Growing In
Christian Virtues
Faith
2 Pet. 1:1-11
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2 Peter 1:1-11
“Simon Peter, a bond-servant and
apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who
have received a faith of the same kind
as ours, by the righteousness of our
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God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace
and peace be multiplied to you in the
knowledge of God and of Jesus our
Lord; ...”
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2 Peter 1:1-11
“… 3 seeing that His divine power has
granted to us everything pertaining to life
and godliness, through the true knowledge
of Him who called us by His own glory and
excellence. 4 For by these He has granted
to us His precious and magnificent
promises, so that by them you may become
partakers of the divine nature, having
escaped the corruption that is in the world
by lust. … ”
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2 Peter 1:1-11
“… 5 Now for this very reason also,
applying all diligence, in your faith supply
moral excellence, and in your moral
excellence, knowledge, 6 and in your
knowledge, self-control, and in your selfcontrol, perseverance, and in your
perseverance, godliness, 7 and in your
godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your
brotherly kindness, love. …”
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2 Peter 1:1-11
“… 8 For if these qualities are yours
and are increasing, they render you
neither useless nor unfruitful in the
true knowledge of our Lord Jesus
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Christ. For he who lacks these
qualities is blind or short-sighted,
having forgotten his purification from
his former sins.…”
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2 Peter 1:1-11
“… 10 Therefore, brethren, be all the
more diligent to make certain about His
calling and choosing you; for as long
as you practice these things, you will
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never stumble; for in this way the
entrance into the eternal kingdom of
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will
be abundantly supplied to you.”
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Love
Perseverance
Moral
Excellence
Godliness
Brotherly
Kindness
Knowledge
Self
Control
Faith
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What Is Faith?
•Allegiance or duty to a person
–belief and trust in and loyalty to God
–Firm belief in something for which
there is no proof; complete trust
•Hebrews 11:1 “… the assurance of
things hoped for, the conviction of
things not seen”
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What Is Faith?
•Allegiance or duty to a person
–belief and trust in and loyalty to God
–Firm belief in something for which
there is no proof; complete trust
•Hebrews 11:6 “without faith it is
impossible to please Him, for he who
comes to God must believe that He is
and that He is a rewarder of those
who seek him”
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How do we Obtain Faith?
•Not in some Mystical Way
•Not from Someone Else
–Not from:
•Preacher
•Parents
•Spouse
•Friends
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How do we Obtain Faith?
•Not in some Mystical Way
•Not from Someone Else
• Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from
hearing, and hearing by the word of
Christ.”
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–But to hear the word of God and believe,
we must first believe in God, the God of
the Bible.
–How do we do that?
Why Believe In God
•Questions to consider:
–Do you honestly believe there is a
God?
–Have you had, or do you still have
doubts about the existence of God?
–Are doubts and questions normal?
–Can we prove that there is a God?
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Why Believe In God
•Proof there is a God (Supernatural Being)
–The Existence of the Universe
argues for a Creator
–The Characteristics of the Universe
argue for an intelligent Creator
–The Existence of Life argues for a
Creator
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Why Believe In God
•Has this Supernatural Being
spoken?
–If not
•Then we are left to our own devices and
whatever we conclude about anything
will have to suffice.
–If He has, then it is up to us to find
that message.
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Why Believe In God
•Has this Supernatural Being
spoken?
•The Bible is the most credible
instrument claiming to be from a
Supernatural Being
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Unity, Consistency and
Continuity of the Bible
•A Book written …
–Over a long period of time
–By approx. 40 authors from every
walk of life
–In different places
–At different times
–During different moods
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Unity, Consistency and
Continuity of the Bible
•A Book written …
–On three continents
–In three languages
–With subject matter involving many
controversial topics
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Unity, Consistency and
Continuity of the Bible
•Yet there is unity, consistency and
continuity
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–"The Paradise Lost of the book of
Genesis becomes the Paradise
Regained of Revelation.“
–"Whereas the gate to the Tree of
Life is closed in Genesis, it is opened
forevermore in Revelation."
Influence
•Upon Individuals:
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–Can change one’s life drastically
–Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is
living and active and sharper than any
two-edged sword, and piercing as far as
the division of soul and spirit, of both
joints and marrow, and able to judge
the thoughts and intentions of the
heart."
Influence
•Upon Individuals
•Upon Nations:
–Our Judicial system based upon
many principles found in Bible
–Within the characters of the Chinese
language are references to:
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•Genesis story of Adam & Eve
•The Garden
•The Flood
Indestructibility
•Survived through:
–War, famine, poverty, and neglect
–Well organized attempts of atheism,
heathenism, Modernism, Humanism
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•Attempts to burn it, ban it, outlaw it
•Voltaire (18th century), predicted that in
100 years, Christianity would disappear
and the Bible would be eradicated from
the face of the earth.
