Sermon on Sunday, March 17, 2013 by Pastor Thomas Tate
MATTER DON’T MATTER
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- Parabolani – The Reckless Ones (the gamblers)
The members of a brotherhood who in the Early Church voluntarily undertook the care of the sick and the burial of the dead. They received their name from the fact that they risked their lives in exposing themselves to contagious diseases.
REACHES OUT TO THE OTHER SIDE
- On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side…”
- When He got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him, and he had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain; because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue him.
REACHES BACK TO THE OTHER SIDE
- They came to Jesus and observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the “legion”; and they became frightened…As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him. And He did not let him, but He said to him, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.” And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.
REACHES OUT TO THE UNCLEAN
- When Jesus had crossed over again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him; and so He stayed by the seashore…A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse— after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. For she thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.”
- Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction…But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.”
- While He was still speaking, they came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?” But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe…” Taking the child by the hand, He said to her, “Talitha kum!” (which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astounded.
- When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him. And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
– (Jesus also healed 10 lepers-only 1 who was thankful)
PUTS PEOPLE OVER RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS
- He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered. They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” And He said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?” But they kept silent. After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately began conspiring with the Herodians against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.
REACHES OUT TO THE UN-CHURCHED (SINNERS)
- When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly. When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner…(Zaccheus gets saved) “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
- There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink…”
- He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”
- “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He….”
- From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.”
- It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.
- But He said to him, “A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now…’
- “And the slave said, ‘Master, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ “And the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.
REACHES OUT TO THE UN-CHURCHED (SINNERS) AT ALL COST
- “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
Sermon-based Bible Study Questions
1. What do you think about the parabolani (the reckless ones) and how they ministered to the outcast?
2. Our lives are often divided into the “Us” and “Them’s”, the “Right” and the “Wrong”, how have you seen that in your life? How do Christians and churches often do this?
3. Who did Jesus come to earth for, the religious “good” people or the non-religious sinners? Read Luke 15:1-7
4. In Jesus day it was unclean to touch someone who was bleeding, dead, a leper and so on. Many of these rules where there to protect people from getting sick from the sick. How did Jesus love recklessly when he broke these religious rules? Talk about the some of the people listed in the sermon that the religious would of never reached out to because of their “devotion” to “the law (rules)” and God?
5. How is the church today like the Pharisee’s? Example, many churches tell us to stay separate from the worldly.
6. What do you think of the quote, “People that were nothing like Jesus, liked Jesus”? What does this mean and why is it true? How does it apply today?
7. Read Luke 14:16-23. How will you apply this message and reach out to others that are outside your “box” so that heaven will be filled?