Pursuing God’s Will Together

Pursuing God’s Will Together

May 2018 

In John, Chapter 9 we have a very detailed story about Jesus healing a man born blind.  The Gospel According to John, of course, is quite different from the other three gospels and is often known as the “spiritual gospel.”  The healing stories are signs to lead us deeper into the truth of who Jesus is.  We should look for ourselves and our “blindness” in all of the characters of the story.  (The best clue to this is in John 9:40-41, when the Pharisees ask, “Surely we are not blind, are we?”) 

Read John 9:1-41   please read this three or four times before our May meeting, with the following questions in mind!

Personal Reflection: As you reflect on John 9, ask God to show you where in the story you are. Are you most like the disciples, the Pharisees, the neighbors, the parents or some combination? How does this manifest itself in your own personal discernment and in your leadership discernment? As you become aware of the obstacles that prevent you from seeing the works of God and joining God in his work, confess this to God. Listen for how God might be inviting you to move beyond your own obstacles to seeing—both personally and in your discernment with others in community.

Barton, Ruth Haley. Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups, p. 30

Read Chapter 1, Learning to See, in Pursuing God’s Will Together.

What do you think of this statement? “The most important step a group of leaders can take in becoming a community for discernment is to make sure that each individual is on the journey from spiritual blindness to spiritual sight.”  (p. 30)

Who do you most identify with in the story of the man born blind who was healed by Jesus (John 9:1-41)?  disciples, neighbors, Pharisees, parents?

Barton introduces the term “false self” without explanation (p. 32).  What do you think she means?  Have you encountered this term anywhere else?

Event Details

May 24, 2018

6:30 pm