Bible Alive "Faith in the Synoptic Gospels & Acts"

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Published on October 9, 2009

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How would one describe faith according to the Synoptic Gospels? Why does Jesus demand faith—why is faith in the Synoptics CRUCIAL? Why is faith, once directed solely to the One God, now also directed to Jesus? See and learn in Jesus’ prayers, parables, and teachings on faith in the Synoptics, the unique relationship this man from Nazareth has with God. Learn also what faith is in Acts of the Apostles and why believers are those who accept the preached Apostolic word and join the community of the faithful. See how faith is all about newness: it sunders links with the past, past religious ties, and especially sin. Discover faith as a personal relationship, and thus subjective, but also embodied in the objective content shared by the community of the faithful.

Analysis of Faith in the Synoptic Gospels & Acts

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Let us Pray We believe, O Lord. Help our Unbelief! Amen.

Course Breakdown Bible Alive: The Prophets What is faith? Who and what are prophets? What is prophecy? What you need: Bring your Bible and a heart open to prayer.

Faith is… Summary of Old Testament Faith It is aman, that is, solidity, firmness, support, security and is corporate, NEVER just an individualistic experience. It is covenantal and bestows identity. This faith trusts more than it intellectually assents to, and obeys. It is expressed through repentance, obedience and trust. And it moves from the fear of the Lord to reverence and love in wisdom in the environment of peace.

Faith is also… Summary of Faith according to Paul’s theology: Faith is about justice for Paul. Faith is the key that liberates us from sin and death. Thus for Paul faith is the principle of life for the righteous. Paul sees that with Baptism faith effects a new creation. The central object of such faith is Christ, but Christ in the preached word—for Paul faith comes through preaching. For Paul faith is incarnational, inexorably tied to obedience, and in fact is obedience. Faith is not only mental, but a reality consuming the whole believer. It is never a one-time event or confession; faith is dynamic and grows. Faith also must be nourished for Paul for it may become sick and die. The principle by which faith grows is love. For Paul faith is vision of Christ in all things. For Paul this vision can only come from the indwelling Spirit who empowers us to leave ignorance and darkness and enter into the light of Christ. Faith shows Paul that all things are oriented toward union with God.

The “Same Eye” Gospel Tradition What are the Synoptic Gospels? The word synoptic comes from Greek roots meaning “same eye.” Matthew, Mark, and Luke are called “Synoptic” Gospels because, when examined side-by-side, immediately there appears similarities in structure and content.

The Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels What does Jesus IN THE Synoptics demand? Mt 9:27-28—And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.”

Synoptic Jesus’ Demand What does Jesus IN THE Synoptics demand? Mk 4:37-41—And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” And they were filled with awe, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”

Synoptic Jesus’ Demand What does Jesus IN THE Synoptics demand? Lk 8:22-25—One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a storm of wind came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even wind and water, and they obey him?”

Synoptic Jesus’ Demand What does Jesus IN THE Synoptics demand? Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels demands faith.

The Synoptic Jesus Praises What does Jesus IN THE Synoptics praise? Mt 8:5-13—As he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion answered him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; be it done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.

The Synoptic Jesus Praises What does Jesus IN THE Synoptics praise? Mt 15:21-28—And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

The Synoptics’ Jesus Praise What does Jesus IN THE Synoptics praise? Wherever he discovers it, the Jesus of the Synoptic Gospel praises faith.

What Jesus Declares about Faith What does Jesus declare about faith IN THE Synoptic Gospels? Read Mark 5:25-34—And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well.” And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, “Who touched my garments?“”And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had been done to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

Read Mark 5:25-34—And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well.” And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, “Who touched my garments?“”And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had been done to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

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