Discovery Church, Discovery Prescott

Framing Your Faith – Frameology Part 4

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 “Fight the good fight of Faith” – 1 Timothy 6:12

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Faith Through The Roof
 
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man,carried by four of them. 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. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”…vs 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!” Mark 2:1-12
When Jesus saw their faith, Circle the words, “their faith.” This is one of the many stories where Jesus emphasized the power of faith. It wasn’t just the healed man who had faith but so did his four friends. When Jesus saw THEIR faith.
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That is why we need to FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH …FOR OUR FRIENDS

Friends are important to our faith. It was not only the paralyzed man who believed but his four friends also believed. The four friends had faith. Jesus saw their faith. Often our friends encourage and enlarge the faith that we have. (That is what the story of Daniel is about, the four friends who helped each other be loyal to their faith and religious practices.)

A FRAME WORK OF FRIENDSHIPS

The ship of friends in your life.

relationships, friendships, companion-ships, kindships

Just a couple of observations about this story.

1. FRIENDS CARRY MATS.

CARRY-MATS

THE MAT REPRESENTS WHAT PARALYZES US.

But, because he had four friends that were willing to pick him up and get him to Jesus everything changed for him!

That place of pain was also a place of connection and community.

That guy walked out of that house that day  with NEW LEGS and a NEW IDENTITY because of the faith of his friends.

2. FRIENDS DO THE HARD WORK.

HARD-WORK

Someone else’s miracle lies on the other side of your willingness to embrace the inconvenient and the awkward.

Sweat is the stuff that waters the seeds of really great friendships.

Sweat equity builds relational equity .

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3. FRIENDS CHANGE US.

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FIVE KINDS OF FRIENDS WE ALL NEED.

1. SHARED VALUES FRIENDS

2. UNSELFISH LOVE FRIENDS

3. DEEP LOYALTY FRIENDS

4. TRANSEPARENT FRIENDS

5. FORGIVING FRIENDS

TWO QUESTIONS:

1. WHOSE MAT ARE YOU CARRYING?

2. WHO IS CARRYING YOUR MAT?

Dying FOR someone and dying WITH someone.

Jesus did both

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13

“Fight the good fight of Faith” – 1 Timothy 6:12

Who are you fighting FOR and who are you fighting WITH?

COMMUNION IS ABOUT COMMUNITY.

COMMUNION

 

 

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