April 2015

Friends                       Luke 5:17 – 26

·         We Need Godly Friends

  • We need a Paul
    • A Mentor – Someone to build into our lives
  • We need a Barnabas
    • An Encourager
    • Someone to Walk with us
  • We need a Timothy
    • Someone we can take under our wing and mentor
    • Someone to encourage and teach the ways of God

o    We need lostfriends

    • People who need Jesus
    • Share the Gospel
    • Lead to Jesus
    • Be the very presence of Christ in their lives
      • There are believers out there who turn away from or SHUN non-believers
        • They act like the World
        • They are Sinners
        • They don’t act, think or smell like we do
          • DUH
        • How can we even EXPECT a lost person to act like a BLOOD BOUGHT BORN AGAIN BELIEVER?
        • They need Jesus
    • We CANNOT be obedient and faith to the Word of God if we do not develop lost friends
      • We need to be very cautions that we are not changed by them (in the WORLD but not OF the WORLD)
        • We don’t want to be PULLED DOWN
        • We want to LIFT THEM UP!

§  We need TRUEfriends

    • Friends who will go above and beyond “NORMAL”
      • Hold us accountable friends
      • Tell us the truth friends
      • Sacrifice their life for you friends
      • Break through a roof for you friends
    • Friends who know they may be able to fix a roof BUT ONLY JESUS can fix their friend
  • We also need to be this kind of friends to others
    • Would you tear down the roof of your neighbor’s house if it meant you could get a friend to Jesus?
    • Today, most will not even knock on their door
  • What WON’T you do for a friends?
    • We have all heard the commercial jingle “What would you do for a Klondike Bar?”
      • What would you do for a friend – FOR FREE
    • REAL FRIENDS are hard to find
      • They should be CHERISHED

§  We need“A” Friend who is willing and able to do ABOVE and BEYOND what any man or groupof men can do!

      • Can see beyond our physical needs
      • Can see through the hurt and pain on the surface
      • Can see our true needs
        • Can heal and restore
          • Inside and out
          • Presently and eternally
        • Can leave you in AWE!   (AWESOME is overused and weakened)
        • A Friend who will always point you to His Heavenly Father
      • We NEED Jesus
        • We need to be a TRUE FRIEND to AND for Jesus

He Touched Me

LEPER     A person who suffers from a slowly progressing and incurable skin disease. In the Bible the word leprosy refers to a variety of symptoms. Biblical leprosy was most likely a severe type of psoriasis.

Leprosy is a chronic, infectious disease characterized by sores, scabs, and white shining spots beneath the skin. Modern medicine has all but eliminated the disease after learning proper methods of treatment.

In Biblical times they recognized that Leprosy can only be cured by a Miracle.  There was no medical/human cure

Luke 5:12-16  “While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”  And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”  But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities.  But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”  ESV

  • A INFECTED MAN had no hope for healing
    1. He was FULL of leprosy
      1. Not just infected by it – FULL
        1. He had been stricken with this disease for a long time
  • An INFECTED MAN saw one glimmer of HOPE
    1. Jesus Christ
    2. He went to Jesus and collapsed before Him
      1. LORD
        1. Recognized that He was God
      2. If You Will
        1. NOT – if you can
        2. He knew and believed He could
  • You can make me clean
    1. HEAL ME
    2. Remove the pain
    3. Remove the disease
    4. Remove it INSIDE and OUT
  • Jesus saw the INFECTED MANs pain and his faith
    1. Jesus HEALED the INFECTED MAN
    2. He was not the same anymore
    3. The sores, the scabs, the spots, the pain were GONE
  • All at the TOUCH of the Creator’s Hand
    1. His heavy burden was removed
      1. The shackles GONE
  • Science and Medicine have figured out leprosy in our day and it is very rare now – and usually curable.
    • A disease that only a MIRACLE CAN CURE
    • The disease is called SIN
      • AND IT HURTS
      • There is no human cure
      • No doctor can cure sin
      • No preacher or priest can cure sin
      • Only JESUS CHRIST can cure sin
        • RUN TO HIM
        • PRESS IN ON HIM
        • BELIEVE IN HIM
        • Ask Him to HEAL YOU
      • Romans 3:22-25a “We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.”
      • I can bet this HEALED man was NEVER THE SAME AGAIN

The Incredible High Cost of Following Jesus           Luke 5:1 – 11

    • The men were just going about their normal work day
      • They were not anticipating anything different on this day than any other
      • Except maybe a little better catch
    • Then Jesus shows up and starts messing with their plans
      • Who is this guy?
      • Why should I shove my boat back into the water
      • I want to go home
        • Not back out into the water
      • And now He is just gonna talk?
        • And I am trapped here?
        • I WANNA GO HOME!
      • The cost of doing the IMPRACTICABLE if not IMPOSSIBLE
        • Now, He wants me to go out further
        • AND drop the nets I just got through cleaning back into the water
          • What, to catch more sea weed?
          • Like there is going to be more fish now?
        • The cost of BROKENESS
          • He is right
          • Look at what HE said
            • His words had such power and authority
            • He speaks so simply and honestly
            • He speaks to me
          • Look at what HE has done
            • Look at the FISH
            • Where did they come from
          • “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
          • I am not worthy
        • The Cost of INDEPENDENCE
          • These were rough and tough hard working fishermen;
            • not given to foolishness or change
          • They were strong independent men
          • But now they were being challenged to leave ALL THEY HAD COME TOKNOW AND DEPEND
          • To follow some guy they just me?
        • The cost of EVERYTHING
          • They left their business
          • They left their equipment
          • They left their fishing buddies, friends and family
          • They left EVERYTHING
          • And FOLLOWED HIM
        • The Incredible High Cost of Following Jesus
          • Yes, as the world views life it can cost you much to follow Jesus
          • In a temporary view these men paid a very high price
        • It is possible to gain every fleshly/human desire and be rich with Gold, property, vehicles and lollipops
          • But there is a terrible price associated with only striving for personal gain
        • Mark 8:34-38 “And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.  For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?  For what can a man give in return for his life?  For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”  ESV
          • Eternal FAITH
          • Eternal HOPE
          • Eternal LOVE
          • Eternal LIFE
          • Eternal DEATH
          • The reality that the Lord God Almighty, who created you and loves you, IS ASHAMED OF YOU

There is a price to pay for following Jesus that MUST be counted!

BUT, there is a MUCH higher cost of NOT FOLLOWING Jesus Christ

They were rewarded with a great catch / great salvation / great mission