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Summary: Friends we all need to have in our lives to help us through troubling times

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Four (4) Friends of a Paralyzed Man

Mark 2:1-12

Introduction:

Let us notice some things about the man with palsy.

1. He could go to Jesus himself….palsy kept him

2. He could not follow the crowd to Jesus…palsy kept him

…what is it that keeps you from getting to where Jesus is?

I want to look at the key verse in this text (as I see it) which is verse three (3)

“and they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four (4)”

I want to take time today to look at this man’s friends. No names were mentioned, nor were praise given unto them by their friend or friends. Thanks and praise was give to Christ alone.

They didn’t stand around and tell Christ they were the one’s that brought him there. They didn’t act with pride with what they did, they, as you and I should be concerned with just getting our friends to Christ and let Him do the work that is needed…..AMEN PREACHER!

Friend Number One is….COMPASSION

This friend had seen his friend in need. Not only in need, but knew that he could help him to get better.

Not getting better by anything he himself could do, but that his Friend Jesus could do.

…Jesus was good enough for the Lame man; He is good enough for the man with Palsy

This man of Compassion is a friend we need to have.

Not to be critical of our situation.

Not to pass judgment on us for laying there.

Not to make our situation worse by harmful words, but willing to help NOW.

Not to just leave us lay there, but be concerned with our situation and get others to help

>>That’s the friend we need to be…AMEN

Psalm 86:15 says…

But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

Psalm 111:1-4 says…

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever. He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

I Peter 3:8 says…

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

Friend Number Two is….FAITH

Like Peter and John-they had nothing to give (silver or gold) to the Lame man lying at the gate, they gave what they had….JESUS

The women with the issue of blood knew what these friends knew… if we can get to JESUS, He alone can help us.

>>This kind of FAITH only works in those who believe.

…I don’t know about you, but, I want people who believe and know the power of prayer and faith praying and helping me. How about you…?

The Centurion Solider knew that all JESUS had to do was speak the word and it be done

>>The Bible says that FAITH cometh by Hearing…Romans 10:17a

I think it would be safe to say these men have either heard of the things that the Lord Jesus Christ has done or has seen them firsthand….faith cometh by hearing…

Remember what I said about FAITH only working in those that believed, it is their belief that gave them power to tear off the roof to get him to Jesus.


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