Never Alone, Pastor Jonathan O’Reilly, Sept 11, 2016

Mark 2:1-7 (NIV)
And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. 2 Immediately[a] many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. 3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.4 And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.

5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”

6 And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Isolation will not only lead to loneliness, it is also a dangerous place to live.

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love.” – Mother Teresa

Greek word – “sozo”
 – saved, healed, restored

Our call as a church: to carry people back to community with God, and community with people.

John 10:11 (NIV)
 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.