Summary: A group of friends took the roof off to bring someone in need to Jesus. Lets be a church that takes the roof off to bring others to Christ.
LET’S BE A CHURCH THAT TAKES THE ROOF OFF
What is the greatest danger our church faces today?
Heresy? No Financial collapse? Sure times are tough but no
Conflict? We are full of human beings but not that either
Greatest threat losing our vision retreating from God’s dangerous call
Large percent of churches in USA have done that began with dream
Compelling gave all had success\growth from nothing to something
But then got tired, carrying a cross does that wonder if best in past
Or comfortable we have a new pastor all taken care of
Why I challenged you to pray for God’s dreams for Viewmont
To seek the new call God has for us Isa 43 God says
I am doing a new thing, God is always doing new things
Let’s be a church that takes the roof off!
Mark 2 what in the world got in to those guys?
Jesus is speaking from a home in Capernaum
Large overflow crowd gathered to hear him speak
I mean it was a preacher’s dream overflow crowd
People in doorways & windows no one else can fit in
When 4 people approach carrying paralyzed friend no way to get in
Then one of them gets this crazy idea roofs then made of
poles 3 ft apart, between them smaller sticks and seeds
which formed a network covered with mud hardened in sun
Roofs grass growing on them in summer had to be fixed after rain
Not to be deterred these 4 friends tore the roof off house
Imagine what would happen at house renting if I put hole in roof
Bible does not say so but you can just imagine Jesus speaking
When mud\grass falling commotion lowered friend to Jesus’ feet
Don’t know about you, but I want to be like those guys
Doing the unbelievable the impossible
What does it mean to be a church that takes roof off?
1. People of Compassion
Here’s man needed help crippled no social programs or hospital
If you were handicapped as he was little hope only life of begging
Acts 5 Peter passes man outside the city begging
Notice Mark does not mention any family bringing him
Where were they? Maybe they had given up
Enter 4 friends no question how these man feel about their friend
They decided to do something moved with compassion for man
Someone once said if you share another’s burden
Both of you walk a little straighter
They knew about their friend’s illness knew he’d not get well on own
Story is about a group of people who saw friend in need
They realized there was no hope of healing outside of Jesus
Taking the roof off in our faith begins
As we see needs in world around us
People unemployed, single moms buffeted by life
Young people with too much time on hands
Are their people like that around us?
Note when man is lowered before him
Jesus did not say what have you done?
You have to pay for this!
2. People of Conviction
They firmly believed Jesus could help their friend in need
They had no other choice no other resource had to get to Jesus
NT days people saw close relationship between sin and sickness
We can get sick from our own sin
Dr. told me 75% of patients he sees sick by own hands