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The Ladder of Faith

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The Ladder of Faith


John 1:43-51 (NIV)

43The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”

44Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

47When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.”

48“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

49Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”

50Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.” 51He then added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

I.       Introduction:

II.    Encounter Christ:  A Crucial Discovery

A.    Found By Jesus

B.     Introduced By Others

C.     Revealed In Scripture

III. Experience Transparency: A Full Disclosure

A.    Jesus Knows Our Heart

B.     Jesus Sees Our Conduct

IV. Express Faith: A Vital Declaration

A.    Faith That Confesses Christ

B.     Faith That Promises Heaven

V.    Conclusion:

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