stephen murray

Sight From The Word of God

stephen murray

Big Idea: Another dimension of the salvation that Jesus brings is sight to the blind. The Word of God is a gift to us to help give us proper sight.

Review:

What did the Lord do in you as you practiced repentance, confession and forgiveness in our lesson last week?  Note: Again taking time to review will built faith for what God is doing in your group in this season.

Starter Question:

What is your favorite worship song or hymn?

Providing Leadership:

One of the most iconic worship hymns of all time is Amazing Grace, written by John Newton. It contains the following line:

Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
T'was blind but now I see

The song articulates one of the profound truths of the Scripture, that the salvation of Jesus helps us to see clearly and rightly.

As we have been growing these several weeks, we have been working through negative legacies from our family of origin that God is wanting to heal as a part of being in his family. One of the reasons we can get tangled up in sin is because we don’t see, or don’t see clearly.

One way we practically experience “seeing” is by letting the Word of God re-orient our “sight” around Truth.

Read: 2 Cor. 4:4, 1 John 2:11, Psalm 119:105, Psalm 19:7-9

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

– 2 Corinthians 4:4

But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

– 1 John 2:11

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

– Psalm 119:105

The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.…

– Psalm 19:7-9

Lead:

Have one of your leaders share how God’s Word has helped them receive sight and healing from negative legacies from their family of origin. Again, this is going to set the model and the temperature for the rest of the evening.

Discussion Question:

Does anyone else have a similar testimony they want to share about how God’s word has helped them receiving sight and healing?

Activate:

Tonight we are going to put these verses into practice to attack lies that we believe related to these issues that we might see clearly.

We are going to do that by applying the Word of God to our lives. Distribute a piece of paper and pen to everyone in the group. Make 2 columns. Label the left column “Blindspots/Lies I believe” and column 2 “Seeing Clearly / Truth of God’s Word.

As you reflect on the issues you are working through and the way those have impacted you and your family, I want you to consider tonight the lies that surround those issues. They may be lies about God, lies about yourself or even lies about other people.

Take time to write down the various lies that the Holy Spirit brings to mind as you reflect. You can use the Unbiblical Family Commandments to help jump start you if need be. In the right column, you are going to write down specific Scriptures that speak to the lies you are tempted to believe. You can use the concordance in your Bible or online to help find specific verses.

After 10-15 minutes, come back together and let people share various lies and Scriptures that speak to them.

Discussion Question:

What is the good fruit you would experience by seeing according to God’s Word vs. according to the lies you are tempted to believe?

Discipleship Challenge:

Everyday this week, we want to challenge you to meditate on this verse in the morning, at lunch and in the evening. Next week when we come together we are going to share how this impacted us this week.

If the idea of meditating on God’s word is new to your group, you can offer to connect people who aren’t sure what to do with someone who feels strong in the area of Scripture meditation.