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Sermon Slide Deck: "I Believe! Help My Unbelief!" (Luke 9:37-45)

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Jesus’ response to the pain and suffering and unbelief of this world is to move towards it with his healing.

This message was given on June 22, 2014 at New City Church in Calgary by Pastor John Fergsuon. For more info: www.newcitychurch.ca

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Sermon Slide Deck: "I Believe! Help My Unbelief!" (Luke 9:37-45)

  1. 1. “I Believe! Help My Unbelief!” image:WillFoster Luke 9:37-45
  2. 2. God Gives Us His Words of Eternal Life Luke 9:37-45 Found on page 867 in our guest Bibles. Today’s Scripture:
  3. 3. Reality is a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there. ~ John Barth“
  4. 4. “In a sense, it [Christianity] creates, rather than solves, the problem of pain, for pain would be no problem unless, side by side with our daily experience of this painful world, we had received what we think a good assurance that Ultimate Reality is righteous and loving.” ~ CS Lewis Mere Christianity
  5. 5. How do you hope in the midst of hopelessness ?
  6. 6. “I Believe! Help My Unbelief!” image:WillFoster Luke 9:37-45
  7. 7. On the next day, when they had Luke 9:37 come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. [And when they came to the disciples, they saw…scribes arguing with them…. And he asked them, “What are you
  8. 8. …arguing about with them?”-Mark 9:14-16] Luke 9:38-39 And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It
  9. 9. …convulses him so that he foams Luke 9:40 at the mouth; and shatters him, and will hardly leave him. And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not….”
  10. 10. Jesus answered, “O faithless and Luke 9:41 twisted generation, how long am I to be with you and bear you? Bring your son here.”
  11. 11. While he was coming, the demon Luke 9:42 threw him to the ground and con- vulsed him. [And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, From childhood. And it has often
  12. 12. cast him into fire and into water, to Luke 9:42 destroy him. But if you can do any- thing, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible for the one who believes. Immedi-
  13. 13. ately, the father of the child cried Luke 9:42 out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” - Mark 9:21-24.
  14. 14. But while they were all marveling at Luke 9:43-45 everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men.” But they did not
  15. 15. understand this saying, and it was Luke 9:45 concealed from them, so that they might not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
  16. 16. [And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” - Mark 9:28-29]
  17. 17. Why do the Gospel writers record this account in their historical biographies of Jesus? Important Question
  18. 18. Jesus’ response to the pain and suffering and unbelief of this world is to move towards it with his healing. Main Idea
  19. 19. Jesus does not ask for perfect faith, but the presence of true faith. 1
  20. 20. God’s heart is to move towards us in the mess of our lives 2
  21. 21. “Christianity is the only religion whose God bears the scars of evil.” ! ~ Os Guinness
  22. 22. Nomadic Lass: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nomadic_lass/6469924423 StvnL: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stvnl/4713277639 flickr images courtesy of: Will Foster: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mazakar/2777932633/

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