the big idea
Our faith isn’t unshakeable, but our God is. The answer for so many of the struggles in our lives is having a stronger faith – a faith that believes that we are loved and forgiven, a faith that trusts God will provide, help, heal, and work it out for our good. In this series, we will take a closer look at the gift of faith, where it comes from, its power source, and what it looks like in the believer’s life. In the process we pray that our faith is strengthened.
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)
June 24: Faith Loves to Sit at Jesus’ Feet
This tender story speaks to us of one of the most important priorities in our lives. Jesus’ Word comes first – even before our daily chores.
Scriptures: 1 Samuel 3:1-10; Colossians 3:12-17
Sermon Text: Luke 10:38-42
July 1: Faith Treasures Jesus’ Forgiveness
What a contrast between Simon and the nameless woman who anointed Jesus with her perfume and her tears! In Jesus’ forgiveness, we have so much to be thankful for.
Scriptures: 2 Chronicles 33:1-6, 10-18; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Sermon Text: Luke 7:36-50
July 8: Faith Grows Through the Good and Bad
Joseph is a wonderful example for any young person who finds himself far from home and in trouble. God can use those ties to grow our faith and make it shine brighter and more clearly.
Scriptures: Hebrews 11:24-26; Luke 9:18-24
Sermon Text: Genesis 39:6-12, 16-23
July 15: Faith Believes that Dying is Living
Christians have the best attitude about life and death. Every day is a joy, because we have a purpose – to live for Christ. And when we die? That’s even better by far.
Scriptures: 1 Kings 17:17-24; Luke 7:11-17
Sermon Text: Philippians 1:18b-26
July 22: Faith Doesn’t Make Excuses
Following Jesus isn’t easy. By nature, we’re way too good at excuses. Lying underneath these excuses is fear. Lord, give me the faith to trust that listening to and following You is always the best answer.
Scriptures: Jonah 3:3-4; 2 Corinthians 11:21b-30
Sermon Text: Luke 9:51-62
July 29: Faith Doesn’t Ask Why
Sometimes it seems foolish to do what God commands. How can marching around a city bring down its walls? We don’t always see or understand why God asks us to do what He asks us to do, but faith tells us that when we do it, we will be blessed.
Scriptures: James 1:2-12; Luke 17:1-10
Sermon Text: Joshua 5:13-6:5, 20
August 5: Faith Makes Us Encouragers
Paul and the Philippians enjoyed a wonderful relationship: they were gospel partners (fellowship) in ministry. He was not afraid to ask them for help and they were eager to give him support.
Scriptures: 1 Kings 17:1-16; Luke 10:1-12
Sermon Text: Philippians 4:10-20