Summary: This was one of my favorite recent sermons, it deals with the aspect of Jesus meeting a person who is strugling with belief.

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Mark 9:14-27 A reason to believe

Eric A. Snyder, Farwell Church of Christ

September 9. 2001

Everyone walks by faith

The rationalist puts his faith in science and reason

Humanist puts his faith in humanity

Atheist puts his faith in himself

Agnostic puts his faith on hold

Evolutionist puts his faith in time and chance

Fascist puts his faith in the master race

The Setting - returning from the mount of transfiguration. The mob - pushing and shoving

The disciples - embarrassed, confused, and defensive over their inability to perform a miracle.

The boy - demon possessed (shows Satan’s real intent - hatred, hurt, murder)

Mark 9:14-29

14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.

16 are you arguing with them about?“he asked. 17 A man in the crowd answered, , 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 the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.“ 19 unbelieving generation,“Jesus replied, long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.“ 20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. 21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, long has he been like this?“childhood,“he answered. 22 has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.“ 23 “‘If you can’?“said Jesus. is possible for him who believes.“

24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!“ 25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. deaf and mute spirit,“he said, 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 a corpse that many said, ’s dead.“ 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.

1. Jesus sees the turmoil of the crowd

2. The crowd sees the possibility of a miracle

3. The father sees an opportunity for help

Even though there is an argument going on and Christians looked unimpressive, the man still went to Jesus.

People say I don’t go to church because of the people. Balogna

If you had the slightest inkling that Jesus could help you, you would realize it’s not about the people. It’s about Jesus and making your relationship right with Him.

A man lives by believing something, not by debating and arguing about many things.

Thomas Carlyle

They came to Jesus with

Who was this father. He was a man who was only there as a last resort. He had tried everything else.

1. Doubt

The Pharisees were excited about their doubt because the disciples had failed.

They thought they had it right. See we told you this guy isn’t good news and we were right

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