Help Me Overcome My Unbelief

By Rick Bayer, February 21, 2021

Mark 9:14-24

14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.

16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.

17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”

19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

## "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" v. 24b NIV

to battle the unbelief virus:

your source of unbelief
others for help
Jesus to meet you in your unbelief
stock of your spiritual health
uncertainty as a gift

Questions for D group and/or personal study:

Opener: Describe a time in your life when you were disappointed with God.

Go to the Source: Read Mark 9:14-24

Live it out: When have you prayed like the father prayed: “help me overcome my unbelief!”?

  • Rick mentioned five sources that can lead to unbelief: intellectual doubts, past trauma, distorted view of God, questioning personality type, feelings-based faith. Which of these has or could lead you towards unbelief?

  • Do you struggle with living in uncertainty in your relationship with God? Why or why not?

  • How can your group members help you in your disappointments, uncertainty and doubts?