who could speak as an e______________.

3. This man offered proof that a miracle had taken place, and he did not have to be a s_______________ or a p_______________ or a religious expert to do that.

4. We do not have to ____________ scientifically that God does miraculous things in our world today. We do not need to ___________ that there is philosophical justification for believing that God does miracles. We do not have to q____________ Bible verses to support the fact that God does today what people would call miracles. All we have to do is to _______ our story of what Jesus did for us.

5. John says that when this man acted as a witness to the miracle-working power of Jesus, it was as if he was s________________ in the s_________ of Jesus.

6. When the “I am” saves us or heals us or delivers us in some way, we should do as the Psalmist says: We should proclaim his salvation from __________ to __________.

 

05-15-20 Kevin Goins - The Church’s Ministry of Healing, John 9:8-9 Part 2

“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing”
John 9:8-9 (Part 2)

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).
VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of darkness; healing is a work of the Kingdom of light (9:5).
VIII Eighth, the how of healing is very important (9:6).
IX Ninth, sickness can be overcome by divine healing, but healing does not happen without some action on our part (9:7).

X Tenth, divine healing will always arouse doubt (9:8-9).

A. The first thing this text teaches us is that miracles that transform people’s lives get noticed and these miracles arouse either faith or doubt.

B. The second thing this text teaches us is that when a miracle arouses doubt, Jesus can seem to be f____________ a_______________.

1. This seems strange to us, but, at this point in time, Jesus is n__________________ to be found.

2. This is important because if Jesus had not disappeared the chapter would have been completely d______________.

3. What we are going to see is that the once blind man becomes a r_________________, a v___________ for Jesus.

4. Jesus _________ came back to defend the formerly blind man against the accusations of the religious leaders.

5. And, what is so important about this is that this situation is often played out in o_______ o______ lives.

6. Jesus’ purpose for our life is not to makes things __________ for us, but to put us into situations that will enable us to ____________.

C. The third thing this text teaches us is that when a miracle occurs, some ________ believe.

1. It is important for us to be clear about what is taking place in verses 8 and 9: This is not a question of i________________.

2. What the crowd is really debating is this: Is it p____________ that any man born blind could suddenly have eyes that can see?

3. And, notice, this crowd, which includes the man’s neighbors, is d___________________.

4. A miracle speaks very loudly, so loudly that it will inevitably d_______________ people.

5. When I accept the possibility of miracles I am also making a claim that there must be a power greater than _______, greater than h___________ b______________.

6. My desire to be the only lord of my life, the only director of my life, also makes it necessary for me to ____________ the healing miracles of Jesus.

 

05-09-20 Kevin Goins - The Church’s Ministry of Healing, John 9:8-9, part 1

“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing”
John 9:8-9 (Part 1)

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).
VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of darkness; healing is a work of the Kingdom of light (9:5).
VIII Eighth, the how of healing is very important (9:6).
IX Ninth, sickness can be overcome by divine healing, but healing does not happen without some action on our part (9:7).

X Tenth, divine healing will always arouse ________________.

A. Now, John takes us to the r_____________ of the miracle and we read about it in verse __________.

1. Obviously, something aroused their c______________ and there is no question as to what that was.

2. Miracles get the a_______________ of people.

B. And that brings us to our first point: Miracles that transform people’s lives get n_____________ and these miracles arouse either _________ or ___________.

1. Why is that when we come face to face with what someone claims to be a miracle of healing, we feel this need to explain it in one of two very d_______________ ways:

a. either as a g_______________ work of God

b. or, as something which was not really what it a_______________ to be.

c. Why is it that no matter how much we try to believe that it is a miracle, it is so hard for us not to e_____________ it all away?

2. People can easily refuse to see a miracle because they do not e________________ to see miracles.

a. The “perception of incongruity” will not allow us to see what is c_______________ to our worldview.

b. That happens, even to us Christians, because we have been so thoroughly i______________ by our culture.

c. On this occasion the healing of the man born blind aroused a lot of doubt, and that is a s_______________ to many people.

 

05-05-20 Kevin Goins - The Church’s Ministry of Healing, John 9:7 conclusion

“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing”
John 9:7 (Conclusion)

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).
VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of darkness; healing is a work of the Kingdom of light (9:5).
VIII Eighth, the how of healing is very important (9:6).
IX Ninth, sickness can be overcome by divine healing, but healing does not happen without some action on our part (9:7).

