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)