Re:Verse reading–Mark 2:1-12 (day five)
5 And Jesus seeing their faith *said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Who’s faith was Jesus referring to? Some scholars say the paralytic and the ones who brought him. Others say just the ones who brought him. What both of these viewpoints have in common: the ones who brought him, had faith and also influence on paralytic man.
A few observations of these “friends”: They believed that Jesus could and would meet the paralyzed man’s needs. They used their influence to get him to come encounter Jesus. They were persistent in finding an opportunity for him to be with Jesus.
Do you have intentional friendships with lost people to grow and leverage influence for the Gospel? Do you truly believe that Jesus could and would meet their needs?
George Barna’s research continues to show 47% of people indicate that they would come to church if invited. Researchers also tell us that the Christmas Season is a time that people are more open to spiritual discussions and attending events.
Will you “make the ask” this Holiday season? Will you be persistent? Christmas at First is this Saturday and Sunday. Christmas Eve Candlelight and Lord’s Supper Service begins at 5:30.