-This verse makes four key points:

A. First, Jesus told this man to go.

B. Second, Jesus told him to wash.

C. Third, Jesus did not ask this man to e________________ his f___________.

1. That is significant, because there are times when Jesus ___________ ask a person to do just that.

a. First, there is the example of J______________.

b. Second, there is the example of the two blind men in ___________________ chapter ________.

c. Third, we have the instructions found in J____________ chapter ____________ which tell the church how to carry out the ministry of healing.

2. But Jesus did not ask for an e__________________ or confession of faith on this occasion. Jesus did not ask the man ________________ before he healed him.

3. Sometimes we do not have the _____________ to convey what it is we actually believe. That does not really matter, however, because we always have _______________ which we often carry out without thinking, and these actions will make _____________ what it is we truly believe.

4. The blind man did not know __________ he was going to the Pool of Siloam, except that someone told him to do that. He did not have any _________________, but still he went.

D. Fourth, and finally, something e_________________ happened to this man.

1. The man born blind came home seeing because he __________ when Jesus said, “Go,” and he ____________ when Jesus said “Wash!”

2. What Jesus asked the blind man to do was not ____________, but neither was it ____________________.

3. To obey the instructions of Jesus always brings _________________.

4. Remember: divine healing is not faith in ____________; divine healing is faith in ___________.

05-02-20 Kevin Goins, John 9:7, Part 3

“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing”
John 9:7 (Part 3)

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).
VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of darkness; healing is a work of the Kingdom of light (9:5).
VIII Eighth, the how of healing is very important (9:6).
IX Ninth, sickness can be overcome by divine healing, but healing does not happen without some action on our part (9:7).

-This verse makes four key points:

A. First, Jesus told this man to go.

B. Second, Jesus told him to ____________.

-What is the significance of this instruction by Jesus?

1. First, some believe that what Jesus is doing here is simply to repeat an _________ ________________ miracle of healing.

a. N_______________ went to see E______________ in 2 Kings chapter 5.

b. While there is some s______________ between the Old Testament miracle and John chapter 9, the circumstances in our text are too d_____________.

i. First, Jesus is not a _______________ like Elisha, he is M________________.

ii. Second, the man born blind is not a _______________, as Naaman was.

iii. Third, Naaman ___________ to be healed.

iv. When the man born blind is told by Jesus to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam, he does not ___________ at all.

2. Second, some believe that Jesus sends this man to wash in order to symbolize being _____________ from _______.

a. The Bible has a lot to say about the cleansing power of ______________.

b. This would mean that Jesus is not only planning to heal the man’s b______________, but he is also going to heal the man’s s____________.

c. But that does _______ fit here:

i. First, Jesus has already made clear in the f_________ three v_____________ of this chapter that the man’s blindness has nothing to do with sin.

ii. Second, if the washing symbolizes being cleansed of sin, and the need to be washed is because Jesus put _______ in the man’s eyes, that would make Jesus the s_____________ of the man’s sin.

3. Third, the washing could represent what we would call c_______________ or r______________ cleansing.

a. Ritual cleansing is using water to represent something which is true in the _________________ world.

b. Ritual cleansing was very important to Nazirites. A Nazirite was a person who was consecrated, or s_________ a__________, to serve God in a specific _______ for a specific period of _______.

c. I believe this man is told by Jesus to immerse himself in the Pool of s______-ness. He is to leave behind his old life, a life in which he did n___________ but sit and beg all day.

d. This man becomes, not just a happy healed person, but a powerful a_________________ for Jesus.

e. This miracle shows us that we must stress the fact that Jesus does not heal us simply to make us f__________ g___________ again.

f. We need to remind people that when God heals, he heals to take us from a place of l_____________ availability for service to a place of g_________________ availability for service.

04-28-20 Kevin Goins - The Church’s Ministry of Healing, John 9:7 part 2

“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing”
John 9:7 (Part 2)

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).
VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of darkness; healing is a work of the Kingdom of light (9:5).
VIII Eighth, the how of healing is very important (9:6).
IX Ninth, sickness can be overcome by divine healing, but healing does not happen without some action on our part (9:7).

-This verse makes four key points:

A. First, Jesus told this man to go.

1. Why did Jesus issue this command to the blind man to go?

a. First, he commanded him to go to get the blind man out of his rut.

b. Second, he commanded the blind man to go in order to motivate him to seek w_______________ for himself.

1. This guy in John 9 is doing nothing: he did not s________, he did not c___________ a tree, he did not unroof a r___________, he did not even a_______ Jesus to heal him.

2. There is a popular idea about God today and this idea is that, if there is a God, we need do ______________ at all to bring ourselves into line with his purposes or plans for us.

3. This means that all we need to do is to simply sit back and absorb his __________ and __________________.

4. The Bible does say that there are two blessings which do belong to everyone who is born into this world: _______ and ___________.

