How to Escalate a Conflict, according to Jesus

Sermon Review and Application

This week’s sermon was on John 9. This is the passage where Jesus heals a man who was blind from birth. The plot revolves around people’s reaction to the man’s healing. And it centers on the Pharisees and their disbelief of Jesus as the messiah on the grounds that he didn’t keep their laws.

The three points from the sermon were (1) unbelief makes us blind, (2) Jesus makes us see, and (3) when we see him, we worship Him. You can listen to the sermon here.

Here are some application question to ask yourself:

  • Are you aware that even after you have become a Christian, there are still ways in which you don’t see certain aspects of spiritual truth? Are you making allowances for that by surrounding yourself with mature Christian friends who will help you see things that you don’t see?
  • What rules do you have that Jesus must keep for you to recognize him? Must he give you a certain amount of happiness? Must he give you certain freedoms? Must he give you healing? Must he keep is hands off of a certain sphere of your life, maybe your financial life, maybe your sexual life, or your life with a certain group of friends. Must he keep your from a certain amount of suffering?
  • Consider, where do you put confidence in your own spiritual sight, that is, your own ability to discern the will of God for your life and for the church?
  • What is motivating you to strive after holiness? Is because of some ways that you think holiness will advance you in this life, or is it, first and foremost, because God is holy and you love God?

Memory Verse:

Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”             John 9:39( ESV)


About mike

As a result of God's sovereign grace, Mike is--first and foremost--a Christian. He is the husband of a beautiful wife, father of five wonderful kids, and pastor of Greenbelt Baptist Church, in Maryland.
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