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The 3 C’s of a Healthy Church - Hurting People are in the Crowd

Mark 5:21-34 (p. 702) February 5, 2017

Introduction:

I saw this meme on my Facebook page that said, “Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

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I discovered that truth long ago…In every single crowd is someone whose marriage is shattered…In every single crowd is someone grieving the loss of someone they love…In every single crowd is someone who has been abused or is struggling with addiction…In every single crowd is someone who is hurting physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Every one of us here today has been shocked by a marriage ending that we thought was rock solid. Every one of us has experienced the pain of a friend or family member who reaches a time when they can no longer hide the battle they face with pornography, or alcohol or some other issue they have tried to hide from people.

In this crowd this morning, I promise you, there are people who are at the end of their strength, because they spent all they have emotionally to try and fix the problem on their own, searching for a miracle.

Some think they are looking for love.

Some think they are looking for money.

Some think they are looking for a new opportunity.

Some are looking for answers.

Some are looking for fulfillment.

But what they are really looking for is a miracle!

Third Day has an amazing song entitled, “I Need a Miracle”. The first verse and chorus says,

Well, late one night she started to cry and thought he ain’t coming home. She was tired of his lies, tired of the fight, but she didn’t want to see him go. She fell on her knees and said, “I haven’t prayed since I was young, but Lord above I need a miracle.”

(And then the chorus says) Well no matter who you are and no matter what you’ve done, there will come a time when you can’t make it on your own. And in your hour of desperation know you’re not the only one. Praying Lord above, I need a miracle.

There are many common denominators found in this woman in our text, and every single one of us need a miracle.

The reason that the gospel is “Good News” is that Jesus can provide that miracle. It’s why those of us who have experienced His power are compelled to share the gospel.

What is the first element in the life of someone who needs a miracle?

I. DESPERATION

In this large crowd following…In front, pressing on him is a woman who had been hemorrhaging blood for 12 years. She had seen doctor after doctor. She is suffering and she has emptied her bank account trying to get better, but instead of getting better she kept getting worse.

She is weak, she is anemic, she is pale. She has reached the end of her rope and has no energy left. You and I know she has experienced depression and is discouraged dealing with this sickness for 12 years. And not only that, because the Hebrew law considers her “unclean” she would have experienced “social isolation.”


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