In this sermon, which is part of a series of sermons on spiritual gifts, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, preaches on the gift of faith. Here are some excerpts from the sermon:

“In 1 Corinthians 12:9 Paul lists “faith” as one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Now obviously the “faith” mentioned here is more than saving faith. No one can become a Christian believer without exercising genuine faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. “For by grace you have been saved through faith,” says St. Paul in Ephesians 2:8. To continue the Christian life also requires faith. Again, Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” However, not all believers possess the faith to remove mountains. The inclusion of “mountain-moving faith” in the list of gifts bestowed by the Holy Spirit distinguishes it from saving faith (1 Corinthians 13:2)…”

A Word Of Caution Regarding The Gift Of Faith

“The Christian who possesses this gift of mountain-moving faith will always limit his asking to only those things God wants accomplished. His desire will correspond with God’s desire. Such faith and prayer must be completely devoid of self-centeredness…”

“God wants us to stop splashing around in the shallow waters of conventional piety. He wants us to launch out into the deep, drop our nets, and expect them to be filled with fish. He wants us, through the exercise of faith, to prove how great and how good He is…”


The Gift of Faith. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

March 6, 1988

Matthew 17:20

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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