Ordinary Faith CAN Move Mountains (and Hearts!)
October 9, 2016 f
Ordinary Faith Step 1: Avoid Causing Others to Sin: Live Right.
Some of you say, “We can do whatever we want to!” But I tell you that not everything may be good or helpful. 1Cor. 10:23
God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost. 1Peter 3:9
Ordinary Faith Step 2: Forgive and Love Those Who Do Sin
[Jesus] “I am giving you a new command. You must love each other, just as I have loved you. If you love each other, everyone will know that you are my disciples. John 13:35
Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others. Don’t yell at one another or curse each other or ever be rude. Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ. Ephesians 4:31-32
[Jesus] “Whenever you stand up to pray, you must forgive what others have done to you. Then your Father in heaven will forgive your sins.” Mark 11:25-26
Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you. Colossians 3:13
When people sin, you should forgive and comfort them, so they won’t give up in despair. 2Corinthians 2:7
If you have sinned, you should tell each other what you have done. Then you can pray for one another and be healed. James 5:16
If someone is trapped in sin, you should gently lead that person back to the right path. But watch out, and don’t be tempted yourself.
Ordinary Faith Step 3: “What else can God do through me?” Do it.
Jesus Christ will keep you busy doing good deeds that bring glory and praise to God. Philippians 1:11
He has given us the work of sharing his message about peace.
You have been trusted with a wonderful treasure. Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit, who lives within you. 1Timothy 1:13-14
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
Luke 17 [Jesus said] 1 Jesus said to his disciples: “There will always be something that causes people to sin. But anyone who causes them to sin is in for trouble. A person who causes even one of my little followers to sin 2 would be better off thrown into the ocean with a heavy stone tied around their neck. 3 So be careful what you do.
“Correct any followers of mine who sin, and forgive the ones who say they are sorry. 4 Even if one of them mistreats you seven times in one day and says, “I am sorry,” you should still forgive that person.”
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Make our faith stronger!”
6 Jesus replied: “If you had faith no bigger than a tiny mustard seed, you could tell this mulberry tree to pull itself up, roots and all, and to plant itself in the ocean. And it would!
7 “If your servant comes in from plowing or from taking care of the sheep, would you say, “Welcome! Come on in and have something to eat”? 8 No, you wouldn’t say that. You would say, “Fix me something to eat. Get ready to serve me, so I can have my meal. Then later on you can eat and drink.”
9 “Servants don’t deserve special thanks for doing what they are supposed to do. 10 And that’s how it should be with you. When you’ve done all you should, then say, “We are merely servants, and we have simply done our duty.”
Jeremiah 18 1 The LORD told me, 2 “Go to the pottery shop, and when you get there, I will tell you what to say to the people.”
3 I went there and saw the potter making clay pots on his pottery wheel. 4 And whenever the clay would not take the shape he wanted, he would change his mind and form it into some other shape.
5 Then the LORD told me to say: 6 “People of Israel, I, the LORD, have power over you, just as a potter has power over clay. 7 If I threaten to uproot and shatter an evil nation 8 and that nation turns from its evil, I will change my mind.
9 “If I promise to make a nation strong, 10 but its people start disobeying me and doing evil, then I will change my mind and not help them at all.
11 “So listen to me, people of Judah and Jerusalem! I have decided to strike you with disaster, and I won’t change my mind unless you stop sinning and start living right.
12 “But I know you won’t listen. You might as well answer, “We don’t care what you say. We have made plans to sin, and we are going to be stubborn and do what we want!”