How many of you have ever been fishing?

  1. I can remember fishing in the little creek in front of our house as a boy.  Little pole.
  2. Little hook.  Little bait.  Little fish.

As an adult, I use to go to Pickwick Dam and fish with one of my salesmen.

  1. We’d put the boat in below the dam and fish at night after getting off work.

Other times we would fish at Pam’s aunt’s on Old Hickory Lake.

  1. Used a bigger pole.  Bigger hook.  Bigger bait.

Fishing takes patience.  Skill.  Knowledge.

  1. Fishing requires using different bait depending on what kind of fish you are trying to catch.
  2. Fishing requires using different equipment depending on where you are fishing.

Last week we looked at part of Mark 1.  In the middle of the chapter Jesus called some of His disciples.  This is what He said:  Mark 1:17 “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

What do you think it means to be a fisher of men?

Mark does not leave us wondering what he thought.

Here is the story from God’s Word.

Scripture:  READ Mark 2:1-12

What do we learn about Jesus in this story?

  • What do you think Jesus thought when stuff starting falling on His head?
  • What about the owner of the house? (Peter?)
  • What does this story teach us about Jesus?  (He responds to our faith)

What is Jesus teaching His disciples?

  1. What is Jesus teaching you personally?
  2. How can you disciple people as Jesus did in this story?  How can you help people be more like Jesus?
  3. Who are you in the story (would your sins be forgiven?

What does God require of us to forgive our sins?

NOTICE:  Jesus first called His followers ‘fishers of men’.  He did not call them disciples or apostles or church members.  Jesus wanted to emphasize the importance of soul winning.

Q: What do you think would be the most difficult thing about being paralyzed?

  • There are many ways to be paralyzed. (Physically, spiritually, fear – and God can see them all)
  • Physically paralyzed was not this man’s greatest problem. Jesus dealt with the big problem first – the man’s sin.
  • Scripture says, how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? (Romans 10:14)
  • Which is easier:  to forgive or to care for a sick person?

People come to Jesus in different ways. Where did you come to Jesus? (SS, VBS, parent, friend, family member)

How many men were involved in bringing this man to Jesus? (at least 4, indicates more. See v3)

  • Sometimes it takes a team effort to bring a friend to Jesus.
  • Why at least 4?

When the men got to the house, what kind of problem did they encounter?  (Who was the house full of?)   (Church folks)

What connection is there between a person’s faith and God working in his or her life?

Jesus asked the question:  9  Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’?

  • How would you answer that question? (forgiven)
  • Who do you know that needs help to come to Jesus?

Many people will never come to Jesus unless you help them.

  • Our job is to bring them.  It is Jesus’ job to clean them.

The men came to Jesus carrying their friend.  Not an easy job.  How do you think they left?

Jesus is willing to forgive any sin no matter how terrible the sin. When a man’s sins are forgiven, it should dramatically affect both him and the people that know him.

What specific steps can you take this week to show your faith in Jesus?

Proverbs 11:30 says he who wins souls is wise.

Paul wrote in I Corinthians 9:22 I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.

The greatest thing you can do for a friend is introduce them to Jesus.

Near the end of our discussion, the question was asked:  What if Jesus does not heal?  We will look at that question in the next two lessons.

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