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Signs of the Savior: The Signs of Christ’s Spirit

Signs of the Savior: The Signs of Christ’s Spirit

Holy Spirit, enable me to SEE You at work!

Did you know that God's Holy Spirit has 20 names in the New Testament and is written of in 143 Scripture passages?! This moves me to want to study, experience and partner with this Spirit of Christ Who works so humbly, boldly, tenderly, wisely, and abundantly. May He open "the eyes" of my heart that I may know Him and His fellowship!

Younger Set:

1. Prepare ahead some objects or pictures of HEART (body organ, the "Valentine" shape, the middle or deepest part of fruit/cave/story).

2. Show these items to youth and also talk about God using "heart" in His Word to mean "everything that is truly who I am", and the part of me that is able to pay attention to His Spirit Who lives in me since my baptism.

3. Discuss - If God says His Spirit is like the wind, which I cannot see... how do I "see and hear" the Spirit? (Adults may share some examples and guide youth in recognizing the Spirit in times of trust to try something hard, in times of Bible study/worship/prayer, in times of "a whisper or nudge" to do or say something God-pleasing, in times of conscience and conviction, in times of using gifts/talents).

4. Together make the sign of the cross on foreheads and chests to remember baptisms, and thank God for His Spirit working in and through us today!

Points to Ponder - Do I believe Christ's Spirit is at work today? How does the Holy Spirit work today? When have I spotted His work this week… in or through myself… in or through others? Do I know my spiritual gifts? Am I using them? What practices will help me GROW in Christ's Spirit? How can my Connection Group support this process?

Suggestion - For deeper exploration and application of the Holy Spirit and His work, check Emmanuel's library for resources by Pastor David Luecke, of "GROWTH in the SPIRIT" Ministry.

READ John 9:1-41 NIV Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 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. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

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

8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” 10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. 11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” 12 “Where is this man?” they asked him. “I don’t know,” he said.

The Pharisees Investigate the Healing

13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided. 17 Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” The man replied, “He is a prophet.”

18 They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. 19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?” 20 “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.” 25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” 26 Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”

28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.

Spiritual Blindness

35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” 37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” 38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.

39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” 40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” 41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.

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