This sermon was based on Mark 2:1-12.
6Now 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?” 8And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts?9Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10But 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.” 12And 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!”
Knowing Identity, Purpose and Calling
- Jesus knew who he was and what he had come to do. He was clear about his identity, his purpose and his calling.
- We need to know who we are as children of God. This relationship is not dependant on our doing anything.
- We need to know our calling. We are called to preach good news to the poor, freedom to the oppressed and recovery of sight to the blind. We are called to make disciples, to heal the sick, to set the captives free and to raise the dead.
Prioritising Relationship with the Father
- Jesus prioritised relationship and time with his Father. He was fully God but also fully man and the way he related to the Father as a man is the way we need to relate to the Father.
- We need to prioritise relationship with the Father. ‘We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness.’ (Francis Chan)
- Prioritising relationship with God means; reading the Bible – its the first source of learning the character if God; Pray – spend time talking to and listening to God; Be filled with the Holy Spirit – its the Spirit that testifies we are children of God; Praise and Worship – The Lord inhabits the praises of his people.
Follow and Keep Moving
- Jesus kept moving. He didn’t settle for what he had done already but kept moving into his calling. He was doing what he saw the Father doing.
- We need to keep moving. God has not changed, he is still doing the things that he was doing in the time of Jesus and we still need to keep moving and follow him.
- ‘It is true that God may have called you to be exactly where you are. But, it is absolutely vital to grasp that he didn’t call you there so you could settle in and live your life in comfort and superficial peace.’ ‘God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.’ (Francis Chan)
- What does keeping moving look like for you right now? What does it actually mean for you to keep moving at this moment in time?