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Jesus in a Pain-Filled World
John 9:1-7
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John 9 (NKJV™)
1 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.
2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
3 Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.
4 "I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
5 "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.
7 And He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.

New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Who Is This Jesus?

"If God is in charge and loves us, then whatever is given is subject to His control and is meant ultimately for our joy"—Elisabeth Elliot. That perspective—which is the biblical one—is far removed from the typical sentiment about pain. Most ask, "If God really loved me, how could there be evil and suffering in this world—especially for me?!"

Some people think that Jesus was a prophet or a good teacher. Some have even said that He was a shaman or an extraterrestrial being. These misconceptions were the same 2000 years ago--and Jesus is still misunderstood. This series clarifies who Jesus is by looking at both His humanity and His deity, and gives us a platform from which to answer questions about who He is.

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  1. Common Contention (vv. 1-2)

  2. Some Typical Explanations (v. 2)

    1. The “Sin” Explanation

    2. The “There-Can’t a God” Explanation

    3. The “God Wants to Help but Can’t” Explanation

  3. A Needed Clarification (vv. 3-5)

  4. A Spiritual Ob1igation (vv. 6-7)

Pondering the Principles:
  1. Can you look back on your past and see where it seemed like your were being "trapped by suffering" only to discover later on that the event benefited you in the long run?

  2. Suggested Resources: Philip Yancey, Where is God When It Hurts? Dr. Paul Brand, Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants, Jon Tal Murphee, A Loving God and a Suffering World, Warren Wiersbe, Why Us? When Bad Things Happen to God’s People, James Dobson, When God Doesn't Make Sense.

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7/1/2001
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Jesus in the Age of Confusion
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For the next few weeks, we will look together at the uniqueness of the person of Jesus. In our modern age of pluralism and blurred spiritual lines, Jesus is lost amidst the confusion. Why is believing in Jesus better than believing in Buddha, Mohammed, Moses, or the pantheon of the Hindus? Is being spiritually sincere enough? Few Christians can articulate a reason for their beliefs in such an era. Let’s change that, beginning today!
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7/8/2001
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Jesus: the Man of the Book
Matthew 5: 17-19
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What did Jesus think of the Bible? Of course, in His time the Bible was made up of only the Old Testament—the 39 documents that included the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings. This issue is all-important: How can we take Jesus seriously if we don't believe what He believed about the very foundation of truth? Five characteristics of what Jesus thought about the Bible emerge from Jesus' words in this text.
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7/15/2001
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Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up
Matthew 16: 13-16
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The great historian Will Durant in his voluminous The Story of Civilization wrote, "The synoptic gospels agree remarkably well, and form a consistent portrait of Christ. In the enthusiasm of its discoveries the Higher Criticism has applied to the New Testament tests of authenticity so severe that by them a hundred ancient worthies—e.g., Hammurabi, David, Socrates-would fade into legend." Today we look at the historical and controversial person of Christ. Who was He? Who did He claim He was? What have you done about it?
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7/22/2001
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Jesus: Foretold and Stage Center!
Galatians 4:4-6
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At the very center of the theater of history's stage stands Jesus Christ. He has no peers. The Father in heaven sent Him to be the right person at the right time for the right reason. His appearance was anticipated by prophets and wondered at by kings. His mission was to win the souls of men and women. Does He have yours? Is He center stage in your life?
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7/29/2001
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Jesus: The Matchless One, Part 1
Colossians 1:15-18
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It is a mistake to think of Jesus as another of many options, competing in the pantheon of man's multiplied pseudo deities. Rather, He is matchless! As Creator of the universe, He entered the universe that He made to bring God up close to His created ones. That leaves us with an ongoing decision—will we submit ourselves to Him, to be directed by Him alone?
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8/5/2001
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Jesus: The Matchless One, Part 2
Colossians 1:15-18
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Last week, we discovered that Jesus was far from being "one among many" in the pantheon of spiritual representations of God. He is God and is matchless as the Revealer of His Father and as the Creator of the world. As a follow-up on this, today we discover that Jesus is the one who maintains His creation. He also directs the affairs of His representatives on earth—the church. So the train of thought is this: Jesus came to reveal the Father to His creation and now He uses us to reveal Jesus to the world.
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8/19/2001
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Jesus: Alive and Well!
1 Corinthians 15:3-7
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Just as the heart is the life-pumping organ that feeds the body its life-giving blood, so the resurrection of Jesus Christ gives life to every part of the gospel truth. It is also what separates Jesus from every other "would be Messiah" and spiritual leader. It validates Jesus' teachings and credibility; it is the ultimate sign for all believers and the answer to the doubts of the unbeliever. It is the very core of our faith!
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8/26/2001
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Are You a Follower or a Fake?
Matthew 7:21-27
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For the last eight weeks, we've considered what makes Christ so unique. Today we briefly consider what makes a true Christian so unique. Not everyone who claims to be a Christian really is one! Some equate Christianity with church attendance, Bible reading and spiritually sounding words like, "Praise God! Hallelujah!" But Jesus Himself sets the record straight. What is a genuine Christian? Let’s let Jesus answer that.
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