Changed in Fellowship

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Pastor Ed Craft taught this message on Sunday morning, February 10, 2019, at Christ Fellowship in Ringgold, GA. The passage was Mark 2 in which Jesus heals a paralytic, in response to the faith of the man's friends, who have torn apart the roof of Peter's house in Capernaum to lower him down to see Jesus in person.

Four friends were determined to get their paralytic friend to the Lord because if they could get him to Jesus it would change their friend's life.

So when Jesus sees the friends' faith, he says to the paralytic, "Your sins are forgiven" because the Lord always deals with the eternal priority: the Church should be a place for healing so the people will know Jesus' power to forgive sins.

The first thing Jesus does when he sees the friends' faith is to forgive the paralytic. When sins are forgiven healing takes place.

Today, in place of seeing Jesus in person, we have the Church. Christians who gather together in a church setting create an outlet for God to work called fellowship. Even if the church is small, the Lord is full of might because of fellowship.

The Church keeps you from getting cold because without fellowship people get depressed. It's important to go to church and be changed in fellowship because without it Christians are just as lonely as people who do not know Christ. A fellowship is a strengthening agent where joy can be in the midst of sadness.

People around us are important. All you have to do is be there for people, like the paralytic's friends, to create fellowship. It provides an opportunity for God to work with us.