Week 21 Mark 2 1-12 Forgiven

Welcome

Watch the video clip from Invictus the movie about South African rugby team winning the rugby world cup.

In the clip President Mandela security chief comes in not happy that he has been given 4 white police officers.

  1. Discuss: Why is he so upset about his new officers?Why does President Mandela believe it is important to send a message about who guards him?

    Ans: He says reconciliation starts here; forgiveness starts here. Having just black security people will show a divided nation that it is still divided, by having 4 white police officer who work for the last president will being to show that people can work together.

    Why is forgiveness a powerful weapon in the fight against injustice?

     

    Word

    Now watch Doug’s sermon and read Mark 2:1-12

    Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man

    A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

    Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

    Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

    Discuss

    1. What struck you most in Doug’s sermon or in the reading?

    Ans: That Jesus had a home, a life before his ministry, that he was just like us in so many ways daily routine, work, eat sleep, hang out with friends, go to temple/church.

    1. What do the actions of the friends of the paralysed man show you v3-4?

    Ans: How desperate they are to get their friend to Jesus, how much they believe Jesus can help their friend.

    1. Why the teachers of the law say “He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” and what does this tell us about Jesus v5-7?

    Ans: That only God can forgive sin’s so Jesus is saying that he is God.

    1. So why does Jesus do this v8-12 and why does it matter to us?

    Ans: Jesus knows that people need forgiveness, as that is our greatest need. The man was paralysed that may look like his greatest need but the friends and himself putting their faith in Jesus not just helps him but also, he forgives his sins.  Jesus can’t prove that he can forgive sins (physically to the teacher of the law at that time) but he can prove that a paralysed man can walk. It is easier to say your sins are forgiven, but harder to say to a paralysed get up and walk, unless you have the power to heal him.  Jesus proves what is physically harder to do to show that if he can do that then he can also forgive sins which is unseen.  It matters because our greatest need is spiritual healing, forgiveness. It also matters because Jesus being able to do miracles proves who he is and that he is not a human but the son of the God.

    Welfare

    1. Why does Jesus power to forgive us still matter?

    Ans: Even though Jesus has forgiven our past, present and future sins when he died on the cross and when we put our trust in Jesus alone to save us.  Knowing that Jesus forgive us help us to come to him daily, even when we make mistakes, he welcomes us forgives us and helps us to depend upon him more and more each day to fight against temptation.

    Listen to the words for this song Forgiven by Dave Crowder

     

Prayer

Take time to thank God for his forgiveness, take time to come back and ask for forgiveness those things that you have done in thought word and deed this week.  Also take time to prayer for God to give you the strength to forgive others, as we saw at the beginning forgives is a powerful weapon to change the world.

 

Can you help me

Over the next week I would love your child to consider being part of video for church, we have not been able to meet as we normally do, many of our adults haven’t not seen your children around church, they miss hearing about what we are doing and get joy from seeing them.  I wanting to create a video with just our young people singing and using Makaton to the song “Jesus strong and Kind”. We have been using it for several weeks, I think there is something powerful about young people worshipping the God they love.  I am looking for your child to join and be part of it. They can either sing the song and will be join as a virtual choir (we will not use them by themself and if they don’t want to be on video but just their voice added that is ok. Or they can do the Makaton actions which Ranea has on the video and follow her actions.

I need this done in the next week to allow us time to edit, ideally I want about 20 people to sing slash do actions.

Instruction for doing this.

 

Recording your audio/video

Take time to learn the song and practice it. Now that you’ve practised, it’s time to record. It’s best to do a test run – check how it sounds – before committing to a final recording which follows these points:

 

  • Record somewhere quiet (soft furnishings help)
  • Record your video in a landscape, rather than portrait, orientation
  • If using a phone/tablet, use the rear camera not the ‘selfie’ cam
  • Position the recording device somewhere stable and don’t move it while recording
  • Make sure the camera is focused and you are in frame (a lovely assistant could help)
  • Listen to the track through headphones so it cannot be heard on your recording
  • Record with any light coming from in front or to the side, not directly behind you
  • Singers: look directly at the camera and don’t be too far from it

 

Recording Makaton Actions

 

  • Record somewhere quiet (soft furnishings help)
  • Record your video in a landscape, rather than portrait, orientation
  • If using a phone/tablet, use the rear camera not the ‘selfie’ cam
  • Position the recording device somewhere stable and don’t move it while recording
  • Make sure the camera is focused and you are in frame (a lovely assistant could help)
  • Play Ben and Sarah’s video and follow Ranae actions if you don’t get exactly right that is ok, we will only use the actions that are right. You don’t need to use headphones as we won’t use the audio, just your actions.
  • Record with any light coming from in front or to the side, not directly behind you
  • Look directly at the camera and don’t be too far from it and make sure we can see your action on the top as the words will be along the bottom so do actions around towards your head and shoulders.

 

To send your file to us for inclusion in the final video we need you to use WeTransfer.com. Once on the website, click the large blue ‘+’ to upload the file, then do the following before sending:

 

  • Include your full name and part (for example: John Smith – Tenor). Either put this in the message or rename your file to include these details.
  • Include your email address. This lets us know it’s coming from a trusted source and will allow us to contact you if there are any problems with the file.
  • Send the file to pbrown@knockpresbyterian.co.uk

 

Please do make sure that you submit your video by 12 am Friday 14th August

 

Thank you so much I think this will be great witness to our community.

Yours in Christ

 

Paul