1. In this study we turn our attention to an account of Jesus and a man who had been born blind. If you'd like to look at the text, feel free to turn to the gospel of John, chapter nine. Jesus' followers asked a question. In verse four, how did they address Jesus, and what was their question? How did Jesus respond?
2. What word picture did Jesus give them about who He is? (See verse 5.) How did He reveal Himself to them?
3. What did Jesus do for the blind man? How did this change his life? Were all the changes "good"? Were any difficult? More thoughts...
This man faced questions from the community’s leaders. Consider how he may have felt to be able to finally see. Then consider the response of the community to the changes that had taken place in his life. How is this similar to or different from the experience of many today when their spiritual eyes are opened? Do people today face opposition or rejection when they have their lives changed by God?
4. What questions were raised by the actions Jesus had taken? What do we learn about Jesus in this true account?
5. Consider the physical blindness of this man. How had it affected his life? What spiritual parallels did Jesus draw? More thoughts...
Do you think that the people present were able to understand the lesson?
6. How does Jesus bring light to our lives? How might an encounter with God change our lives? More thoughts...
If we are taken from darkness to light, how should we then live? (See John 8:12; 3:19 and 12:46. You may also want to consider Psalm 89:15, 2 Corinthians 4:5-6 and 1 John 1:6-7.) How can we discern whether we’re walking in darkness or light?
7. What do we learn about Jesus when He says, "I am the light of the world"? What do we learn about ourselves? More thoughts...
Why do you think Jesus might have chosen this background or setting in order to communicate that He is the light?
8. Is there a basic need which Jesus is highlighting with this portrait? How might this need draw us into a deeper relationship with God?
9. What additional thoughts or questions do you have about this study?
10. Please pray for me in these areas: