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Jesus & the Outsiders: Faith

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Main Idea: Faith is entrusting your life to Jesus, and the result of that faith is salvation.

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Introduction

Faith defined by Scripture:
Hebrews 11:1 ESV
1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
How do you know you have faith in something?
As you discussed that, you probably discussed reasons for having that faith in something. There are reasons you have faith in the chair that you are sitting in. There are reasons that you have faith in your friends and adults you trust. In the same way, there are reasons to have faith in Jesus, faith in Jesus is not blind. Before we dive into the scriptures, let me share with you what I believe is the most compelling argument for putting your faith in Jesus even when you have questions about other things.
If the resurrection is true, which based on those reasons listed by McDowell is the most reasonable explanation of the evidence, then what do we do with Jesus? The proper response is faith.
Today we are continuing our study of Jesus and the Outsiders and learning from Jesus what faith is and what faith does.

Text

Luke 17:11–19 CSB
11 While traveling to Jerusalem, he passed between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten men with leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When he saw them, he told them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And while they were going, they were cleansed. 15 But one of them, seeing that he was healed, returned and, with a loud voice, gave glory to God. 16 He fell facedown at his feet, thanking him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Didn’t any return to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he told him, “Get up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.”

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The Necessity of Faith (11-13)

Exp: All of the lepers realized their need for mercy, so in faith, they cried out to Jesus for healing.
Ill: Do you feel like you need help from Jesus? Or do you feel like you can live life on your own? Why?
App: We all have to begin at the point of understanding that we are in NEED of help.

The Beginning of Faith (14)

Exp: All ten of the lepers how the beginnings of faith by doing what Jesus tells them to do.
Ill: Use the parable of the seeds to illustrate how some can show signs of faith, but not really get all of the way there.
App: We can see the beginnings of our faith when we trust Jesus enough to do what He says to do.

The Evidence of Faith (15-18)

Exp: The Samaritan leper leaves the groups and comes back to Jesus crying out in worship to God, humbling himself before God, and thanking Jesus for healing.
Ill: Who is someone in your life who shows the evidence of faith? What does that evidence of faith look like?
App: While the beginning of faith cane be seen in obedience, the some of the main evidences of faith is worship, humility, and thanksgiving.

The Result of Faith (19)

Exp: The Samaritan leper’s faith results in his salvation.
Ill: What is the result of 2+2? What was the result of the American Revolution? What is the result of disobeying your parents? Actions have results. The action of placing your faith (trust) in Jesus has the result of salvation.
App: The result of enduring faith in Jesus is salvation.

Conclusion

1 John 5:3–4 CSB
3 For this is what love for God is: to keep his commands. And his commands are not a burden, 4 because everyone who has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.
Main Idea: Faith is entrusting your life to Jesus, and the result of that faith is salvation.

Response

What did you learn today that you didn’t know before you came here OR what were you reminded of tonight that you needed to be reminded of?
How does tonight’s worship and bible study change how you are going to live out Thursday?
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