This is a sermon manuscript, which is written for the ear, not the eye. So, it’s full of grammatical errors and incomplete sentences, I imagine. Also, I try to attribute thoughts to others, but my sermon is the product of much reading of others, to whom I am indebted.
Help My Unbelief (Mark 9:14-29); One of my favorite passages and verses (I know I have a lot): “I believe, help my unbelief”. After two sermons on miracles in the Gospel of John, I want to turn our attention to one more desperate father and one more healing from Christ. This is a story that we will find ourselves somewhere in, but I hope that we also find our Savior in this story.
Do you ever think of your life as a story? Or maybe you picture yourself in a movie, complete with a soundtrack. And in general, we love a good story. And some of us love to tell a good story. Part of the fun of our Wednesday night gatherings is the opportunity to fellowship over a meal and tell the stories of our week. Sometimes, they are of our foibles or our frustrations, but in those moments we understand ourselves as living in a story. Obviously, you know that my use of the term “story” does not imply fiction, but the truth of our lives as we experience them. Aren’t you glad that the Bible gives us stories? Yes, we get lots of other things we need: teaching, prophecy, poetry, included. But we also get stories. And here we have another story from the Gospels.
What are the five elements of story (you may have learned slightly different terms): the plot, the characters, the theme, the conflict, and the resolution. Well, we definitely have that today in this story from the Gospel of Mark. And we have those in our lives. Do you know conflict in your life and your heart? Aren’t our lives full of characters, especially here in the Deep South – we have some real characters here. And whether we know it not,
Let me tell you the theme of this story that were going to explore, and thus the theme of this sermon:
Theme: You can have an imperfect faith, if you have a perfect Savior.
Your faith fan falter & fail, if you know Jesus. You can struggle with unbelief, when you also believe that God is bigger than it. Isn’t that who we are? And where we live most days?
BB: We’re going to take a slightly different approach this morning. We’ll get the outline of the story and then we’ll look at the details as we consider the characters in this story. So, my main points our The Story, The (Usual) Suspects, and The Savior.