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By Stephen
19 Jun 2011 Sunday

 

 

Worship song: I believe this is more

 

 

 

Verse
 
You have been good to me
You have been good to me
You have been gracious
You have been faithful
Meeting my needs
Lord, it's so plain to see
You have been good to me
I have been given so much I can't even
Begin to thank You
 Chorus: And still I believe there is more
I believe there is more
I believe
So I open my hands to receive
All that Your love has in store
 (DO INTRO)
Lord, I believe
Verse  Everything I have done
All that I've said and sung
Lifting Your story giving You glory
That's just the beginning
Father, I know there is more
Power to heal and restore
Miracles wonders blessings unnumbered
Love never-ending
Verse Exceedingly abundantly
More than our minds can imagine
Love overflowing
You are bestowing
Day after day after day

 


  

 

Scripture Reading: John 9:1-7

9:1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.
9:2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
9:3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.
9:4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no-one can work.
9:5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
9:6 Having said this, he spat on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.
9:7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

 

Sermon Outline

Principle No.1

Everything will shake except God’s unfailing love for you. (Isaiah 54:10)

Applicable Prayer No.1

How will you deal with the sin that is blinding you from God?

l         Confess your sin before God

l         Hate your sin because it is against God

l         Turn away from your sin to God

l         Seek the delight in God

l         Pray to be filled with the Spirit of God

Principle No.2

 

God is the Potter, we are the clay. Everything that God does for you is for your very best. His plan for you is perfect.

Applicable Prayer No.2

 

How will you reveal God’s Glory In your suffering ?

l         Be joyful always

l         Pray continually

l         Give thanks in all circumstances

l         For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

Principle No.3

Faith is trusting alone in God’s Trustworthiness.

Applicable Prayer No.3

 

How do you plan to mature in faith?

l         Surrender

l         Trust

l         Obey

l         Pray

Applicable Prayer No.4

 

What are you willing to give up so that your life is an exhibit to the infinite value of knowing God?

Jim Elliot said: “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Jesus says: “You must deny yourself and give up everything and follow me.”

Give up your life to God as living sacrifice.

 


 

Sermon in Detail:

 

Happy Father’s Day!

 

Let us pray:

Father, you are an almighty God: rich and wealthy in love; perfect in compassion; and your truth sets us free! Your truth sets us free to love you, to see you, to be all that you desire us to be in this world. And Father, we have come to you, to tell you that we want to see YOU! We want to see you with our eyes and with our hearts, because you are a faithful Father: you are a Father who never forgets, a Father who never forsakes, a Father who cannot fail, and a Father who is forever with us! As we break open your words today, please open our eyes so that we will see you in this place and in this world; and that your glory will fill this church and the temple of our hearts and this nation of China. May you be glorified, In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

1.      Summary of the Sermon on June 5 2011, John 8

The last time that we were in the Gospel of John, it was in John: 8. (see 2011-06-05 Be a Forgiving Person) And Gloria did a masterful job in sharing with us the key point of Jesus forgiving the adulterous woman. She said that as Jesus forgives us, we too must forgive and be a forgiving people. This was during the time of the Feast of Tabernacles - the feast of light. And as we know in the second section of chapter 8, we turn our eyes from the adulterous woman to Lord Jesus Christ giving a discourse on who your father is. Who is your father? You can tell who your father is by whom you obey. When He tells the Pharisees: “your father is the devil”, they pick up stones and are about to stone Him: how dare you say that our father is the devil? He says that your father is the devil because you seek to kill God’s Son – our Lord Jesus Christ. If Abraham was your father, you would do the works of Abraham. And we know that Abraham looked forward to the day of seeing Jesus Christ. Then He adds: “I am. Before Abraham was even born, I am God. I am God.”

