May 7, 2023 | Pastor Joel Conti
Main Point: The Gift of Faith is different from other categories of faith as it comes from the Holy Spirit to us for working of miracles on earth.
1 Cor. 12:7-11
7 “ Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”
Faith has 4 categories:
- Doctrinal Faith
- Providential Faith
- Expectant Faith
- Gift of Faith
Faith-filled: Core Value at Northside
Our community is faith-filled. We believe that God continues to speak, heal, and restore lives today as He did in the early Church. Faith is the belief in what God can do, regardless of what we may see with our eyes. We make space in our gatherings for people to hear God, to be healed by God, and to be restored by God. People are restored by faith in Jesus. (Matt. 10:8) (1 Cor. 14:1-5) (Heb. 11)
Acts 3:1-10 (NIV)
“One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”
12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
Faith is trust and confidence that God is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do
Communion: a time to reflect on our own faith, a time to reflect on forgiveness (ourselves and others) and a time to reflect on healing (ourselves and others).