Belief Not Contempt!

Preached by Andrew Smellie, January 20, 2008

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Janet Siembor’s restoration sharing:

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Our faith must be based on God’s power and not our own abilities or inabilities! We know the story of Joshua and Caleb very well, but interestingly, Caleb seems to even be a non-Israelite (Kennite) and his faith silences the lack of faith in the other leaders who had much better “family pedigrees.” But we’ve got to look at our own faith and ask ourselves what are WE spreading in our Bible Talk and in our home: faith or fear?! Lacking faith is truly contempt for God and when we get a conviction about the destructiveness of this sin in our own lives and the lives of those around us, we’ll be quick to access the all-sufficient grace of the cross. Then we will never stop preaching and teaching; and we’ll never desert the God of all grace looking for an easier, painless Christianity.


We are so proud of our sister Janet Siembor, who dealt with the sin in her life that had hardened her heart, so that she could receive that unconditional mercy God has been waiting to pour out on her! Janet was restored first to God and then also to all of us–her God-given family of believers!! Listen to her story and be inspired at how faithful God always is to His promises.

“Belief or contempt” preached by Andrew Smellie
Sunday, January 20, 2008

Numbers 13:1-25
• When you are doing your best for God, you have no trouble going to sleep at night.
Question: Why do you do this?
• Your heart needs to have faith, hope and love in God.
• You want to make God’s power known.
• You love because you are grateful for Jesus’ sacrifice. (Romans 12:11)
Question: Are you full of zeal and enthusiasm?
• These people were supposed to be the example for the people.
• Caleb was not a native Israelite.
• These guys must have been prominent.

Proverbs 19:2
• Your zeal should not be without knowledge.
• Your faith, hope and love needs to be in Jesus.
• Enthusiasm: you see God in things.
• Be zealous and passionate to save the lost in the world.
Question: Is your faith, hope and love in what Jesus is going to do for you?
Question: Do you have the same zeal as the people who were on the mission team had when they decided to plant a church in Syracuse, New York?
Question: Do you take ownership of this land, when you share your faith with people?
Question: Do you believe that God has promised this land to you?
• The Bible does not change.

1. Your faith is based on God’s power.
Question: Is your faith based on God’s power?
Question: Do you believe because you have faith in God?
• A faith that is not in God is not faith.
Question: How well do you know Central New York?
Question: Do you really take pride in your city?
Question: Do you believe in God’s power?
Question: Do you believe that there is a cluster of grapes out there?
Question: Do you believe that the harvest is plentiful?
Question: How far are you willing to go to help someone become a disciple of Jesus Christ?
Question: How far are you willing to go to obey God?

Question: How far are you willing to go to make a true disciple and to help someone stay a Christian?

2. You need to face the facts with faith.
Numbers 13:26-33
Question: What happened here?
• They started reporting half-truths.
• God’s promise of Him giving this land was offset by the fear in people’s eyes.
• Do not be intimidated by the world.
• There should not be anyone who intimidates you if you are a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Question: What do you do when someone is faithless?
• Faithlessness causes someone who has it to exaggerate and distort the story.
Question: How do you respond to faithlessness in your life?
• Key point: Face the facts with faith otherwise you condone his or her fear.
Question: Do you notice that when someone is faithless that he tries to make it bigger than what it actually is?
Question: What makes you fear?
Question: Is it what people say?
• You got to face the facts with faith.
Question: For those who want to go on a mission team: Are you doing it right here?
• Have the mindset of what the world needs. . .
• You fear sometimes because you are inadequate to do things.
Question: Why do you fear so much?
“Fear is that little dark room where negatives are developed.” – Michael Pritchard

3. Lack of faith is contempt for God.
Numbers 14:1-24
Question: Can you imagine God listening to this?
• The community began to rebel against the Lord.
• You want to go back to the world.
• You can get so ungrateful and forget the mercy and grace that God has given you.
• You may want to go back to the lukewarmness in the world.
• You may want to go back to the slavery of sin in the world.
• Fear is not the truth.
“Fear has speed but faith has endurance.” – Andrew Smellie
Question: Why do you fear if the Lord is your everything?
• When you are faithless, you have got to pray.
• It is a battle, but you are here for God.
• You give into cowardice when you allow fear to control your life and your heart.
Question: How do you think God feels when you refuse to believe Him especially when it comes to His promises?
• When you refuse to believe God that is when you are questioning God’s sincerity.
• Caleb was the first example of a Gentile going into the Promised Land.

4. Act on God’s terms and not your own.
• When you are faithless, you can make the church go in circles.
• Others pay the price because of someone else’s faithlessness.
Question: Does that make you convicted to help someone out of their faithlessness?

Numbers 14:36-45
• There are consequences for a lack of faith.
• Sin has consequences.
• You cannot expect to get off Scott-free, simply by apologizing.
Question: Do you inspire each other for the sake of the church so that it does not go walking in circles?
• You cannot want to obey God on your own terms.
• You cannot obey God only when you want to.
• Delayed obedience is disobedience.
• Decide to believe in the power of God.
Question: Is your faith AWOL this morning?
Question: Where is your faith this morning?
• Do not have an AWOL faith.
Question: Do you have the faith to believe that God’s power can do it?
• Keep your faith inspired.
• Walk in faith
“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.” – Swedish proverb