From Faith to Faith
Sermon shared by Bruce Howell
Summary: How to move from mustard seed faith to great faith.
Audience: Believer adults
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From Faith to Faith
“For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."
ALL OF US KNOW SOMETHING OF THE VALUE OF FAITH. For example, we know what the Bible says concerning it.
Hebrews 11:6: “Without faith it is impossible to please God
Mark 11:22: “Have faith in God.”
Mark 9:23: “All things are possible to him that believes.”
Hebrews 11:1: “Faith gives substance to our hopes and makes us certain of realities we do not see.”
And then, of course, there are the many epigrams that abound today regarding faith:
“Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible.”
“A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; a great faith will bring heaven to your soul.”
“Faith, like muscle, grows strong with exercise.”
Faith is the outstretched hand of the soul taking what Christ offers.”
Most of us do not question the value of faith. It is the acquisition of faith that we struggle with. Have you ever longed to have more faith but didn’t know how to get it?
Have you ever wanted to live by faith, like those we read about in Hebrews 11? Have you ever said to yourself, “I wish I had more faith because I know that I would be a better person.” Well, right in our text is the key to opening the door to a greater faith. Let’s look at the phrase in verse 17: “faith to faith.”
The first faith speaks of that which is primary (saving faith); the second faith is power-giving (fruitfulness).
We build on the first faith (it is foundational); the second one identifies us.
The first faith is all about assurance; the second tells us what we can become.
The first faith deals with redemption; the second deals with risk.
The first faith is a gift; the second is all about growth.
HOW TO HAVE A MORE POWERFUL FAITH
1. Believe that your faith can grow!
Examples: learning to swim, learning how to ride a bike, learning how to skate. They all started with the belief that we could do it.
Remember when Jesus was in the boat and a great storm arose and the disciples woke Him because they were afraid? He looked at them and said, “O ye of little faith.” Remember the lady whose daughter was possessed and she came and asked Jesus to touch her? As she continually persisted, Jesus finally looked at her and said, “Your faith is great!” Remember when Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica? He said he was thankful because their faith was greatly enlarged.”
Did you see the progression? Little—Great—Greatly Enlarged! If our faith is to expand, we must believe that it can!
A second way to have a powerful faith is to…
2. Associate with others who have great faith.
Rom. 1:12: “That I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.”
I Thess. 3:2: “…and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith.”
Often good circumstances and bad friends equal problems. On the other hand, bad circumstances and good friends equal victory! People we associate with are like elevator buttons—they can take you up or down!
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