Do You Believe?
The Scene - The
mob - pushing and shoving
- embarrassed, confused, and defensive over their inability to perform a miracle. The scribes - gleeful, pressing home the attack on the disciples.
The boy - demon
possessed (shows Satan's real intent - hatred, hurt, murder) the father believing yet unbelieving.
The cure - Jesus' words CAST it out. Jesus' words KEPT it out.
What are who is our greatest enemy? I submit to you that
our greatest enemy is not Satan, but unbelief. Unbelief is “the” great enemy to the cause of Christ.
Now to fully understand this message we need to define unbelief?
What is unbelief? It is the opposite of belief, which is defined as. The mental act, condition, or habit of placing trust
or confidence in another. Mental acceptance of and conviction in the truth, actuality, or validity of something.
Something believed or accepted as true.
This passage presents three groups or individuals, which
suffer from a form of unbelief. The scribes, the father, and the disciples. As we consider the passage today, the question
we must answer is this, "Do we believe?"
I. A Callous Unbelief. (the scribes) (Verses 14-16)
1. They simply did not believe that Christ
was the Savior.
A. Why are the lost
1. They will not cannot believe. (Heb 10:38-39)
2. Do you believe? Your must be saved?
Live for God?
2. This unbelief shows itself in several
ways in these scribes.
A. Scorn, ridicule of
Christ and His followers.
B. An attempt to discredit
C. A hatred for the
things of Christ.
3. This unbelief is everywhere today.
of God in public areas, schools and government
B. Taking prayer
out of our schools. Taking down the ten
commandments. Attempting to take one nation under
God out of our pledge.
and protection of every imaginable religion,
but not Christianity!
D. People tend
to accept ANYTHING, no matter how
bizarre, but NOT CHRIST!
4. This unbelief condemns itself.
All men know there is a God, and are without excuse.
5. This unbelief , can only be explained
as a REJECTION of
A. (They KNOW,
but the REFUSE TO BELIEVE!)
6. This unbelief leads to
hell. (Rev 21:6-8)
II. Circumstantial Unbelief. (the father) (Verses 17-27)
1. He had limited belief!
A. His belief
is commendable, but limited.
1. Like Peter in (Mt. 14:25-30)
2. He had unfounded belief.
(founded in the disciples)
A. When the disciples
failed, his belief was shaken and he
doubted Christ's power
B. Many today will go to hell,
not because Christ can't save
but because some Christian let them down!
C. Many Christians will sit on the
sidelines, never amounting
for Christ, because of the failure of some other
Christian in their
D. How we as Christians should
strive to live right for the
sake of others.
3. He had belief that was inexcusable. Understandable,
A. His attitude
should have been like that of Peter:
III. Careless Unbelief. (The Disciples) (Verses 28-29)
1. Consider their background.
A. They were SAVED
2. Consider their Confidence
A. They had begun to
trust in themselves and in their own
abilities, rather than God.
B. When we begin to
trust in ourselves we are destined for
3. Consider their rebuke (Mt
A. Some tasks
are more difficult than others and need
greater faith and much prayer.
B. Let's not get careless
… Let's believe in Jesus Christ for
the answers to all our difficulties and needs.
Dramatic and significant is the story of the Pilgrims. On
December 21, 1620, the voyaging Mayflower dropped anchor in Plymouth Bay, with Captain Christopher Jones at her helm. It had
been a grueling voyage, taking the one-hundred-twenty-ton-capacity ship sixty-six days to make the perilous crossing. There
had been disease, anxiety, and childbirth among the 102 courageous passengers. Furthermore, they arrived on the black New
England shore during a hard winter which ultimately claimed half of their number. However, when spring came and the captain
of the Mayflower offered free passage to anyone desiring to return, not a single person accepted.
The fidelity of the forty-one men, who while still aboard
the Mayflower had signed the famous Compact beginning with the words, "In ye name of God Amen," was taking on visible meaning,
these chivalrous souls had dedicated themselves to the total causes of freedom. They had come to a wilderness to carve out
a better way of life. Faith prompted the voyage; faith sustained the Pilgrims and their religious convictions constrained
them to raise their voices in praise. Their hardship, sacrifice, devotion, concept of government, and vigorous religion all
remind us of those who sought a country.