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Brief outline of sermon from Sunday 22/03/2009
Intro: 3 levels of faith: NO FAITH, LITTLE FAITH and GREAT FAITH. Our goal is to reach great faith. Romans 12:3 says that God has given each a measure of faith. In Luke 17:5, the apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith. Matt 9:29, Jesus says “according to your faith, be it unto you.”
If one has no faith, he gets nothing from God. If one has little faith, he receives little from God…but great faith is our aim. Great faith moves mountains and requires you to step out boldly, coz faith without works is dead.
Let’s look at the 3 levels of faith that Jesus talks about in the Bible.
1) NO FAITH. Mark 4:35-41. Trust God to deliver and protect you.
In this passage, Jesus calms the storm, and tells his disciples,”why are you so afraid? Do you still have NO FAITH?” Fear and faith do not live together. You can’t have faith in God and live in fear.
The reason they also had no faith, was because they didn’t know who Jesus was. In verse 41, being terrified said to eachother, “who is this? Even the winds and waves obey Him!” People who have no faith do not know Jesus…these people need salvation!
2) LITTLE FAITH. Matt 6:30; 16:8 and Luke 12:28.
All three scriptures above deal with daily needs. Every time Jesus mentioned “little faith” He was referring to daily needs. Basically, if all we’re worrying about in life is food and clothing and material needs, we have little faith. I want the next kind of faith, I want to move beyond this little faith I have and do great things for God.
3) GREAT FAITH. Matt 8:10; 15:28 (read both stories, of the Roman Centurion and the Canaanite woman) TRUST GOD FOR THE MIRACLE.
Jesus said of both these, the centurion and the woman, that they had great faith. Why did they have great faith? Both of these two are very similar, they both had a child who was sick and dying, and they heard about Jesus. Remember, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God – Jesus IS the Word!
The Roman Centurion, if you read the story, amazed Jesus by the fact that he knew authority, and he trusted that just at the Word of Jesus, at his command, so to speak, his son would be healed, and because of this, Jesus said he had GREAT FAITH! And so his son was healed.
The Canaanite woman, even after being called a dog, refused to get offended, desperate for her child to get healed, responded to Jesus in faith, and received her miracle. He said He was only sent to Israel, and it wasn’t right to give the children’s bread to the dogs, but she responded with, “yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their Master’s table!” She wouldn’t give up!
So where are you at? What kind of faith do you have, and d you long to have great faith, the kind of faith that changes things in this world?
Let me encourage you, whatever you are facing, trust Jesus and don’t give up, and He will reward your faith!
Great faith causes one to step out and causes God to move your mountain, so let’s pray for an increase of our faith, to actually see the power of God work in and through our lives to the lost.
I know where I live in Halls Creek, that there are many who need Jesus, they need a miracle, and they won’t get it unless there are men and women of great faith, rising up to take a hold of God and stepping out boldly, with the authority we have in Jesus’ name.
Like the Roman centurion, we need to know our authority in Christ, Peter and John in Acts 3 said to the beggar, “silver and gold I don’t have, BUT WHAT I HAVE, I GIVE YOU…IN THE NAME OF JESUS…”
We have the name of Jesus, so let’s use it, having GREAT FAITH in the power of God!