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Peter: An Apostle like You  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  47:07
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School is in Session

My dad’s teaching style.
Jesus seems to have the same method. Peter needs to learn what it takes to be a disciple. So God bring, to Peters house, a group of men who show us all, what it takes to be disciples of Jesus.
Mark 2:1–12 KJV 1900
1 And again he entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. 2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. 3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. 4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. 6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? 8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? 9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? 10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) 11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.
The actions of these men, speak throughout the ages. Their names are not known but their deeds have been preached on thousands of times.
what they did was show Peter the Level of Faith, the level of obedience, the level of Courage and the level of co-operation that is required to be a good disciple.

The Level of Faith.

That these 4 men had great faith is not up for debate. Jesus took special notice and mention of their faith.
Mark 2:5 KJV 1900
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
Let me say this clearly: Faith is absolutely vital to being a disciple.
Hebrews 11:6 KJV 1900
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
You must believe that God is, and that He is faithful to His Word.
2 Corinthians 1:20 KJV 1900
20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
What this mean is that you cannot be a good and faithful servant of almighty if you do not believe that will do what His Word says.
2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV 1900
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
Walking by sight is to believe you eyes, walking by faith is to believe God’s Word.
Faith governs our whole spiritual life - Whatever we do, we do by faith and if we have no faith, then our motivation goes with it.
We read the bible by faith - Faith that it is the very Word of God.
We Attend this church service by Faith - Faith that God reward those who diligently seek Him.
Even our Prayers are controlled by Faith.
James 1:5–7 KJV 1900
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
We must have Faith.

A Level of Obedience.

Mark 2:4 KJV 1900
4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
Obedience and Faith go hand in hand. Obedience requires Faith in itself.
Hebrews 11:8 KJV 1900
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
When Jesus preached to the crowds, they were sometimes in excess of over 5000 people. 5000 people heard, but very few actually obeyed.
Obedience is how we know our faith is real. Obedience is how we know our love for God is real. Obedience is how we know our salvation is real.
John 14:15 KJV 1900
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
1 John 2:3 KJV 1900
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
1 John 5:3 KJV 1900
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
2 John 6 KJV 1900
6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
Let me say this clearly: Obedience to Christ is going to cost you. Its going to cost you friends, Its going to cost you the respect of the world. Its going to cost you your “rights”. Its going to cost you a lucrative, but shady buisnes deal. its going to cost you.
Luke 14:28 KJV 1900
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
These 4 men counted the cost and decided it was worth it. What do you say?

A Level of Courage

a few weeks ago Justin exhorted us to be strong and very courageous.
Disciples need courage. why? Because disciples are always faced with discourage.
When you are discouraged, it means literally “dis” - Without courage. When dome one is dis-armed - its the same.
Satan wants to discourage you in the same way a thief wants to dis-arm you.
A disarmed person cannot defend them selves, and a discouraged Christian is the same.
When these men, carrying their friend came and was the crowds, you have to know that they were faced with a huge discouragement.
Things do not always turn out how we planned or how we hoped.
When this happens we can turn around and go home in defeat or like these men we can walk by faith, have courage and figure it out.
Cowardice is a sin church.
Revelation 21:8 KJV 1900
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Revelation 21:8 ESV
8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
WE are commanded to be to strong, to be brave, to have courage.
1 Corinthians 16:13 KJV 1900
13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
A special note to the men: Act like men, in a situation be convicted. Stand by your wife and support her, if she is wrong, say so and man up. Don’t be a lukewarm house leader who never stands for anything.

A Level of Cooperation

I want to see that what these 4 men did together would most likely have been impossible if they were alone. 1 man could not have carried the sick, climbed on the roof, lifted the sick, made a hole and lowered him slowly and safely down.
Disciples of Jesus know that they are just a single part of the body and they for the mission to succeed they need to whole body to work together.
1 Corinthians 12:15–21 KJV 1900
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19 And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20 But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
“Christians” who are not part of a regular local fellowship are no Christians at all. I say that because no true christians things they they don’t need the support, help and encouragement of their brothers and sisters.
My life - impossible with kim.
My Ministry Leaders.
My folks who help me wonderfully
I have silent beneficiaries who make it possible for me to live on my small salary because they pay for many of my living expenses. they recently called me and said they were going to pay for bells school fees for all of next year. Incredible.
but the point is, no not make the grave mistake of thinking that I can stand on my own without God and the grace of His church.
We cannot go alone. we need each other.
Amen.
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