Not a Fan, Part 2 – October 9, 2022
MOT – the heckler
It’s a lot easier to criticize than to contribute
Sermon Text:

Mark 2:1-12 (NIV2011) 

1 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 
2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 
3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 
4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 
6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 
7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 
8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 
9 Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 
10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 
11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 
12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

Faithful followers bring others to Jesus

A fan would say I am all for those who I have delegated this work to
Faithful followers get into the game
Example: Atheist Friend
True story

They knew Jesus was their friend’s only hope 
Application: Meeting physical needs
Example: Plane crashing

They were persistent
Application: Persistence communicates importance

They acted with urgency
Application: Life’s most dangerous assumption

Proverbs 27:1 (NIV2011)
1  Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

They each played their part

1 Corinthians 3:6-9 (NIV2011)
6  I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7  So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8  The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9  For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field,
God’s building.

Example: Touchdown

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