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Sermons about Unbelief
Do you read and study God's Word (Bible) to learn the truth it holds? Or are you seeing the miraculous signs, but still not believe in Him? Do you believe in Jesus but don't proclaim His name in public out of fear what the world might say and think of you? Do you love praise of man more then praise of God?
What is faith? It is a radical trust and loyalty to God. It can't be know if it is not revealed to you. Faith can't come from self or from the world. It can only come from God, because He made it known. Without faith we can't imagine the things we have faith for. Faith is a response from God revealing Himself to us. It is a divine gift of grace and our response to it.
In John 21:24-29 we see Thomas unable to relate with the joy the other disciples have because he has not seen the risen Christ. As doubt plagues his mind, he comes up with conditions for him to be able to believe that God has resurrected Jesus after the bloody cross. Where is it that we demand proof before we believe? Listen and hear about a God who comes to give us peace and open our eyes in the midst of doubt and unbelief.
In order to truly and meaningfully celebrate Christmas, we must prepare our hearts for our Saviour. But we are often deterred when we feel that God has been inactive in our lives, when our hearts are full of disappointment, or when we underestimate what God can do. This sermon looks into Luke 1:5-25 and testifies that God is always at work – even in the silence, in the midst of our disappointments, and despite our unbelief.
A look into a faith that doesn't save and one that does.
What we learn from Mark’s account in 16:1-8 is this: Regardless of how bad you have blown it, no one is beyond the restoring love God in Christ. If, like Peter, you blow it big time and fall into a great sin after you become a Christian, do not throw away your confidence in the restoring love of God for you in Christ. This passage teaches us to not expect condemnation, wrath, abandonment, rejection, conditional grace, embarrassment, demands of penance and acts of contrition, etc… What then are we to expect? We are going to see that our Triune God’s response in Christ is not what we expect but it is the best news we could ever receive. Even even in the face of unbelief by the women who were expecting decomposition rather than resurrection, even when all of Christ’s disciples left Him and fled in fear in the face of great temptation and trial and even when Peter outright denied Jesus, Mark shows us that Jesus is reaching out to all of them in restoring love! Mark makes special mention of Peter because he is the heaviest of them all. He blew it the worst! Because Mark’s account gives special mention of Peter, this removes all doubt of His love for them all! Mark's account of Jesus' resurrection reveals what the love of our Triune God in Christ does, namely it scatters our despair and assures us that we still have a place of acceptance and love in the Father’s heart despite our ongoing sin.
As we move from the wilderness to the Promised Land, we need to replace our doubts with faith.
This winter we are in a series of sermons on the theme “Become Disciples.” We have clarified that our phrase is not “make disciples” or “grow disciples” or “build disciples.” Each of those phrases tend to emphasize that we are going to fix the other person by making them followers of Jesus. No, our phrase is “become disciples.” The idea is that we ourselves desire transformation at our own core so that we journey on this slow route toward becoming the people God wants us to be.