The Transforming Power of Genuine Faith
October 25, 2009
21 FELLOWSHIP – SBC
I. Genuine Faith has nothing to do with sight – vv. 43-48
a. Some will not believe unless they can see, but that’s not faith – v. 44 (cf. 2:23-25).
i. The biblical definition of faith has nothing to do with sight – see Hebrews 11:1.
ii. The faith that leans on sight quickly fails when we cannot see – see Job 2:9
b. Others believe as long as things go their way – vv. 46-47.
i. They have some amount of faith to start with however inadequate that may be – v. 47
c. Jesus must rock the boat sometimes to push people toward genuine faith – v. 48.
II. Genuine faith begins with the word of God – vv. 49-52
a. A certain level of humility is necessary to gain real faith – v. 49
b. To be genuinely biblical our faith must be based on God’s word – v. 50
c. The journey of growing faith will include many signs along the way – vv. 51-52.
III. Genuine faith, when exercised, will completely transform a whole lifestyle – vv. 53-54 .