CONTINGENT FAITH – Sermon 11 Oct 2015

October 11, 2015



CONTINGENT FAITH – Sermon from One Way Christian Center, Olustee, Oklahoma.  A Reformed Church close to Altus AFB.


Sermon Text John 4:41-54 NKJV



  • Galilee is a region, Cana, Nazareth, Capernaum are towns in Galilee.
  • 50 Miles from Sychar to Cana – 2, 3 day trip. From well to town.
  • Cana to Capernaum is 15 to 20 miles, 5 to 7 hour walk -5 MPH


Joh 4:44  For

There is a “for” connecting the story at the well and what critics call a contradiction?


  • Remember this “for” – We will come back to it.



Joh 4:44 “a prophet has no honor in his own country”


Joh 4:45  the Galileans received Him


  • In the very next sentence??? – Even I am smarter than that???
  • The Bible has difficult passages but no contradictions
  • Matthew, Mark, Luke, John see the same story but differently?
  • Or what appears to be the same story but is not?
  • Or what about all the background that is left out?



Story took 2-5 minutes to read but how long in real life?

How did the Galileans welcome him?

In what manner were they glad to see him?



  1. Sign SEEKING vs Messiah Seeking
  2. Galileans vs. the Samaritans



Yes they received him

Yes, they welcomed him


  1. They were at the Passover celebration
  2. they saw everything he did there


  • Who are these people of Galilee?

John 2:23-24

  • Same group of people.
  • They were seeking signs not the savior
  • Can you believe in miracles from God and not in Christ? YES
  • What do you mean?
  • You can pray and ask for miracles and not believe in Christ?
  • Believing in Christ is more than believing in miracles.


John 7:3-5


Do we have another contradiction???

Sure if there is no difference in believing in miracles and believing in Jesus!

-His brothers did not believe in him.  Wow!

-A prophet has no honor in his own country.




A certain nobleman – official of some type

He hears Jesus is in town

He goes to Jesus.

Begs and implored Him!

His son is about to die!

Anyone, religious or non-religious would probably do the same!

Many find religion when they need it the MOST.


John 4:48 NKJV

Let’s look at this response.

The word you is plural – proper English has no plural you?

Translators insert “you people”

Here we would say ya’ll

Pittsburgh they would say You’nz

POINT:  Jesus is not just talking to the nobleman

RESPONSE: “Sir, come down before my child dies!”


The son was healed

The nobleman and his household believed

I believe they truly believed!

Not just in the miracle but in the Messiah

SADLY:  The vast majority believed only in what they could get

  • John Chapter 6
  • Jesus feeds 5,000 with 5 barley loafs and 2 small fish
  • Jesus flees because they are about to take him by force and make him their king.


John 6:34 NKJV




REMEMBER the Joh 4:44  “For”


(44)  For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.


What is the connection of the word “for?”

for” = Conclusion or summary of something?


John 4:41-42 NKJV

  • They heard his WORD and they believed (POWER)
  • They weren’t chasing signs and miracles
  • Can signs and miracles cause people to believe, YES! NOBLEMAN
  • Are there still signs and miracles today, YES
  • Do you not have enough evidence! CONTINGENT FAITH?


Matthew 12:38-39 NKJV

He may give a sign and he may not.

CONTINGENT FAITH – rests in a sign!

The sign may bring you but his WORD must keep you!

Will your faith shipwreck if you don’t get a sign???

SYNDICAL “show me a sign” Jesus calls that Evil and Adulterous


Romans 8:28

2 Thessalonians 2:9

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