5. The Bible does, however, refer to many other blessings which do require some action on our part if we want to r_____________ them. In other words, there are things for which we must ___________.

6. And the most important thing for which people need to ask God is to be ____________, to be delivered from the power of ________ and ___________.

7. It is clearly the teaching of God’s Word that it is not by ____________ something that we are saved. Yet, at the same time, the Bible makes it clear that what we do ________________ greatly.

8. The solution which the Bible provides is that we come to God by ______________, not by works, but after we have come to God there is ____________ for us to do, but this work is not our own. It is a work orchestrated and empowered by __________ for his glory.

9. I believe Jesus is working in this blind man by getting him off his recliner and on to the road which will lead to a r__________________ with Jesus and s___________ for the Kingdom of God.

10. Leaving people where they are is what I believe can happen when we ignore the ministry of _______________.

11. I love the words of Oswald Chambers, who said, “Never try to explain God until you have obeyed him. The only bit of God we can __________________ is the bit we have _______________.

04-12-20 Kevin Goins - Defeating the Status Quo, Conclusion

“Defeating the Status Quo” (Conclusion)

In the first century “life as usual” for the people of Israel included poverty, illiteracy, hunger, sickness, and being under the thumb of the Roman empire. “Life as usual” is what we mean by the status quo, and for Israel the status quo was depressing, to say the least. But then Jesus came, and through his teaching and healing and feeding the hungry, he overcame many of the most negative elements of the status quo. Then he was put to death on the cross, but what followed his violent and humiliating death brought about the greatest reversal of the status quo the world has ever seen. In what ways did the resurrection of Jesus defeat the status quo?

I When we look at the Passion Story, we see, first, that Jesus said No to the status quo of lying to protect oneself.
II When we look at the Passion Story, we see, second, that Jesus said No to the status quo of hating those who hate us.
III When we look at the Passion Story, we see, third, that Jesus said No to the status quo of separation.
IV Finally, when we look at the Passion Story, we see, finally, that Jesus said No to the status quo of ______________.
A. There is no better illustration of what status quo means than the human m_________________ rate. The Latin term status quo literally means “the state i_____ w______________.”
1. We are all on a journey toward ____________.
2. Sartre said that there is no ____________ from this life with its inevitable death sentence. He called us “beings t___________ death.”
3. The more we try to hold on to each day, the ______________ each day seems to slip away.
B. There is only one foundation that can enable us to die in __________________, and that foundation is the resurrection of Jesus.
1. Oftentimes, at Easter, we talk about all the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, but the most obvious evidence is staring us in the face: that evidence is ___________.
2. There was no Christian ______________ and there was no Christian ________________ before the resurrection of Jesus.
3. Christianity was only a tiny movement when Jesus died, and when he died his followers looked for ________ to __________ into to escape the same fate Jesus had experienced, and that fate was being _________ to a cross.
4. If Jesus had not walked out of the tomb, there would have been nothing powerful enough to t_________________ the fear of a tiny ragtag band of followers into the w_________________ force that Christianity is today.
V When the status quo is changed, it does not take long until the ________ change becomes the _________ status quo. But here is what is so amazing about Jesus: the changes he brought about are still just as profoundly r____________ today as they were two-thousand years ago.

04-11-20 Kevin Goins - Defeating the Status Quo, Part 3

“Defeating the Status Quo” (Part 3)

In the first century “life as usual” for the people of Israel included poverty, illiteracy, hunger, sickness, and being under the thumb of the Roman empire. “Life as usual” is what we mean by the status quo, and for Israel the status quo was depressing, to say the least. But then Jesus came, and through his teaching and healing and feeding the hungry he overcame many of the most negative elements of the status quo. Then he was put to death on the cross, but what followed his violent and humiliating death brought about the greatest reversal of the status quo the world has ever seen. In what ways did the resurrection of Jesus defeat the status quo?

I When we look at the Passion Story, we see, first, that Jesus said No to the status quo of lying to protect oneself.
II When we look at the Passion Story, we see, second, that Jesus said No to the status quo of hating those who hate us.
III When we look at the Passion Story, we see, third, that Jesus said No to the status quo of s___________________.
A. The separation that troubles the human race today began with r______________ against God and the decision to d______________ his Word.
1. As a result of their disobedience, Adam and Eve were separated from e_________ o___________.
2. But what caused their separation from each other was the fact that they had first separated themselves from __________.
3. God is holy and will not t____________ the sin of rebellion.
B. Since it was the sin of disobedience which caused our separation from God and from each other, Jesus had to find a way to r____________ our sin.
1. Matthew and Mark tell us that when Jesus breathed his last, “the curtain of the temple was torn in two from ________ to ___________.”
2. This curtain hung in the temple for one reason: to separate sinful human beings from the p____________ of God.
3. When Jesus died, he offered to God a p___________ sacrifice, the sacrifice of his perfect and s_______________ life.
4. The curtain was v______________ ripped in two – it was s____________ to show that nothing can now close off our a___________ to God.
C. That is why we can now overcome the separation that exists between us and the ___________ around us, because Jesus ended the separation between us and ____________.

