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Oct 11, 2015

“This Is My Story - Part I"

John 9:1-41


As a follower of Christ you have a ______________ to tell.


Every story has a _______________ theme. (John 9:1-2)

  • We are all ____________ people in need of a _________________.
    • The blind man was born blind.
      • We are born __________________ blind.
    • The blind man was a beggar and in great need.
      • We are ____________ and in great ____________ of that which we cannot give ourselves.
    • The blind man was separated and ostracized because of his blindness.
      • We are ___________________ from God because of sin.


Your story is ultimately ____________ story.  (John 9:3)

  • It’s a story about how God is ________________ by ________________ a life that is _______________ by ________.
    • It’s a story that is ____________________.
    • It’s a story ______________ telling.


The Story of God in You . . .


A radically _______________ life brings God the greatest ____________.


  • God wants to use your story to make much of ______________.


A radically changed life raises ________________ by a watching world and offers __________________ to share the story.  (vv. 8-12)


“Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?”  John 9:8

“What do you say about Him (Jesus) since He has opened your eyes?” John 9:17

“Is this your son, who you say was born blind?  How then does he now see?”  John 9:19

“What did He (Jesus) do to you?  How did He open your eyes?”  John 9:26


There is no rational _________________ for a radically ________________ life in Christ. (vv.13-34)


  • What Jesus Christ does in the life of an individual might be _______________ but it cannot be _________________.


The point of our story as Christ-followers is . . .

  • I was __________, but Jesus Christ has given me __________.
  • I was lost, but Jesus Christ found me.
  • I was ___________, but Jesus Christ has made me _____________.
  • I was hopeless, but Jesus Christ has given me hope.
  • I was broken, but Jesus Christ has healed me.
  • I was _____________, but Jesus Christ has ___________________ me.
  • I was held captive, but Jesus Christ has set me ______________.


Questions for Discussion . . .


  1. What is your story?
  2. Take 5 minutes and share your story with your small group. You can use this as a guide:  Your life before Christ, How you recognized your need for Christ, Your life now that you know Christ.
  3. Is the witness of Christ so compelling in your life that others want to know your story?
  4. Are you willing to share your story even though you may be cast out?
  5. What are some things that may be keeping you from sharing your story?