Today Pastor Ed continued the sermon series, "What's Your Story?" He began by interviewing Troy and Katie Gwartney, hearing their story. Then together with him they read the story of the blind man Jesus healed in John 9.
(I liked the comment Pastor Ed made in the middle of the reading. The disciples asked Jesus, "Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" How often we over-read other people's stories.)
From this story, he made two observations that inform our stories:
1) (*Don't Miss This!*) The establishment and maintenance of key relationships depend on genuine, caring spiritual curiosity.
We're using "What's Your Story?" rather than "Share Your Story" as a theme because we want it to be a dialogue. We need to not just share our own stories but learn other people's stories.
Jesus asked more than 300 questions in Scripture. Many of those are to arouse curiosity.
Jesus asked the blind man, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" Jesus wanted to know his story.
Mark 10:46-52 tells about another blind man, Bartimaeus. Jesus asks him a question, "What do you want me to do for you?"
Think of the care and compassion Jesus offered when he asked that question.
Also ask ourselves spiritually curious questions.
We need genuine caring spiritual curiosity.
2) Spiritual curiosity does not require expertise. In fact, expertise is often unnecessary and sometimes unhelpful.
This means we can't use our lack of expertise as an excuse.
We don't learn more about God to become experts and give expert testimony. We learn more about God to fall more in love with him.
Assignment: Let's make it our goal to have five noteworthy spiritually curious conversations this week.
Don't make it about you.
Spiritually curious conversations affirm life.
Tell the results to your small group.