Pastor John’s second sermon on John 9 has been posted, The Works of God and the Worship of Jesus.
It is rich!
I nearly laughed out loud with delight when he made the connection between Nicodemus and the man-born-blind’s parents – what a wonderful, surprising, helpful insight (yes, that is an intentional teaser to encourage you to listen to it!).
Pastor John also pointed out the newly-sighted man’s courage in the face of questions and suspicion. It is remarkable how this man responded!
It is particularly remarkable because he would not have been educated to develop skills of argumentation and logic. Yet it appears he not only understood where arguments were going but how to respond for greatest impact. The man has gifts to go along with his boldness!
It is a reminder to me that access to church is not our end goal for our disability ministry. Access is a good thing, of course! But it also includes preparing people to use the gifts God has given them to proclaim his name throughout the world. All people, those who live with blindness or mobility issues or behavioral disorders or severe cognitive impairment or whatever else God has purposed for his glory and for our good.