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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Do you have faith in the taxi? Put faith in GOD alone. II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To prove that faith in GOD accomplishes impossible results. IV. TEXT: Mark 11:22-24 (New Living Translation, Second

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you have faith in the taxi? Put faith in GOD alone.

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To prove that faith in GOD accomplishes impossible results.

IV. TEXT:

Mark 11:22-24 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.

I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.

I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

V. THESIS:

Believe first and then you'll see what you prayed for.

VI. TITLE:

Faith in GOD

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: John Mark

B. Audience: Jews

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Put faith in GOD

1. Faith came from Greek: pistis meaning moral conviction, reliance upon CHRIST for salvation, assurance, belief, believe, abstractly constancy in such profession.

a. Types of Faith:

(1) Great faith understands concept of authority (Matthew 8:10, Matthew 15:28)

Matthew 8:10 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!

Matthew 15:28 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

“Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.

(2) Visible faith gets rewarded: forgiveness of sin (Matthew 9:2)

Matthew 9:2 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.”

(3) Mustard seed faith. Even tiny faith can accomplish mountain of task. (Matthew 17:20, Luke 17:6)

Matthew 17:20 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

Luke 17:6 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you!

(4) Misplaced faith. All faith should be directed to GOD (JESUS CHRIST) (Luke 8:25)

Luke 8:25 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”

(5) Saving and Healing faith (Luke 18:42)

Luke 18:42 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.”

(6) Full of faith (Acts 6:5)

Acts 6:5 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Everyone liked this idea, and they chose the following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch (an earlier convert to the Jewish faith).

(7) Faith as a door (Acts 14:27)

Acts 14:27 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Upon arriving in Antioch, they called the church together and reported everything God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles, too.

B. Faith Can Be Commanded

1. Why do we need to command via faith?

a. To remove abnormal growth: leaves with no fruit is abnormal (Mark 11:21)

Mark 11:21 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree on the previous day and exclaimed, “Look, Rabbi! The fig tree you cursed has withered and died!”

b. Tree is an obstacle in travel (Mark 11:23) - obviously sickness and diseases are obstacles in doing GOD's will so it needs to be removed.

Mark 11:23 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.

C. Believe first then you'll see what you prayed for

Different from the principle of this world

IX. CONCLUSION:

Believe first and then you'll see what you prayed for.

Mark 11:22-24 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.

I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.

I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

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