 

2.      John 9 divisions

So today we are going to look at John: 9. We will start with looking at the key words in chapter 9. You can see the most-frequent-appeared words in chapter 9 are:

Blind

14 times

See

12 times

Know

11 times

Eyes

10 times

Sin/Sinner

8 times

 

We can get a bit of idea that this chapter is about blindness and about seeing. It addresses towards those who want to know, those who are sinners. A few statistics are from the World Health Organization about blindness:

Visually Impaired (cannot walk unaided)

An estimated 314 million people

Every 5 seconds

1 person goes blind

Every minute

1 child goes blind

Within 1 year

60% of those blind children die

Estimated Annual Global Economic Cost of Blindness

Approaching US$110 Billion

 

If you would like to ask how much I have in my pockets, you all see that I am pretty poor. Look, empty pockets. I don’t have 110 billion US dollars. Do you? So this blindness is a big, big, big problem.

And we know the chapter relates to spiritual blindness as well as physical one. We are talking about dark times. We are talking about going through a very, very difficult time in your life, when everything is so dark that you cannot see the end, so dark that you cannot feel that it is going to change, so dark that you simply don’t know what is going to happen. Have you ever experienced a dark time? Have you ever felt like this man in our story: without friends, without finance, without a future and without fulfillment? Have you ever felt that dark? Have you ever felt that you were walking through the valley of the shadow of death?

There was a family. The father’s name was John; the wife’s name was Mercy. And they had a child by the name Frances, who was their first child .They were so excited. But when Frances was six, she caught a cold and developed an eye disease. The country doctor came and said “Hot mustard. Put a little bit of hot mustard on the eyes and she will be brand-new.” Unfortunately, this hot mustard destroyed her eyesight and she became blind. You can imagine the darkness that the six-year-old felt and the darkness that the parents felt. Not only did the child lose her sight, but she also lost her daddy about a year later. Talk about losses. Talk about darkness.

  This is what this story is really about: the darkness which remains but no longer rules. So let’s look at chapter 9 and the major divisions for the entire chapter:

1-7

The Sinner/the Blind Man

8 -12

The Skepticism of the Man’s Neighbors

13 -34

The Sanhedrin’s Investigation of the Breach of the Sabbath Rule (the Sanhedrin was a Jewish Assembly of Judges)

35 - 41

The Son of Man is Revealed to the Sinner

 

  In our section we will divide our chapters a little bit differently so that you can follow along more easily:

1-2

Sin and suffering

3-6

Sovereignty of God and sign

7

Sight and submission

 

 

3.      Principle No.1: Our Blindness, Our Sin and God’s Love (John 9: 1-2)

The first section:

John 9:1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.

So what do we learn about God from this particular passage?

First of all we learn that God is the God who goes around. He is involved in our lives; actually, in every detail of our lives. As the Bible describes, He is the God whose eyes run to and fro throughout the earth, seeking to strengthen the hearts of all whose minds are steadfast upon Him. God is seeking, seeking and seeking. For whom is He seeking? You and me. He is seeking us. The God of the universe is seeking you and me as a treasured possession. He says: “You are precious in my sight. I created you in my image and I seek you. I want to be with you.”

  We also learn from this passage that He is a God who sees. He sees us as people to love, not as problems to solve. He sees you personally. You are a person to love and to marry and to be with forever. To Him, you are not a problem, not an interruption, not an obstacle or an obstruction; you are an integral part of His life and He wants it that way. He is so different from us, isn’t He? I remember when the disciples come back from their mission trip, they are so excited: “Yeah! We did it! We did it Jesus! But we are tired.” And Jesus says: “I think it is time for you to rest.” What happens though is that He sees the thousands and thousands of people to be saved as sheep without a shepherd. And of course the disciples are thinking: “Oh no, they’ve come to interrupt our rest.” However Jesus sees as people and as treasured possession those whom He comes to redeem. He treasures those for whom He comes to die. He sees them as people to love, not as problems to solve.

  Another thing we learn from this passage is that Jesus sees the man who is blind from birth. Jesus sees the man’s physical condition: he has a lifelong problem. Jesus also sees the man’s spiritual condition: his lifelong spiritual needs. Of course the disciples are wondering what Jesus is looking at. They want to know what Jesus is thinking, so they ask Him a question.

John 9:2 His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’

Maybe they think that by asking this question they are going to look really smart in front of Jesus.  

 Anyway we learn a little bit about sin from this particular passage. Sin blinds us: it keeps us from seeing the spiritual reality of God’s presence. Sin blinds us: it keeps us from understanding the truth. Sin blinds us: it keeps us from understanding our utter desperation to be united with God and to be in fellowship with God. Sin blinds us from all these spiritual truth. 

