Jesus tells his disciples to love one another and in Acts 2 we see that the early church is devoted to being with and helping each other. Why is it that in our world today, we often miss the mark with this? Why do we constantly hear people saying that they don’t have any meaningful connections with their faith community?
In this concluding message of our Craving Connection series, Pastor Josh Mutter encourages us to support one another through community, commitment and vulnerability. To remind us of our connection through and because of Christ, we shared communion together.
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Message by Joshua Mutter – May 31, 2020
WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER
Luke 10:25-37 NIV
One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
BEING IN THIS TOGETHER MEANS …
1. We need to know one another
2. We need to be committed to one another
3. We need to be vulnerable with one another