Building Blocks – Part 1: Transformed

Building Blocks – Part 1: Transformed

Transformed
Building Blocks – Part 1
Dr. Jeffrey Allen Love

January 1-2, 2022

John 9:1–41

Series Memory Verse: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (p.866)

  • God Is The God Of Transformation.

1. Let God do the heavy lifting.

“‘It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,’ Jesus answered. ‘This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.’” John 9:3 (p.818)

”For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”
1 Corinthians 4:20 (p.872)

2. Concentrate on relationship.

”Some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.’” John 9:16a (p.818)

”Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith.” Romans 4:13 (p.860)

3. Be aware I have not arrived

“‘If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,’ Jesus replied. ‘But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.’” John 9:41 (p.819)

My Next Step This Week:  ______ This week I am asking God to begin or continue His transformation in my life. I will do the daily reading from the Life Transformation Bible: Transformed.


Discussion/Groups Guide
Weekend Talk of January 1-2, 2022
Building Blocks – Part 1
“Transformed”

Life Groups use this guide in their discussion from the Weekend Talk. This is also a discussion guide you can use with your family and friends.

Conversation Starters

  • What things in life do we see or experience that transform?
  • Are you the same as you were 1, 5, or 10 years ago? How so?
  • How does what you think affect what you do? Can you think of any personal examples?

Quick Review

Looking back at your Weekend Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out to you, challenged you, or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and Bible verses from the Talk Notes.

This week’s One Thing: God Is The God Of Transformation.

Series Memory Verse: Romans 12:2 (p.866)

Background:  John 9:1-41 (p.818) The historical account of Jesus healing a man born blind.

This week our discussion focuses on the following points of teaching and application:

  1. Let God do the heavy lifting. See John 9:3 (p.818); 1 Corinthians 4:20 (p.872)
    • How has God shown His power in you?
    • What does it mean to truly live “by God’s power?”
    • When have you felt like God was punishing you?
    • What areas of your life have you tried to do on your own instead of relying on God’s power?
  2.  Concentrate on relationship. See John 9:16 (p.818); Romans 4:13 (p.860)
    • Have you ever experienced a form of faith or religion that seemed to only be focused on rules and regulations?
    • What were the religious leaders of John 9 focused on?
    • What does it mean to have a “personal relationship” with Jesus?
    • Do you think it’s easier to live in obedience to God today than it would have been in Abraham’s day? What relevance does a transformed mind have on your ability to do this?
  3. Be aware I have not arrived. See John 9:41 (p.819)
    • Are you teachable? Have you ever been around someone who behaved like they knew everything and would not listen to anyone?
    • What areas of your life do you need to fully release to God’s leadership?
    • Have you experienced this in the past and then seen God transform you? How so?
    • Talk about this statement: living as a Devoted Follower of Jesus is simple, but it’s not easy.

Digging Deeper

Read John 9 again. It’s a long passage with a lot to say.

  • Identify evidence of transformation.
  • With whom do you most identify?
    • The blind man who just wanted to see?
    • The religious leaders who were focused on the rules?
    • The friends and neighbors who were standing by, watching this transformation occur?
  • What else did you pick up from this reading of John 9?

My Next Step This Week: _____ This week I am asking God to begin or continue His transformation in my life. I will do the daily reading from the Life Transformation Bible: Transformed.