Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?- Matthew 16:8
Have you ever felt like your faith was inadequate or too little for the life that God is calling you to live, or for a task God has called you to do? How do we increase our faith?
In Matthew 16:8, seeing little faith, Jesus asked if they didn’t remember how God was able to do so much with so little, feeding five thousand with just five loaves of bread.
Our faith increases with our ability to recount how God has worked in our lives and taken care of us.
- Do you practice remembering?
- Can you recite experiences in your life where God was clearly working on your behalf?
Our level of faith, little or great, is influenced by our ability to remember:
Remember the Wonders he has done, his miracles and the judgments he pronounced O Descendants of Abraham his servant, O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.
– Psalm 105-5-6
As the summer approaches and we get ready to see another group of graduating seniors and summer interns, we want to ask you if you remember….
- 2003 – The first year we designated a portion of the Special Contribution specifically to fund the development of leaders in the Campus, Teen and Singles ministries.
- 2005 – The start of the Y-Ministry, transforming families and turning teens into leaders in the church and the community.
- 2005 – Double Edge Bible Talk began with eight high school freshmen and sophomores who challenged each other to forge honest friendships and to seek a personal relationship with God. All of them became Christians and several are serving in the campus or full-time ministry.
- 2007 – Summer internships first announced at our annual Shoreline Service. 27 high school and college students participated in this first of many summer Y-internship programs. This program was dedicated to developing convictions, having impact in the community, and building deep, spiritual relationships between these students. 43 Summer Y-interns have served over the past five years, and 17 are currently serving on staff.
- 2008 – Y-Women’s Day began. Created by young women and for young women, this annual event brings girls and their mothers together to catch a vision for their future. Speakers use biblical inspiration about the hopes and plans God has for their lives – to become leaders, visionaries and world-changers.
- 2011– Campus interns and students from around the Bay Area take charge of planning and leading life-changing campus retreats and events for the first time.
- 2011 – Music Ministry transformed – Expo entertainment is led by our new young ministry interns for the first time. Their leadership brought energy and a fresh, youthful approach to the entertainment, raising the bar for future events.
- 2013 – Original (2005) Double Edge Members graduate college and a new wave begins. Some of the original 2005 members are graduating college this year and will be moving into the professionals ministry. Several currently work as interns. Meanwhile, the second generation of Double Edge teens will start college and lead at their campuses.
Want to increase your faith?
Read Psalm 105
Begin a list of times God has worked in your life on your behalf.
As your list grows, so will your faith.