We also learn that the man is blind from birth. So is our nature. We are born sinners, so we sin. Adam and Eve fell; so will we. We are prone to sin. Yet we are also prone to wonder about the One who loves us infinitely.

We learn as well that sin breaks everything: it breaks our relationship with God, our relationship with people and our hearts. The Bibles tells us that our hearts are like an idol factory. Our hearts are wicked beyond imagination. In conclusion sin blinds us from birth and breaks us.

  We now look at our first principle for today. Our first principle is from Isaiah 54:10. It is one of my favorite; and I pray that you will memorize it because it is really beautiful:

      Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

  God is going to shake everything you can ever think of that is stable and will never be moved. But He says:

Everything will shake except my unfailing love for you.

Everything will shake and be removed except my covenant, my commitment to love you.

Everything will shake except my peace that flows like a river; or rather, my peace that overflows like the waves of the ocean.”

Don’t you want that? Wouldn’t you like that? Yes. That is what we are looking for, this stability and this security that we can find in Jesus.

 

 

 

4.      Application Question No.1: How will you deal with the sin that is blinding you from God?

If sin blinds us, breaks us, impoverishes us and isolates us from God, what are we going to do with sin’s such evilness?

I have a few suggestions that will help you be free, as God wants you to be free:

  Confess your sin before God

Say to God: “Lord, I agree with you that I am a sinner and that what I do hurts you very much.”

  Hate your sin because it is against God

Say to God: “I don’t like doing this. I don’t like getting angry with the ones I love. I don’t like stealing from my employer. I don’t like cheating my professor.” Tell God: “I hate sin because God hates it.”

  Turn away from your sin to God

If something is your sin, turn away from it. Don’t face it. Don’t focus on it. Move away from it.

  Seek the delight in God

Find pleasure and satisfaction in the Lord, then it will be very easy to turn away from the things that once charmed you, tempted you and attracted you.

  Pray to be filled with the Spirit of God

If you want to be free and victorious over sin, then you need to be filled with the Holy Spirit, every day, every moment, every week. Ask God: “Fill me with the Holy Spirit! Fill me with the Spirit! I want the Holy Spirit to overflow in me! I want to decrease so that Jesus must increase! I want everybody to see the Holy Spirit in me.” I want everybody to see the Holy Spirit in you, each and every one of you. In you the Holy Spirit will dwell.

 

 

5.      Principle No.2: God’s Sovereignty and the Sign - the Saliva Solution (John 9 : 3-6)

John 9:3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

Essentially, what we can draw from this verse is that God’s purpose is to display Him to you through whatever circumstances you experience. God is spirit. God is invisible. But guess what? He says: “You are too far away from me. I want to be close to you. I want you to see me. The way I am going to do that: I am going to do my work through your circumstances, be it the bright and beautiful circumstances or the dark ones. You are going to see me. You are going to see God.” Yes, that is what God desires to do through your circumstances.

John 9:4 “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”

In this context, Jesus is saying: “While I am still physically alive, I must do and we must do what God has entrusted me to do. I am on a mission and I must do every single work that God has given to me, so that everyone will have the clearest revelation of who God is. I don’t want to miss a single detail. I want to do every single work so that everyone can get the fullest opportunity to see the fullest revelation of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

For application, it tells us that we must make the most of every opportunity to do God’s will. Make the most of every opportunity. It is God’s grace, God’s time and God’s light. Use that time to spread the Gospel. Use that time to obey God’s will.

