Vintage Message: John 9:17-41

Vintage message from our 2002-2003 radio program called “Perspective” aired April 6, 2003.

Let me tell you something. I go verse by verse through the Bible. I teach that way but I still expect you to follow along in your Bible. I still expect you to challenge me if you find error in my teaching, because I’m a man and sometimes I make mistakes. Sometimes I might even misread something… It’s not about what I know. It’s about what God’s Word says… It is up to you to dig, to seek, to read, and to study; to study together with me that we could come to conclusion, not to punish those that don’t agree with us. I’ve got a lot of very good friends, those that fellowship with me all the time, that I do not always agree with in their conclusions about the Scripture, but we get together, and we butt heads, and we learn together, and those areas that we can not decide on, we still decide to love each other, not throw each other out of fellowship…

You know what? If you nothing else about our Lord Jesus Christ, if you were ever blind spiritually, emotionally, if you were lost spiritually and emotionally, and you had an encounter with Jesus, there is not much more you need to know than that Jesus came to you, and you encountered Him…

And this is the problem within the church today: “good” men and women who have spent their life going to church are only “good” by a standard set by the church, and they don’t want to hear the truth. They don’t want to hear about the power of God, they don’t want to hear about the love of God, they don’t want to hear about the forgiveness of God, because if they hear those things then they, themselves, might have to admit that for all of the good that they surround themselves with, that there might be bad inside of them that still needs to be dealt with…

One of the things I find so often, men who believe they have all of the answers, when they are confronted with the truth, they become rude and belligerent. They begin to accuse… But so often it’s not the man who is physically blind that has the problem. It is those who are spiritually blind that have the problem…

And, you know, so often this is how we respond to God. We think we’ve got it figured out, we think we have the answers, but yet we’re suffering, but we would much rather be left in our suffering than to trust God…

God has used many, many, many, many men who once had sin in their life, may still have sin in their life, but yet is godly in their approach, living by faith, trusting by faith, stepping out in faith, to believe that God can and still wants to do the miracle… Jesus knows what He’s doing, with or without a faith in a man’s life. Jesus knows what He’s doing when He calls you to step up and to teach or to be part of a person’s life. Jesus knows what He’s doing when He tells you to go out to those sinners lost in the street that you don’t want to have anything to do with. Jesus knows what He’s doing. He wants you to step out so that they can step up and have faith and have the opportunity to say, “Lord, I believe,” and then worship.

Pastor Dave Elkins