Summary: In this sermon, you will see the kind of faith that was demonstrated by the woman who was suffering for 12 long years. I would be delighted if you could rate this sermon and give brief feedback.
Faith that releases the power of God
(Preached on 01/05/05, Sunday evening)
Text: Mk. 5:25-34; Parallels – Mt. 9:20-22; Lk. 8:43-48
This woman suffered for 12 long years – amplify and explain.
Her condition grew worse because of doctors.
What is that faith that releases the power of God?
1. She heard about Jesus (v.27)
Prov. 25:25 – “Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.”
Today, we hardly get to hear or read any good news on TV or in newspapers.
What are you meditating on? – newspapers, magazines, TV, movies or the Word of God?
2. She spoke the words of faith (Mt. 9:21)
Mk. 11:23 – say
God often responds to our simple faith.
Our faith must be based on the Word of God.
3. She acted on her faith (Mk. 5:27)
This woman could have very easily stayed at home fearing her defiled condition (see Lev. 15:25-31).
This woman was not passive.
James 2:17 – Faith without works is dead.
Both orthodoxy and orthopraxy are important.
She pressed through the crowd.
Illustration – if a famous preacher walks through the Indian streets, what would happen?
Jesus had a great following and there might have been scores of people who were trying to touch and meet Jesus.
People might have pushed her and stamped her.
But she was persistent.
Mk. 5:30 – power had gone out of Him.
Dunamis (dynamite) = power
Many people touched Jesus.
But this woman touched Jesus by her faith!