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Small Group Lesson:
Faith in Jesus transforms a life for eternity. The blind man in Luke 18:35-43 was transformed from a hopeless, blind beggar confined to a sitting on the road side, into a renewed, hope-filled, man who could see and followed Jesus. Likewise, all of us who are in Christ have been made new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17).  

Q: Describe your life before Christ and your life after being made new in Christ, in one word each.  

Luke 18:35-43  As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God. 

The blindman went against social norms and cried out for Jesus. He did not care what the crowd thought about him but was desperate and willing to do whatever it took to encounter Jesus.  

Q: Do you ever feel inhibited or afraid to passionately follow, worship, and obey Jesus because of society? When and how so?
Q: What do you think is needed to overcome fear of society?  

The blindman's faith was a persevering faith--he continued in faith, certain that Jesus was the Savior ("Son of David") and that Jesus could heal him. The Bible is clear that we must persevere in faith despite trials, temptations, and persecution in order to be saved. Jesus said, "And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved” (Mark 13:13).   

Colossians 1:21-23 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. 

Q: Are there any sinful habits or practices in your life that you need to repent of right now?  

The Christian life is a "fight of faith" that continues until we meet Jesus in death or if he comes first. 1 Timothy 6:12-14 "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ..." 

We will not win this fight by trusting our own efforts; we need to continue to trust in Jesus Christ. We must abide in Jesus (John 15:1-5) and stay connected to his church (Hebrew 10:25; see Next Steps 6). A vibrant relationship with God through prayer (see Step 2) and God's Word (see Next Step 3) is also vital.  

Q: How are you trusting in Christ and what are you doing to persevere in faith?  

We have confidence that by God's grace alone he will sustain our faith until the end and we will be perfect image bearers of God's own glory. Jude 1:24-25 "Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen."