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Front Line Christians

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Sermon shared by David Yarbrough

July 2001
Summary: We have made Christianity into a spectator sport. We just sit back in church and listen to the music, and the sermons and never really get involved in the game. We need some Christians today to get off the sidelines and get on the front lines.
Tags: Unity (add tag)
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: Believer adults
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things He couldíve done He chose to PREACH THE WORD. Today people are advising preachers that if they want to have large crowds, love offerings, and churches they must not preach on hell, sin, and self-sacrifice. Jesus preached more about hell than He did about heaven. He also preached that itís better to pluck out your eye, or cut off your hand than to indulge into sin.

If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,
(Mark 9:43;47)

And anytime Jesus talked about discipleship he preached of self-sacrifice.

Mark 2:3-4 Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. 4Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.

CARRIED BY FOUR OF THEMÖ. They worked in unity. If they wouldíve all picked up their friend and went in separate directions they wouldíve gotten nowhere. Many churches and Christians are stagnate today because of disunity among believers. Jesus prayed for us that we would be united in our mission for God.

That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: John 17:20-23


SINCE THEY COULD NOT GET HIM TO JESUSÖ. Which is better, to have a church full of people, or a church full of God? There are many mega churches today that are filled with thousands of people that are going through the motions just getting lost in the crowds. Naturally we would prefer to have a church full of both people and God. As a church body we must be focused on lifting up Jesus not only to the lost world but to the body of Christ.

32But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." . John 12:32

BECAUSE OF THE CROWED Ė They were too self-absorbed to move over and let the men carrying their friend through to Jesus. All they were focused on was what they could get out of it for themselves. Sometimes we do similar things in the church today. Many churches today wonít let people through their legalistic views of religion to see Jesus. They are too busy laying out a list of does and donít for people to abide by all the while neglecting the gospel.

Their urgency: THEY MADE AN OPENING IN THE ROOF. When I read this it makes me wonder why they didnít just wait until Jesus finished preaching and the crowd went home to approach Jesus. Maybe this isnít their first attempt to get their friend to Jesus. Itís possible that they had tried before and chose to wait, but the crowds didnít fade.

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