Sermon Preview – Week of January 1

This Sunday we will be back in John’s Gospel, and our preaching text will be John 9:1-7. It’s important to note that chapter 9 (all 41 verses) is a single narrative account of one miracle. That miracle is Jesus giving sight to a blind man. Sight and blindness are the dominant themes of chapter 9. There are some who think they see but do not, and others that can’t see but are made to see by the grace of Jesus. We will take this chapter in two parts, Jesus’ encounter with the blind man (9:1-7) and the interrogation that follows (9:8-41). Our text this week explains something to us that I think troubles the minds of many people. It is the issue of suffering, affliction and disability. Jesus takes the issue head on, he doesn’t hide behind any linguistic smoke shields, make excuses, or apologize on behalf of the triune God. He gives the most honest, comforting and hopeful answer to what is most assuredly a difficult and often times painful question. What’s the deal with suffering? What’s going on with this affliction? Why in the world do we deal with disability? While answering this specifically we will also see how this miracle fits into the overall narrative. It is through this miracle that Jesus, once again, declares himself to be the Messiah, the Son of God, and as a result we should believe, and in believing have eternal life. May the Lord bless our time in His Word this week!

Sermon Title: “God’s Sovereignty Over And Purposeful Providence In Suffering” 

Sermon Text: John 9:1-7

Meditation Passage: Isaiah 32:1-8

Call To Worship: Psalm 68:4-10

Benediction: 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

Songs For Sunday:

Come Praise And Glorify

Praise To The Lord The Almighty

O Spirit Lift Our Eyes To Jesus

O Lord My Rock And My Redeemer (NEW SONG)

Verse 1

O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer
Greatest treasure of my longing soul
My God like You there is no other
True delight is found in You alone
Your grace a well too deep to fathom
Your love exceeds the heavens’ reach
Your truth a fount of perfect wisdom
My highest good and my unending need

Verse 2

O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer
Strong defender of my weary heart
My sword to fight the cruel deceiver
And my shield against his hateful darts
My song when enemies surround me
My hope when tides of sorrow rise
My joy when trials are abounding
Your faithfulness my refuge in the night

Verse 3

O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer
Gracious Savior of my ruined life
My guilt and cross laid on Your shoulders
In my place You suffered bled and died
You rose the grave and death are conquered
You broke my bonds of sin and shame
O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer
May all my days bring glory to Your Name

Amazing Grace

He Leadeth Me


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