A Guy Who “Sort Of” Believed

Mark 9:17
17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech.

 Brought: Krateo (krat-eh’-o); Use Strength, To Carry, Seize Or Retain.

Mark 9:18-19a
18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” 19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

 Mark 9:21-22
21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

 Why Do Many Of Us Doubt?

  • God Doesn’t Do What We Would
  • We’ve Tried Things That Didn’t Work.
  • Many People Around Us Express Doubts.

 Diluted, Polluted, Partial, Faltering Faith

Mark 9:22b-24
22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Exclaimed: Krazo (krad’-zo); To “croak” (as A Raven) Or Scream, To Call Aloud, To Shriek.

Unbelief: Apistos (ap’-is-tos); Actively Disbelieving, A Passively Untrusting Person.

  • Be Honest About Your Faith

Mark 9:24
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

  • Act on The Faith You Have.

James 2:26
26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
 Real, Committed, Deep, Sincere Faith

Daniel 3:17-18
17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”