Sermon 09.16.12 - What is Faith?

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Sermon 09.16.12 - What is Faith?

  1. 1. 9 Asthey were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tellanyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 Theykept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.
  2. 2. 14 Whenthey came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them.
  3. 3. 15 Assoon as all the people saw Jesus,they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.
  4. 4. 15 Assoon as all the people saw Jesus,they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.
  5. 5. 16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. 17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech.18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at themouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. Iasked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”
  6. 6. 7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to sendthem out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.
  7. 7. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
  8. 8. 19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesusreplied, “how long shall I stay with you?How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
  9. 9. 20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolledaround, foaming at the mouth. 21 Jesus askedthe boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. 22 “Ithas often thrown him into fire or water to killhim. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
  10. 10. 23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus.
  11. 11. 23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
  12. 12. 24 Immediately the boy’s fatherexclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
  13. 13. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, likepuzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfectclarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will knoweverything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
  14. 14. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved toknow nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstrationof the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
  15. 15. 25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “Youdeaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like acorpse that many said, “He’s dead.”27 But Jesustook him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
  16. 16. 28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”
  17. 17. 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say tothis mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
  18. 18. 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say tothis mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

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