Saturday, November 06, 2004

Mar 2:1-13 ESV And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. (2) 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. (3) And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. (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. (5) And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." (6) Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, (7) "Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" (8) And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question these things in your hearts? (9) Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your bed and walk'? (10) But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"--he said to the paralytic-- (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!" (13) He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them.

(5) And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven."

My church is having a fall push and, being my normal self, questioned the appropriateness of all the promotional events being put on, and all the effort. What does Jesus have to do with gimmicks? Wasn't it Jesus who rebuked the crowd for following him because of the food?
A missionary from Germany came in and preached from the above text and it stood out to me the effort that these men put into getting their friend to Jesus. In verse 5 Jesus takes note of their faith. When we work to bring people under the sound of the gospel it is an act of faith on our part, because we believe that Jesus can work in their lives.
The question to ask about promotions is, what is the heart of the people behind it? Do they have a heart for getting people under the gospel or is there another motive such as building a crowd? Also, does the promotion take away from the message of the gospel?
If our motive is to see people helped by Jesus Christ and we are not putting on an event that will unduly divert attention from the gospel message, then our efforts are an act of faith in which God is pleased.

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