That you may know love-Part II

Review It:

Where can my needs be met? We ask this question every where we go.

One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. Luke 5:17a 

…and news about him spread through the whole countryside. Luke 4:14b

They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. Luke 5:17b

Why would they go that far? About 120 miles between the two because they would go around Samaria - 90 miles straight shot. If this is true…what we hear, then can I get my needs met?

Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat… Luke 5:18a

There is often a gap between people and Jesus. (Could be doubt, past actions, chronic needs, etc.)

Sometimes we can narrow that gap by bringing others to Jesus.

Four open doors to invite someone to church:

·       I’m new...

·       I feel unprepared...

·       I feel stuck...

·       I feel lost...

Sometimes we can narrow that gap by bringing Jesus to others.

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. Galatians 2:20 (NLT)

When I show up at the store, work, home, or any where, then Jesus is with me and I can offer him to others.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 (NIV)

Carrying my own burdens will transform me into a selfish person.

We need to carry burdens that are optional. (We decide and it is not mandatory)

Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, Luke 5:18-20a (NIV)

What does FAITH look like? What did Jesus see?

When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Luke 5:20 (NIV)

The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. Luke 5:21-25 (NIV)

You have two problems:

·       The one we can see (every one sees - anger, pain, etc.)

·       The one that is hidden. (no one knows)

Jesus wants to meet both of them!

What does faith look like?

·       It looks like a group of friends bringing another friend to Jesus!

·       It looks like effort and commitment!

·       It looks like hope!

·       It looks like I believe that Jesus can do this!

What does your faith look like? If this is true...

Discuss It:

·       In your life, how have you experienced someone being a good friend to you?

·       What are some practical examples of ways that we try to get our needs meet each day?

·       Phil mentioned that there are often gaps between Jesus and people – what are examples of what creates these gaps?

·       We can narrow the gap by bringing people to Jesus. How might you take advantage of the four open doors that Phil mentioned? When someone says:

o   I’m new...

o   I feel unprepared...

o   I feel stuck...

o   I feel lost...

·       We can narrow the gap by bring Jesus to people. What would it look like for you to carry the burdens of someone else - burdens that are optional and not mandatory for you to carry?

·       Jesus wants to meet the problems that can be seen and the problems that cannot be seen? Is there one that you need Jesus to meet in your life?

·       Read Luke 5:20, what do you think Jesus saw when he saw their faith?

·       For you, what does faith look like?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?