After the leader has welcomed everyone to the meeting, explain that you will be using the "video off" mode for this ice breaker. Everyone should be instructed to turn off their video camera and unmute themselves. The leader should explain the game after all cameras are turned off. Then the leader will select a member of the group as the first subject. All members of the group will guess the selected person’s eye color and if they were wearing glasses or contacts at the start of the meeting. After they state their guesses, the selected person will turn on their camera and reveal their eye color, glassware, etc. Their camera will remain on for the rest of the game. Continue to do this with each member of your group until all members have their cameras turned on. If the size of your group is too large to have all members participate, choose 5-6 members to participate. Perhaps have only the women or men participate or one person from each household. Of course, other questions can be added as you see fit.
Before the meeting begins, the leader should gather 15-20 small items (glasses, ball, spoon, cup, screwdriver, hand sanitizer, etc) and put them on a tray. Cover the tray with a towel. During the opening time of the meeting, tell the members you will uncover the tray for 7-10 seconds for them to see the items. Then instruct the members to use a pen and paper to write down as many items as they remember seeing. (The leader can determine the length of showing the items. A shorter time makes it more challenging and fun.)
1. Read Luke 18:35-39. The blind man called Jesus "Son of David." Why is this significant? See Jeremiah 23:5-6.
(Intent: Compare also the Messianic passage in 2 Samuel 7:12-13. "Son of David” is a Messianic title used in the New Testament that relates directly to many Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah’s lineage. Use of this title expressed the man's faith in Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God. See Matthew 1:1-17, particularly vv. 6, 16-17 for Jesus’ lineage, from Abraham through David to Joseph and Jesus Himself.)
2. The blind man asked Jesus to "have mercy" on him. A. What does this indicate about the man's view of himself? B. Considering Christ's apparent approval of this view, what does this tell us about ourselves?
(Intent: A. Recognizing his need for mercy indicates humility. Spiritual eyes that “see” Jesus have the ultimate truth opened up to them. When we truly see Christ, we are humbled. See Isaiah 6:1-5: “Woe is me, for I am undone.” B. We too must be humble and have spiritual eyes to see Jesus, not only at the time of our salvation from sin, but continuing day to day.)
3. Read Luke 18:40-41. Why do you think Jesus asked the man what he wanted Jesus to do for him?
(Intent: As indicated through many stories in the NT, Jesus already knew the answer to His question. Some possible reasons for His question are that Jesus wanted the man to articulate his faith, and to confirm to all that he indeed wanted to be healed, which may not be the case with everyone.)
4. Read Luke 18:42-43. Jesus said the blind man’s faith had healed him. A. What was the nature of that faith? See verse 41b. B. Is there such a thing as faith without an object, i.e., faith that is not in some particular thing?
(Intent: A. In calling Jesus “Lord” and “Son of David,” he indicated faith in Jesus as the prophesied Messiah who had the power to heal him. The man overcame opposition to pursue Jesus. Physically blind but spiritually “seeing,” the man understood his need, knew who could meet it, and understood the character of God as caring and loving. B. Some responses might be: No, faith is always attached to an object, something that is already a part of one’s belief system. It might be in Jesus, a Hindu idol, a 401K account, the government’s ability to meet needs, or a person we are dependent upon. Some may answer “yes,” one can have faith in something vague like fate; but even intangibles like fate or a feeling are objects that are real to the one who believes them. Faith is only as effective as its object. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see,” Hebrews 11:1 NET. Because of His reality and power, Christ alone can truly deliver on the promise that faith offers. All other objects of faith will ultimately fall short.)
5. A. What happened as a result of the blind man’s healing? B. When have you expressed praise to God for something He's done for you?
(Intent: A. The man and the people glorified and praised God. It was a tangible witness to the crowd.)
6. A. What are some aspects of the blind man’s faith that you can relate to? B. What do you think the blind man’s calling was?
(Intent: A. Some aspects that people may identify with: He was desperate, he had already made a decision that Jesus was the prophesied Messiah based upon faith, and he did not let anything stop him from pursuing Jesus. B. Although we do not know anything of him apart from this scene, Mark 10:46-52, and perhaps Matt. 20:29-34, we do know that God had prepared him to be a witness to the Messiah, Jesus. This resulted in glory to God expressed by him, and praise to God from the people.)
Desperate faith is expressed in action. Is there something that you are desperate for? Perhaps a friend or relative who has not “seen” Jesus? Perhaps an illness or a relational issue? Seek Jesus today, who alone knows our future and our calling, and act in biblical faith upon what he may show you.
Ask the Lord to give you “eyes to see” Jesus clearly, as He is and as He wants to be in your life. Ask Him to help you to see yourself honestly and with humility. Ask Him to show you your calling in the current circumstances of your life. Praise and thank Him for your own deliverance from difficult times or situations.