Leland Maples runs the LOOP’s Ministries (Loved Ones Of Prisoners) and leads a Thursday night bible study held in the Rec Room at Life Change Baptist Church in Odessa Texas. The Rec Room message on Thursday, March 8, 2012 was entitled “What is Faith?” and was given by Leland. Special music was by Doug Herget.
The scripture reading was in Matthew 13:24-30. Notice that the key to their faith was not that they got their eyesight, but “believe ye that I am able…?” v. 28.
- The value of faith depends on the object of our faith, not the amount of our faith
- The source of true faith is God’s Word.
- God gave instruction and examples for us to compare our faith.
Scripture referenced with this lesson:
Matthew 13:24-30 KJV
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.