Worship Preparation: May 12, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Read the sermon text: John 9:1-41

Read the sermon summary: Do you ever feel like you have superior understanding of spiritual things? Like if others could just see as well as you do, then we’d all be better off? Our passage for this Sunday speaks to these issues of humility and pride and spiritual understanding. The story is a real-life parable of sorts. Jesus identifies himself as the light of the world and then gives sight to a blind man. The man is given not only physical sight, but also spiritual understanding. He believes in Jesus as the Son of Man and worships him (v. 38). But the Pharisees have physical sight and claim to have spiritual understanding. They see the works Jesus does and yet they still refuse to believe in him. They are unwilling to admit their own spiritual blindness and come to Jesus. Therefore, their guilt remains. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: How does Jesus’ lesson in verse 39 relate to his statement in verse 5? How does John lay out the progression of the blind man coming to see who Jesus really is? What is the significance of the repetition of the terms “sinner” and the idea of being “cast out” of the synagogue (see verses 2, 22, 34, and 35)?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
Be Thou My Vision (Slane)
Be Thou my vision
O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me
Save that Thou art
Thou my best thought
By day or by night
Waking or sleeping
Thy presence my light
 
Be Thou my wisdom
Be Thou my true Word
I ever with Thee
And Thou with me Lord
Thou my great Father
I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling
And I with Thee one
 
Be Thou my shield
And my sword for the fight
Be Thou my dignity
Be Thou my might
Thou my soul's shelter
And Thou my high tow'r
Raise Thou me heav'nward
O pow'r of my pow'r
 
Riches I heed not
Nor man's empty praise
Thou mine inheritance
Now and always
Thou and Thou only
Be first in my heart
High King of heaven
My treasure Thou art
 
High King of heaven
When vict'ry is won
May I reach heaven's joys
O bright heaven's Sun
Heart of my own heart
Whatever befall
Still be my vision
O Ruler of all
 
CCLI Song # 30639
Eleanor Henrietta Hull | Mary Elizabeth Byrne
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Landon Pauley

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