Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

Losing Control To Faith



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Pastor John Watkin

The message series for these weeks of Lent leading up to Good Friday and Easter is entitled, “Jesus… Man On A Mission.”

I just completed a study of the Book of Acts.   In the Book of Acts, Peter, John, Stephen, Barnabus, Phillip and Paul are all a part of the story. Each one is on a mission to share the story of Jesus and how He changed their own lives.

I have recently become aware of the phrase, “Red-Letter Christian.” In many Bibles, the words of Jesus appear in red print. My hope is that we will center our minds on the words, actions and stories of Jesus during this Season of Lent.   As Christ followers or “Red-Letter Christians,” we must live and breath the words of Jesus and the mission they reflect. Our prayer is that His words and His mission become our own.

We look at two stories and what they teach us about faith. The first is in Mark 6 where Jesus teaches in the synagogue that is located in His hometown.   His hearers scoffed at Him and said, “He’s just a carpenter.”  Mark 6:6 (NLT) gives Jesus reaction when it says, “And He was amazed at their unbelief.” In contrast to their lack of faith, we will look at the great faith of the Roman officer in Matthew 8.  This officer came asking Jesus to heal his servant. Jesus offered to go immediately to the servant but the officer said in Matthew 8:8b (NLT)

“…Just say the word from where You are, and my servant will be healed.” This leads Jesus to say in verse 10, “I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel.”

In this message called, “Losing Control To Faith,” we will talk about how to put Jesus in control of our lives by learning to live with faith.

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