Great Faith or Little Faith?

Faith Gauge Shows Scale Religious And IndicatorWe are asking the Lord to lead us into being men and women of great faith.  Matthew, in his Gospel, takes significant time to show us that we don’t need to be people of little faith.  Great faith is available to you today.

We are investigating the unique contribution of Luke in the Gospels and his call for us to continue the Acts of the Apostles in our world today.

Each New Testament author opens for us the Gospel in the way the Holy Spirit highlighted the events for their various perspectives.

On our way to understanding Luke’s faith emphasis, we should take time to see Matthew’s unique contribution.

In the various interactions with Jesus the Holy Spirit highlighted, for Matthew, the concept “you of little faith.”  The Greek word is ὀλιγόπιστος.

  • Little in number – Very few applications of faith.
  • Low in quantity – Low in the amount of faith.

Matthew is teaching us to have more applications of our growing faith.

  • More applications of your growing faith rather than worry.  Matthew 6:25-34
  • More applications of your growing faith rather than fear.  Matthew 8:23-27
  • More applications of your growing faith rather than doubt.  Matthew 14:31
  • More applications of your growing faith rather than forgetting God’s faithfulness.  Matthew 16:8

Matthew wants us to know that the work of God in the world is greatly hindered, not only in our lives, but also in the lives of other people by our personal lack of faith.  Matthew 17:14-20

We must celebrate with Matthew, the amazing results of more applications of a growing faith.

  • One gentile has a greater application of a growing faith than all Israel.  Matthew 8:10
  • Friends apply their growing faith for the healing of their buddy.  Matthew 9:2
  • A woman’s application of her growing faith releases healing in her body.  Matthew 9:22
  • Two blind men are healed: “according to your faith let it be done to you.”  Matthew 9:29
  • A mom’s application of growing faith produces deliverance in her daughter.  “Woman, you have great faith.”  Matthew 15:28

Today, we recognize with Matthew, our need for more applications of our growing faith.

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