I heard of a man who was working late in his office. He felt this prompting: “Go speak to that co-worker of yours whom you don’t like.” He replied: “Oh really? Do I have to speak to that guy? All he does is criticizing me, laughing at me and ridiculing me.” But he felt in his heart that since they were alone in their own offices working late into the night, he should take the opportunity to go share the Gospel with his fellow worker. He said: “Okay Lord, I will do this.” So he went and knocked on his co-worker’s door. He said to that man: “You know I feel really strange doing this, but I’d like to share the Gospel with you.” Of course that man replied: “Go away, I’m not interested.” “But I must share the Gospel with you; God told me so.” “God told you so? What did God tell you?” Then the believer began to share the Gospel. His co-work wouldn’t stop laughing and ridiculed him and said: “Get out of here.” So the believer went back to his desk and said: “Lord, you see, I told you he was going to laugh at me. There you go. So next time when you want to send me to someone, I am going to remind you of what happened this time.” He didn’t find out until a number of years later that somebody else was also in that office that night, who was down on his knees fixing the carpet behind a desk. The third man was in a dark period at that time, going through the valley of the shadow of death. He felt so despaired toward his life that he wanted to end it. He said: “God, you are not there.” However while he was working on the carpet, he suddenly heard the Gospel being preached in the office. It was the first time he heard the Gospel; and the words warmed his heart. Years later he came to the believer and said: “You may not remember this, but when you shared the Gospel of Truth with that co-worker, he laughed at you, but it touched me. And I found hope for the first time of my life. Hope to live again. So thank you for being so faithful.”

The essence of this lesson: we should make the most of every opportunity while it is day.

John 9:5 “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

We know Jesus identifies himself as God. He says: “I am God; in me there is no darkness. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life.” Jesus is the Light that gives life. Jesus is the Light that gives knowledge of God. Jesus is the Light, purity, holiness, the essence of God.

John 9:6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.

This is the amazing saliva solution. The man born blind hears the gentle voice of Jesus. He feels the proximity of Jesus. He feels that touch of Jesus. He feels the warmth of the saliva in the mud mixed on his eyes. He knows that something really different is happening to him; something that he has never ever experienced before. This stranger in front of him has something irresistible in His voice. This irresistibleness is also in His touch. No one has ever touched him like that; no one has ever wanted to be close to him; no one has ever wanted to be there for him. But for some reason this stranger called Jesus touched him. And he was forever touched.

So the principle No.2 we have today:

 

 God is the Potter, we are the clay,

 He rules with absolute sway(power),

 For our best and His Glory to display.

 

Everything that God does is for your very best. You have to believe that. Everything that God does is perfect and for your good. You have to believe that. I believe it. I pray that so do you.

 

6.      Application Question No.2

How will you reveal God’s Glory day and night in your suffering and your prosperity? How will you reveal God’s Glory?

 

I find an easy solution from:

1 Thessalonians 4: 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

I summarize the verses as following. If you want to reveal God’s Glory and want people to see God in you, then I think you should memorize these verses and live it out.

  Be joyful always

Be joyful in God’s presence, because God never leaves you.

  Pray continually

Pray, pray and pray, be close to God. Tell Him everything that you are thinking and tell Him how much you love Him.

  Give thanks in all circumstances

Give thanks because God is perfect and He knows what the best is.

  For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

Focus on God’s will, because His will will help you display His Glory.

 

 

People will say: “Yes, it is not you who lives; but it is Christ living in you for sure. We know it must be God; it cannot be you.

 

7.      Principle No.3: Submission and Sight (John 9:7)

John 9:7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

“I once was blind; but now I see!”

I really have to comment on the man’s faith in Jesus. Jesus doesn’t say: “Go and you will be healed.” Jesus just says: “Go and wash.” The man possibly thinks: “Oh boy, I have this mud on my face; everyone is going to see me walking with mud. This is no beauty treatment. Why do I want to have mud on my eyes? Well all right, I will go since He has asked me to go. I will just believe it and go.” And as he obeyed, God’s blessing simply poured unto him: he is able to see.

“I once was blind; but now I see!”

Can you imagine the excitement of being able to see for the first time? He can now see shapes and colors that he has never ever seen before.

“I can see! I can see! I can see!”

 

Physical sight is totally amazing; spiritual sight however is even more amazing: because you get to see the God of the universe who knitted you together; who loves you unfailingly, infinitely and faithfully. You get to see the Love of your life finally.

“I can see! I can see! I can see!

 Yes! I can see! Finally

 I can see: Your Name is Jesus;

You were once in a human body,

You were once believed to be a prophet and a man sent from God;

But now I can see you are the Messiah,

You are now my Messiah!

You are my Messiah and you love,

And because you live I live too!

