Summary: The greatest need of the church is revival. Are we willing to press through the crowd and place our selves at the feet of Jesus to receive it.
¡§The Condition, the Cure, the Crowd¡¨
Pastor Billy T. Short - October 2, 2005
Exciting day for us. Prayers have been answered. We needed a Spanish ministry. God has answered that prayer by bringing New Dawning Baptist Church to merge with us. This has truly been an awesome year for our church. New staff members, new ministries began, and a new sense of purpose and direction. Yet there is something missing. I have asked several this week what the church needs. I asked our ministerial staff in our meeting, "what is the one thing that our church needs more than anything else at this time. From individuals and members of our staff the answers have varied. From remodeling the worship center, building a family life center, start small group studies, spiritual growth, etc. While all of those are good. And while some of them are in the works. We are still missing the greatest need. What is its greatest need? In this story, I believe we can find the answer to that question.
I. Consider the condition of the woman.
A. She has a terrible DISEASE. v25
We don¡¦t know for sure the cause of the disease, only that it had lasted 12 years. Some of the possibilities were internal, nose bleeds, tumor, probably a uterine or menstrual problem.
B. She is totally DESPISED.
¡§If a woman has a discharge, and the discharge from her body is blood, she shall be set apart seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening.¡¨
Leviticus 15:19 NKJV
Read passage in Lev. 15 Because of the nature of her disease, she was totally despised. She could not touch or be touched by her husband, could not bear children, socially unclean, an outcast, spiritually unclean, not allowed to enter into the temple to worship.
C. She is understandably DESPERATE. v26
She had been to every doctor in the area, no specialist could help. The Jewish Talmud gives eleven different remedies for this problem, some bordering on witchcraft or magic. There were conflicting opinions.
D. She is eventually DESTITUTE. v26
She was worn out and broke. The insurance company says she was out of network. Medicare had run out. She had reached her limit. She had suffered physically, mentally, emotionally and finacially. There was nothing left and it still wasn¡¦t fixed. Sometimes I think I need to go to medical school and become a doctor just so I can afford to pay our medical bills.
1. The woman is a picture of US. YOU AND ME, THE CHURCH
2. The disease is a picture of our SINFULNESS.
3. Our disease is evidenced by our:
a. LUKEWARMNESS toward God and the things of God.
¡§So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.¡¨
Rev. 3:16 NKJV
Our lukewarmness to God and the things of God have left the church weak anemic and repulsive to God. Please understand that the reason for the church being luke warm is the individual Christians being luke warm
b. BACKSLIDDEN condition - Isaiah 1:2-4
¡§The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways,¡¨