Summary: Jesus heals a blind beggar, giving him back his sight. It's a story about poverty, persistence and praise. Luke is reminding us that we're spiritually impoverished and that persistent prayer and spontaneous praise are marks of someone who knows they have nothing and look to Jesus for everything. The absence of prayer and a life that lacks these moments of praise are symptoms of a growing spiritual blindness. The good news is that Jesus is willing and able to give us back our eyes.
- Whenever God speaks, we respond - either in obedience or disobedience. Doing nothing is disobedience.
- Obedience to God is built on repentance and faith - honesty about our sin and hope in Jesus' work on our behalf.
- The Holy Spirit fuses God's message to our life. How are you supposed to respond to what you heard this week?
- Who is helping you follow Jesus this week? Discipleship in isolation is a recipe for frustration.
A few ways we can help you as a church:
- Last fall, Jason Meyer at Bethlehem Baptist Church gave a message about prayer and spiritual blindness.
- Mark Driscoll's sermon on Luke 18:35-43 and how Jesus heals our spiritual blindness.
- Tim Keller writes about The Gospel and The Poor.
- We talked about taking next steps towards covenant community:
- If you're a guest, just show up next week.
- If you're a regular attender of our church, sign up for tomorrow night's membership class.
- If you're a covenant member, show up and serve. This is what it means to be family - we help each other follow Jesus.
- And if you're looking for a place to go deep with the Bible and with each other, email me (email@example.com) and let's talk about getting you into a DNA Group.