I can see Him; I can see Him; I can see Him!

He is the Life and He reigns and rules.”

 

What a wonderful God!

 

So the third principle we have today: Faith is trusting alone in God’s Trustworthiness.

 

We are very result-oriented. I am from the sales field. What matters most is “Get the results, Stephen, or else you are fired.”  “Yes, sir.” We want to get the result.

But God is a process guy. He is not as much into results as He is into relationships. It takes a process to build a relationship. God is saying to us:

“Trust in who I am, but not in the results.

Leave the results to me.

But trust in who I am.

Trust in what I say.

Trust in what I have promised.

Trust in who I am which is guaranteed.”

 

If you trust in the results, I’m very sorry to say that you will be disappointed.

But if you trust in God, you will never be disappointed. And you will see God as you have ever seen Him before.

 

 

8.      Application Question No.3

How do you plan to mature in faith? If faith is so essential to see God and to have a relationship with God, how do you plan to grow and mature in your faith?

I have found the answers for you, and the acronym is S T O P.

Surrender

Not my will but God’s Will

Trust

Believe God’s Person & Power

Obey

Act on God’s Word

Pray

Wait for God’s Answer

  Surrender

Whenever you are facing a circumstance, say: “Lord, you are in control; this is difficult for me, but not my will be done but the will of yours.” That’s how you surrender to God.

  Trust

Then you say: “Lord, you are my God. You are in control. You allowed this situation to happen. I’m just going to cling on to the promise that you are my God who will never leave me or forsake me. I will trust in you and you alone.” That’s how you trust in God.

  Obey

Then say: “Lord, this is a very difficult circumstance. What do you want me to do? I’ve learnt that I should always rejoice, that I should pray without ceasing and that I should give thanks. Okay, this is really difficult, but I’m going to try it. I’m going to rejoice and pray and thank you nonstop because it is God’s will for me in Christ Jesus.” That’s how you obey God. I’m not asking you to deny your feelings. Nor am I asking you to keep away from crying. I’m not saying you shouldn’t pray: “Lord, this is too hard.” What I am saying is to obey. Obey and you will see the beginning of God’s blessings.

  Pray

Pray and wait for God. As you obey, wait for God to answer your prayers.

 

9.      Summary for John 9: 1-7

1-2 Sin:

Jesus’ Unfailing Love and Compassion for the blind man as well as you and I

3-6 Sovereignty:

Jesus’ Unfailing Power; nothing is impossible for Jesus

7 Sight:

Jesus’ Unfailing Glory; as He does His work in you and I, He will show His glory

 

10.  Applicable Question No.4

What are you willing to give up so that your life is an exhibit to the infinite value of knowing God?

So that when people see you they say: “Wow, it must be very valuable to know Jesus Christ.”

I would suggest you give up your life. We are called to live as living sacrifices. Jesus gave up everything, so I think it is fair that we should give up everything as well. Jesus gave up His life; we should give up our life to God as living sacrifices.

Jim Elliot said: “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Jesus says: “You must deny yourself and give up everything and follow me.”

That’s true life.

 

 

11.  The Story of Frances the Little Blind Girl Continues

Remember the six-year-old girl Frances who went blind? This little girl who walked through darkness and lost her father became a very content girl. Her mother taught her about Jesus. Frances came to know Jesus as the Lover of her life.

The girl is Frances Crosby, as known as Fanny Crosby.

She said something very profound: “Mother, if I had a choice, I would still choose to be blind…for when I die, the first face I will ever see will be the face of my Blessed Savior: Jesus Christ.”

 

 

Summary by Chong

Edited by Katherine

 

 

Happy Father's Day!
The special worship for Father's Day on 19th Jun, 18:30--20:30 (Chinese).
Here is the video of Father Choir:

 

 

 

 

 


Resources:

Sermon Video: Believing is Seeeing video mp3
Video: Father Choir video  
Worship song: Everywhere I Go mp3 lyric
Worship song: Supernatural Rain mp3 lyric
Worship song: Blessed Be Your Name mp3 lyric
Worship song: I Believe There Is More mp3 lyric
Welcome song mp3 lyric
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
(background of Father Choir's video)
mp3 lyric

 


 

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