Mark 6:7,12 And he called to him the twelve, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. . . So they went out and preached that men should repent.

True faith has 3 legs, you must know something, accept it as true, and rely on it – that’s faith! And faith stands on its own, but if one leg is missing, it wobbles, and does not remain standing long. Sure you can prop it up against something else – but then its no longer true faith.

True faith must know the promises of God. True faith must accept those promises as true. True faith must rely on the promises of God. What are the promises of God? Jesus began his ministry Mark 1:15 saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel."

What is the promise? God is in control, God rules all, God is coming, God is the judge – all this knowledge is necessary, but its not the promise – the promise is found in the word repent, that is, to turn from sin and to turn to God. And the promise is, that such things can be done. There are a lot of people who try to change their ways, but are unsuccessful. St Paul writes about it this way "the good that I would, I do not, and the evil that I would not, that I do, O wretched man, who shall deliver me from this body of death?" Who can deliver? Jesus! What does Jesus promise us? Jesus promises us forgiveness of sins, peace with God and everlasting life. That is the promise of the gospel. Now you know.

It is not hard to impart knowledge, but knowledge alone is not enough. I can know that Pastor told me this – I can know that the Bible says this – I can accept that it might be true for some people – but its not useful knowledge until I accept that it is true for me.

And that would seem enough – but there are so many, who know, and even accept it as true – but never rely on it. What is the test of reliance? Well, that is what our lesson is about – Jesus sent out the 12, 2 by 2, and they went out.

They went out with the clothes on their back – nothing more!

Did they lack anything?

No!

What does this teach us regarding the promises of God, and faith?