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Trans-For-Missional (2 of 12)
Last week we talked about how the most important thing that the paralyzed man needed was not for his legs to be healed but for his sins to be forgiven.
Christ transforms us for His mission.
We are transformed first, then we are sent on a mission.
In their book Transformational Church, Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer say that, ''God delights in moving us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light - and then empowering and directing us as agents of His kingdom.''
Possible Intro: Saving Private Ryan?
This is ministry in action.
These men were bringing their friend to Jesus, it was not what they did that healed the man it was what Jesus did that healed the man. But the men played a very specific role in the man coming to Christ.
God wants you to play a very specific role in your friends coming to Christ. You can't heal them, you can't fix them, but you can take them to the One who can.
The four friends were F.A.T.
They had Faith.
Verse 20 says that ''when Jesus saw their faith,'' he healed the man on the inside then on the outside.
Jesus is very purposeful when he uses the plural...their faith. It was the faith of the five that touched Jesus. And rightly so. These men really believed that Jesus could heal their friend.
Do you have faith that Jesus is the only hope that your friends have? Like we said last week, we can't just think that they need a ''better'' life, but they need a brand new life and that only Jesus can re-create.
These four friends and the paralytic believed that Jesus could heal.
Hebrews 11:1 ''Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.''
They had a faith that put hope in Christ, a faith that believed Jesus could do something even though they had not yet seen it.
I have to be honest, I look at some people and I think, there is no way they will become ...
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