One day, Jesus’ disciples were ease dropping, listening to him talk to a rich young ruler, Matthew 19:16-22. Although books don’t often mention facial expressions like the movies or television, I get the feeling Peter was shaking his head in disbelief as this righteous man went home disappointed by Jesus’ response. In fact, Matthew tells us that all 12 disciples began to question their own faith, wondering if they could be saved? – Matthew 19:25
Based upon this passage, without Jesus, everyone is ordinary. The apostle Paul is even more blunt in Romans 3:9-12. Yet, one verse changes the mood of all of those in attendance, Matthew 19:26. According to Philippians 4:13, what was once thought improbable is now possible through Jesus, God’s son. This sudden change or “Hail Mary,” a football term for last ditch effort at victory is illustrated by the song, When God Ran.
Tomorrow night, I am beginning a 12 week adventure, a Bible Study series called Extraordinary Faith. I am not sure who is going to show up at my house from 8-9 pm, but I am trusting God to bring those individuals He has called. This reinvention or revolutionary glimpse at discipleship will transform hearts ready to serve. While demons of doubt are likely already at work, trying to spoil this event, I believe in an extraordinary faith that can and will demolish strongholds in the end, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. This Study will be made available through Google Docs for those interested in bringing it to your home town. Contact me on Facebook if the Holy Spirit places on burden on your heart to lead or host this study.
by Jay Mankus