Courage to Care: Engaging in Relationships that Matter

Series: Courage to Care

Sunday, November 4, 2018 | By Gary Holmes

Courage to Care: Engaging in Relationships that Matter

Courage and caring communicate what discipleship is all about, as vividly illustrated in this story recorded in the fifth chapter of Luke.The persistent measures that these friends take to care for a friend in need are met with the reply from Jesus, “YOUR faith has made this paralytic whole.” It is through the giving of ourselves that healing is made available, not only in our Church, but in the Church’s mission around the world.

We begin this series, “Courage to Care” with the challenge to engage in a life of faith that is willing to see the needs and act with courage to make a difference. A difference that comes through an encounter with Christ. Who was healed in the story from Luke? ...the paralytic? ...the stretcher bearers? ...even the crowd of observers? When we find the courage to care, we open ourselves to the power of God’s Spirit to work among us.

Gary Holmes


Associated Scripture Passage(s):

Luke 5:18-26, 1 John 3:17-18

Luke 5:18-26

18And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. 19And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. 20And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. 21And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? 22But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? 23Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? 24But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. 25And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 26And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day. (KJV)

1 John 3:17-18

17But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. (KJV)

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