How do I know if my faith is growing?

The answer to this question depends on your understanding of the word "faith." God defines faith (Ex 19:4-6) as:

a) Believing in the historical and real existence of God.

b) Placing a trust in God, like Abraham, that engenders an obedience to His word.

When Jesus and His disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee. carefully examine Jesus' calming the storm.

And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing." And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?" (Matt 8:23-27, ESV)

1. When Jesus calms the storm, what new facts do the disciples learn about Jesus?

2. Carefully observe the behavior of the disciples before and after Jesus' resurrection. In the context of growing your faith, what do you learn?

Before Jesus' resurrection:

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." (John 20:19, ESV)

After Jesus' resurrection, Peter's sermon is before about 3000 Jewish men:

But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. (Acts 2:14-15, ESV)

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