How Did Jesus Stretch His Disciples’ Faith

In the New Testament, Jesus often had to deal with people who did not believe in Him. To help His disciples understand how difficult it was for people to believe, He told them the story of a farmer who planted his seed. Jesus said that if the seed were planted by a mountain, birds would take it away. If it were planted in stony soil, it would not grow because there was no depth of earth. If it were planted among thorns and weeds, they would choke out its growth and keep it from producing fruit. In other words, there are many things that can prevent a person from believing in Christ and receiving eternal life through His atonement on the cross!

How Did Jesus Stretch His Disciples’ Faith

1. Who was Jesus?

Jesus was the Son of God, the Messiah, the Lord, and Savior. He was also called the “Son of Man” because he was human like us but had a divine nature.

In Luke 9:22-27, Jesus said that he’s going to be in heaven but won’t be there until after his second coming when he will return to earth with his angels to defeat death and Satan once and for all.

The Bible says in John 3:1-5 that we should love God more than anything else because he gave us a life without asking anything in return.

Jesus came down from heaven as a man so that he could die on our behalf (Romans 5:6). His death paid for all our sins so that anyone who believes in him will have eternal life (John 3:16).

2. How Did Jesus Stretch His Disciples’ Faith

When Jesus stretched the disciples’ faith, He did so by doing things that seemed impossible and/or by things that seemed to contradict the laws of nature. The first example was Jesus walking on water (Matthew 14:22-33). It seems impossible for a man to walk on water, but Jesus proved it could be done when He did it. This was also in response to Peter’s request for Him to command them not to tell anyone what they had just seen because they were afraid.

Another example of stretching their faith was when Jesus performed many miracles before their very eyes (John 2:1-11). Because these miracles contradicted the laws of nature, this caused them great confusion as well as doubts about his identity because he did what only God could do.

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3. The Call and Commission of the 12 (Matt 10:1-4)

# Jesus called 12 disciples to be with him

The first thing that happened was when Jesus called twelve of his disciples and appointed them to be with him, that is, he sent the twelve out on a mission. He told them what they were supposed to do and gave them authority over unclean spirits (Mark 6:7). The second thing that happened was when Jesus promised these men power from on high as he sent them out into the world. He told them, “And you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

4. The Feeding of the 5000 (Matt 14:13-21)

After Jesus had said these things, he moved on from that place. A great number of people followed him and he healed them there.

But when the Pharisees heard that he had left Judea and gone back to Galilee, they went out there and gathered together all the people who were their disciples. They told them that it was necessary for Jesus to be circumcised before they could accept him as their master. But when his disciples heard this, they protested against it with great tenacity because they knew that Jesus was faithful to what God had revealed about himself in the Scriptures, and since God’s promise is unalterable we need not fear any human attempt at alteration. This is why they were so opposed to this proposal by those self-proclaimed disciples who claimed membership in Christ’s school of instruction: because it would have been an act that could only lead away from faithfulness rather than toward it!

5. He Walks on Water (Matt. 14:22-34)

Jesus is the Son of God. He is fully divine, and he came in human form to reveal the Father’s heart to us.

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Jesus is also the Messiah, meaning anointed one or Christ. He was born into our world as a man and lived in perfect obedience to his Father’s will until his death on a cross for our sins so that we could be reconciled back to him (John 3:16).

Jesus is also called “the Son of Man.” This title describes Jesus as being fully human—not just partially divine like most other people are—but completely human (John 1:14; Acts 17:31). As such, he lived on earth like any other person would live their life apart from miracles or anything else outside of normal experience (John 1:11). The fact that Jesus was fully God means that all he ever did while here on Earth was possible because God did it through him; however, nothing can prevent us from seeing how good it really looks when someone chooses not only do what seems right but also do good even when they know doing so will cost them dearly later down the road!

6. Don’t Worry About Your Life (6:24-34)


Jesus tells his disciples not to worry about what they will eat or drink, or about their life. Don’t worry about what you will wear either, he says. And don’t even worry about what you are going to say—just say whatever God puts in your mouth!

When we meet Jesus, we find out that prayer is simply talking with God the Father. If we are His children and our hearts are open, He will give us all that we need for this life through Christ who loves us so much!

7. The Transfiguration (17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8)

The Transfiguration (17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8).

Jesus was transfigured before His disciples. He took Peter, James, and John up a mountain to pray. While they were praying, Jesus’ appearance shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. Moses and Elijah appeared next to Jesus on the mountain, talking with Him about His impending death on the cross. When Peter saw this vision he said to Jesus, “Lord it is good for us to be here.” But when they came down from the mountain they could not tell anyone what had happened because they did not understand it themselves (Mark 9:6)

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8. What is important in life? Matthew 20:1-16, Mark 10 & Luke 18

Jesus was a master at teaching his disciples the importance of faith. He took the opportunity to teach them that in order for their faith to grow, they needed to put him first. He did this by asking them what was most important in life. Their answers were many, but Jesus wanted them to realize that he is the most important thing in their lives. They were not focusing on what matters most and were instead focused on other things that did not matter at all such as how others thought about them or how they looked or what they had or even what they had done wrong in the past (Matthew 20:1-16).

9. Jesus will stretch your faith if you are willing to let Him.

Jesus will stretch your faith if you are willing to let Him. He will test it and make it grow, but only if you are open to His leading. The disciples were told by Jesus that they would have trouble believing in the miraculous things He was going to do for them (Luke 17:5). They had no reason not to believe Him because he had been working miracles before their eyes for years. But this time, Jesus spoke of something beyond what they could imagine or comprehend; His resurrection from the dead! It was a miracle so far out of their experience that they couldn’t understand how it could possibly happen. It would take an incredible faith leap on their part just to get started!


As you can see, Jesus stretched his disciples’ faith in many different ways. They had to rely on God and trust that He would supply their needs, even when they didn’t know how or when it would happen. It is important for us as believers today to have faith in God like this so that we will be prepared when times get tough.

Takeaway: A good reminder of what it means to have faith in God through His word and through prayer.

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