DEVELOPING A STRONGER FAITH
                                                                 Luke 17:1-5 (769)

          A.  “Woe to him” V1
                1.  Jesus said that those who caused others to stumble would not escape punishment.
                2.  He used a method of capital punishment to express the severity.
          B.  Jesus gave a duty to His disciples.  Vv3-4
                1.  Rebuke someone who had sinned against them, and upon repentance forgive them.
          C.  The apostles responded, “Increase our faith.”
          D.  Each of us can ask ourselves: “Do I need a stronger faith?”
      I.  The importance of faith.

          A.  The Bible teaches that Christians live by faith.  2 Corinthians 5:7 (854); Romans
                1:16-17 (830); James 2:17,24,26 (892)

          B.  There are times when we depend heavily on our faith.

                1.  In times of temptation.  1 Peter 5:8 (897); 1 Peter 1:6-7

                2.  In times of sadness and grief.  1 Peter 5:7

                3.  In times of obedience.  Matthew 7:21,24 (708)

          C.  Through faith we maintain our relationship with God.  1 Peter 1:3-5 (894)

    II.  Let’s focus on how we can develop a stronger faith.  We must

          A.  Be dissatisfied with our present faith. 

                1.  Because the faith of the apostles failed them, they were dissatisfied with their faith.
                     For example: Matthew 18:14-21 (718)

                2.  Are we satisfied with our faith?
          B.  Desire a stronger faith.  Consider the principle in 1 Peter 2:1-3 (895)

          C.  Pray to our Heavenly Father requesting Him to help us have stronger faith.
                Philippians 4:6-7 (869)

          D.  Study and meditate on God’s word.  Romans 10:17 (836)

          E.  Apply the teachings of God’s word.  Hebrews 5:12-14 (885)

  Conclusion:  A strong faith leads us to eternal life.  2 Timothy 4:6-8 (880)