Saturday, June 9, 2018

I'VE FALLEN AND I CAN'T GET UP


Sermon pericope: Mark 2:1-4,11-12 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. 11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

Sermon title: “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”  

Point 1: Get around people that will carry you to your destiny, not pall-bearers

A. Mark 2:3 “And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.”

·         In life you need people that are going to carry to your destiny, not your grave.
·         God sent Aaron to help Moses speak because Moses couldn’t speak well. (Ex. 4:16) He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him.
·         Where Moses had a weakness, God sent strength.
A.    Pall-bearers take you to the grave, not to Jesus.
·         They don’t believe in your potential.
·         They don’t want to see you win.


Point 2: They’re going to remove the obstacle

B. Mark 2:4 “And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay”

·         Problem Vs. solution
·         We need to get around people whose motivation for helping us is to get us next to Jesus.
·         Palestinian homes
·         The men were determined to get the man to see Jesus
·         Different men and women can help you.

Point 3: Walk in your victory

Mark 2:11-12 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

A.    Jesus has a habit of speaking words of life and things changing as a result.
1.)     Mark 4:39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
2.)    Mark 5:34 “And he said to her,Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
3.)    Matthew 8:16 “That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.”
B.     God’s going to do things immediately in your life.
·         John 6:21 “Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.”  
D. After Jesus blesses you, its going to bless other people.

Life application:

1.)    Assess your relationships. (Weed out the bad)
2.)    Do whatever it takes to get closer to Jesus.
3.)    Celebrate your victory

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Open Doors


Pericope:  Acts 3:1-10
Sermon Text: Acts 3: 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”
Sermon Title: Open Doors
Point 1: Looked straight at him.  The first thing Peter and John did was look at the crippled man.  Vs 4 ...and Peter directed his gaze [look] at him as did John…
Point 2:  Look at us so we can level the playing field. Vs 4 …look at us…
Point 3:  Give them our Lord. Vs 6 …I have no silver and gold, but what I have I give to you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk…
Peter and John responded to the man's request for money with someone far more valuable. But before we discuss that look at the expectation of the crippled man at the door.
Vs 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.
Point 4: Lend a helping hand  Vs 7 ...and he took him by the right hand and helped him up…
Vs 7 And immediately his feet and ankles were made whole.
Transition:  Notice what happens after all of that takes place.
Point 5: Leaps for Joy Vs 8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
Vs 9 ...and all the people saw him walking and praising GodRecognized him as the one who sat at the door Beautiful Gate…
Point 6: Leave the sanctuary. Vs 11 - While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon's.
Life Application:
1.  Look for people at the door
2.  Share your story and Jesus
3.    Take LifeChanger cards and give them out this week

I'VE FALLEN AND I CAN'T GET UP

Sermon pericope: Mark 2:1-4,11-12 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.  2  And many we...