This week I heard a message about Church: What Makes Church? It was presented by Ergun Caner at SuperWow in Ft. Walton.
It was based on Mark 2:1-12. This is the story of the paralyzed man who is let down through the roof by 4 friends who want Jesus to heal Him.
Here are the 4 things that make church:
1. Jesus was in the midst. He needs to be there. That is what makes church "church": The Presence of Christ!
2. He preached the Word to them. This is in verse 2. "and He preached the Word to them." We don't know exactly what He talked about. But it was a big crowd, hanging out the door.
3. People were bringing their friends. These friends were Warriors. And there are 2 things about warriors: a) a warrior NEVER takes credit - we don't know anymore about the 4 guys except that they were great friends to have. b) a warrior never takes "No" for an answer - they didn't let a huge crowd stand in their way. (I bet they fixed the roof before they left, too!)
4. Someone will complain. I know: this isn't very uplifting. But it just goes to show that where ever Jesus is, the father of lies is hard at work. It's nothing new. But it didn't stop Jesus. He went right on doing what he was doing. And the people were amazed!!