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Sermon Title: The State of Your Faith
Sermon Speaker: Pastor Trip Barefield
Scripture Reference: 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
Annotated by: Ann Powers
Edited by: Dr. Tamara Johnson
Overview of Sermon
Our faith is a work in progress, not a finished product. When it comes to faith, just because we believed doesn’t mean we have arrived. There’s still work to be done.
Your Faith Needs Work
How is your faith? Our faith is fragile. Our faith needs to be built up. Our faith needs to grow. Satan, the world trials and persecutions are a threat to our faith, but avoiding trials and pain are not worth walking away from Jesus.
Be on guard. When you know you’re in danger, you will act differently. Sometimes we can be careless rather than careful. How? By not coming to worship. By not reading the Word. By never praying.
The Lord will keep us in our faith. Standing firm is different from being unsettled. This text is saying, “Hold on to Him” (1 Thessalonians 1:6-10); and to “..make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge.” (Reference 2 Peter 1:5-7).
Love the things God loves. Hate the things God hates. Paul was sending Timothy to check on the Thessalonian church. Do you care about the growth of other people? When was the last time someone asked you, “How’s your faith?” We need each other.
You Need God
God has work to do on us. God will present you holy before Himself. In 1 Thessalonians 1:11-13, this is a prayer that, “Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you.” Faith and love are always side by side. God wants us to look more and more like Jesus and ask the question, do I love my brothers and sisters as myself?
We look forward to being blameless and holy. (Reference Philippians 1:6) God will make us holy and blameless. When you stand before God, and His standard is blameless and holy, what will you say?
We cannot erase our guilt and shame, but we have a Savior who can make us holy and blameless.
There’s still work to do in our faith, but we need God to do it. Sometimes the work of God is slow. No, none of us are there yet, but we’ll get there.
Sermon Title: A Bold Move
Sermon Speaker: Pastor Bryan L. Carter
Scripture Reference: Mark 5:23-34
Annotated by: Ann Powers
Edited by: Dr. Tamara Johnson
Overview of Sermon
A Bold Move is the final sermon of the sermon series Bold. Sermon context is from the book of Mark 5 where we find an unnamed woman who has had a bleeding issue for twelve years. She has seen numerous doctors with no avail, exhausted all her finances, and she has been rejected by society and the church. Her last resort she felt was to get to Jesus; she thought if she could just touch his clothes she would be healed. With a heavy crowd pressing upon Jesus, the woman was able to touch Jesus and was immediately healed. Her bold move was noticed by Jesus who told her in Mark 5:34, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
Bold Moves Are Sometimes Birthed In Moments of Frustration
The woman in the book of Mark 5 is only known by her condition. Some people know us by our situation. This woman lived with this condition for twelve years. Sometimes you never know what the person next to you is going through. This woman tried different remedies, but she still did not get a breakthrough and she was also rendered ceremonially unclean, therefore, she could not participate in corporate worship. What about you? Have you ever been frustrated financially, physically, relationally, spiritually, emotionally, such as by unfulfilled expectations, by delays or by insensitive people? The following can help you through these challenges-
- God can use your frustrations to push you to a place to activate your faith.
- Sometimes bold moves mean you have to move.
- Frustrations can turn into faith.
When this woman heard about Jesus (Reference Mark 5 chapters 1-2), maybe she said, “If Jesus can do it for them, He can do it for me.” She believed Jesus could do something about her situation, so she went to Him. It’s easy to get stuck in mediocrity, complaining, hating. Frustration can make you bitter if you are not careful.
God is calling you to move from frustration to faith. “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:20). Are crowds an issue for you? Sometimes you can’t avoid the crowds. Sometimes you have to press your way through some stuff. Your blessing may be in the crowd. Move through the crowd by taking short steps and here is how you can move boldly for God-
- Understand that God is telling you to move on a daily basis.
- Press pass some people, some fears: fears of failure, difficulties.
- Whenever you make a bold move, be prepared to press pass fears, fears of failures of the past.
- Faith always requires you to move.
What moves do you need to take? Are you in a rut? A rut is a place with both ends kicked out. God has called us as “people of faith” to influence somebody else’s life.
Bold Moves Must Make Jesus Your Motivation
- Your motivation must be rooted and fixed in honoring Jesus Christ as the priority in your life.
- If your motivation is not to honor God, then you missed the whole point.
- The boldest move is for God, and He gets the glory. (Reference Matthew 6:33; Proverbs 3:5-6; Philippians 3:14).
The bold move to get to Jesus by the woman to be healed does not stop there. Jesus also wants a relationship with us. The woman in Mark 5:27-34 had faith that Jesus could do something about her situation. Jesus not only healed her, He called her “Daughter” symbolic of a relationship connection. Because she was bold enough to move, God honored her. When she touched Him, immediately she was healed (Reference Mark 5:29-34) for she had touched Jesus in faith. She received both physical and spiritual healing for her faith was in Jesus Christ. Her only goal was to make it to Jesus no matter what it took to get to Him, she pressed her way to Jesus Christ to get her healing. We too, can be bold in pressing our way to Jesus everyday by-
- Not being afraid. Choose faith over fear.
- Stepping up!
- Being bold for Him!
- Being willing to do His work, whether it’s convenient or not.
- By making bold moves to honor Jesus Christ.
- Knowing the secret to gaining in life by to give yourself away.
- Making a list of your next bold moves to honor Him and following through with them by prayer and faith.
What was the boldest move you’ve ever made? What were the outcomes of your bold move?
Sometimes our bold moves are birthed out of frustration. How will you turn this frustration into faith in order to make a bold move?
How do you handle, discern or face those moments where God calls you to be bold for Him?
We are all called to be evangelists to win souls to Christ in addition to sharing our faith. How will you be a bold witness for Christ and the Kingdom?
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