Authority Over Sickness and Sin

In this sermon we see further examples of Jesus’ primary message: ‘The Kingdom of God is coming!’

Here we are shown that Jesus claims authority not only over sickness but his authority to forgive sins.

This authority has a polarising effect: it will either attract or repel (as all forms of authority do). We see the healed man and his friends aware of Jesus’ authority – and they go straight to him for help and restoration.

Yet we also see the response of the religious scholars. They are unsettled by Jesus’ claims about himself. He represents too much of a challenge to their belief systems and way of life.

We take time to think about how to respond to Jesus today as well as consider whether miraculous healings are available for us in the contemporary church.

Main text

Mark 2:1-12


David Varney, pastor Foundation Church Belfast.

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How to Pray Powerful Prayers – from the Real Religion series.

Evangelism – from the 9 Marks of a Healthy Church series.