04-10-20 Kevin Goins - Defeating the Status Quo, Part 2

“Defeating the Status Quo” (Part 2)

In the first century “life as usual” for the people of Israel included poverty, illiteracy, hunger, sickness, and being under the thumb of the Roman empire. “Life as usual” is what we mean by the status quo, and for Israel the status quo was depressing, to say the least. But then Jesus came, and through his teaching and healing and feeding the hungry he overcame many of the most negative elements of the status quo. Then he was put to death on the cross, but what followed his violent and humiliating death brought about the greatest reversal of the status quo the world has ever seen. In what ways did the resurrection of Jesus defeat the status quo?

I When we look at the Passion Story, we see, first, that Jesus said No to the status quo of lying to protect oneself.
II When we look at the Passion Story, we see, second, that Jesus said No to the status quo of h___________ those who h_________ us.
A. Good Friday is the time when we recall the s_____________ of Jesus. The Gospels tell us that there were m___________ aspects to that suffering:
1. We tend to emphasize the p_______________.
2. If we know our New Testament theology, we also recognize the s_______________ aspect of his suffering.
3. But we often forget the r__________________ aspect of his suffering.
a. Jesus didn’t suffer in p_____________.
b. The crowds around the cross did not praise Jesus for who he w_______, they cursed him for what they b__________ him to be in that moment. They saw him as:
1. a would-be p______________ leader
2. a m___________ unstable person
3. a f______________.
c. The crowd could not accept the necessity of the c_____________.

B. But Luke says that from the cross Jesus looked out at these h_______-filled people and said, “Father, f___________ them for they do not k__________ what they are doing.”
1. But that was not only the attitude of Jesus as he hung on the cross, refusing to hate the haters was his p______________ way of dealing with life.
2. And what is even more shocking is that he expects _______ to do the same.

04-09-20 Kevin Goins - Defeating the Status Quo Part 1

“Defeating the Status Quo”

In the first century “life as usual” for the people of Israel included poverty, illiteracy, hunger, sickness, and being under the thumb of the Roman empire. “Life as usual” is what we mean by the status quo, and for Israel the status quo was depressing, to say the least. But then Jesus came, and through his teaching and healing and feeding the hungry he overcame many of the most negative elements of the status quo. Then he was put to death on the cross, but what followed his violent and humiliating death brought about the greatest reversal of the status quo the world has ever seen. In what ways did the resurrection of Jesus defeat the status quo?

I When we look at the Passion Story we see first that Jesus said No to the status quo of lying to protect oneself.
A. The religious leaders wanted to kill Jesus because he claimed to be the long-awaited Messiah, but they knew the Romans would not allow them to execute Jesus for r________________ reasons.
1. So, they accused Jesus of p______________ wrongdoing by saying that he claimed to be the King of the Jews.
2. The Romans punished rebellion, or treason, as a c______________ crime. In other words, they e______________ anyone who claimed to be any kind of King.
3. That is why Pilate asked Jesus the question, “Are you a King?” That is the only thing that m______________ as far as Pilate was concerned.
B. In John 18:37 Jesus says to Pilate, “You are right in saying I am a King.” There are two things here that are very much u___________________:
1. First, Jesus got himself into a f___________ predicament by saying that he was indeed a king.
2. The second thing that is unexpected is that there seems to be a non sequitur here. A non sequitur is when a statement does not f__________ logically from a previous statement.
3. Jesus admits to being a king and then, in the middle of the sentence, he suddenly changes the subject to t___________.
4. I believe that what Jesus is doing here is to shine some light into the darkness of P_____________ life and career.
5. Jesus speaks as if being born a King and telling the truth are o_______ and the s_________ thing.
6. Jesus was not only speaking to Pilate, second, he was speaking to all the people who would read the G______________. He was letting us know that we can t___________ him.
7. Jesus understood that if anyone claiming to be the Savior sent by God ever spoke a lie, then we could never be c___________ of our salvation.
8. What Does all this mean to us? It means that lying to protect ourselves is a part of the status quo that we must learn to f________________.

 


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