Indestructibility
•Survival through Criticism
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–"Infidels for 1800 years have been refuting
and overthrowing this book, and yet it
stands today as solid as a rock. Its
circulation increases, and it is more loved
and cherished and read today than ever
before. Infidels, with all their assault make
about as much impression on this book as
a man with a tack hammer on the pyramids
of Egypt." - H. L. Hastings
Indestructibility
•Survival through Criticism
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–"No other book has been so chopped,
knifed, sifted, scrutinized, and vilified.
What book on philosophy or religion or
psychology...has been subject to such a
mass attack as the Bible? With such
venom and skepticism? With such
thoroughness and erudition? Upon every
chapter, line and tenet? And yet, the
Bible is still loved by millions, read by
millions, and studied by millions." - Bernard Ramm
What other Being can
accomplish so much?
What other document can
withstand the rigorous tests we
have placed upon it?
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None!
None But God
The God described
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in the Bible
- Here’s Our Foundation …
- FAITH in God
- Hebrews 11:6 “…without faith it is
impossible to please Him, for he who
comes to God must believe that He is…”
- Now we are ready to build upon it
- Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from
hearing, and hearing by the word of
Christ ”
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Faith is the Christian’s Foundation
•Faith Can Be:
–Strong
•Romans 4:20 “yet, with respect to the
promise of God, he did not waver in
unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving
glory to God,”
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Faith is the Christian’s Foundation
•Faith Can Be:
–Strong - Rom. 4:20
–Weak
•Romans 14:1 “Now accept the one who
is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of
passing judgment on his opinions.”
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Faith is the Christian’s Foundation
•Faith Can Be:
–Strong - Rom. 4:20
–Weak - Rom. 14:1
–Little
•Matthew 14:31 “You of little faith, why
did you doubt?”
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Faith is the Christian’s Foundation
•Faith Can Be:
–Strong - Rom. 4:20
–Weak - Rom. 14:1
–Little - Matt. 14:31
–Great
•Matthew 8:10 “Truly I say to you, I have
not found such great faith with anyone in
Israel.”
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Faith Involves More …
•Than just belief in the existence of
God and Christ:
–It means to believe what God has said
– Rom. 10:17
–It means to obey His commands, trust
His promises, and to heed His
warnings.
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Faith Involves More …
•Than just belief in the existence of
God and Christ:
–It means to put dependence upon
God
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•Proverbs 30:5,6 "Every word of God is
tested; He is a shield to those who take
refuge in Him. 6 Do not add to His words
Or He will reprove you, and you will be
proved a liar."
Faith Involves More …
•Than just belief in the existence of
God and Christ:
–To do right and leave the
consequences to Him
•Isaiah 12:2 "Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord
God is my strength and song, And He has
become my salvation."
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Faith Involves More …
•Than just belief in the existence of
God and Christ:
–To do right and leave the
consequences to Him
•Romans 8:28 "And we know that God
causes all things to work together for
good to those who love God, to those who
are called according to His purpose."
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Love
Perseverance
Moral
Excellence
Godliness
Brotherly
Kindness
Knowledge
Self
Control
Faith
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Our Foundation - Faith
•Must be built upon Right Things
–Building on Sand or Rock
•Matthew 7:24-27
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Matthew 7:24-27
“Therefore everyone who hears these
words of Mine and acts on them, may
be compared to a wise man who built
his house on the rock. 25 "And the rain
fell, and the floods came, and the winds
blew and slammed against that house;
and yet it did not fall, for it had been
founded on the rock. …”
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Matthew 7:24-27
“… 26 "Everyone who hears these
words of Mine and does not act on
them, will be like a foolish man who
built his house on the sand. 27 "The
rain fell, and the floods came, and the
winds blew and slammed against that
house; and it fell—and great was its
fall.”
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Must be built upon Right Things
•Some trust in their riches
–1 Tim. 6:17-19
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1 Timothy 6:17-19
"Instruct those who are rich in this present
world not to be conceited or to fix their
hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on
God, who richly supplies us with all things
to enjoy. 18 Instruct them to do good, to be
rich in good works, to be generous and
ready to share, 19 storing up for themselves
the treasure of a good foundation for the
future, so that they may take hold of that
which is life indeed."
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Must be built upon Right Things
•Some trust in their riches
–1 Tim. 6:17-19
•These are uncertain and temporal
•Shifting sand
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Must be built upon Right Things
•Others trust in self-righteousness
–We cannot be saved by meritorious
works.
–Rom. 10:1-3
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Romans 10:1-3
"Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer
to God for them is for their salvation. 2 For
I testify about them that they have a zeal for
God, but not in accordance with
knowledge. 3 For not knowing about God's
righteousness and seeking to establish their
own, they did not subject themselves to the
righteousness of God."
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Must be built upon Right Things
•Others trust in self-righteousness
–We cannot be saved by meritorious
works.
–Jer. 10:23 "I know, O Lord, that a
man's way is not in himself, Nor is it in
a man who walks to direct his steps."
•Such are building upon sand.
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Must be built upon Right Things
•Many trust in the wisdom of men.
–Human wisdom is foolishness with
God
–1 Cor. 1:20 "Where is the wise man?
Where is the scribe? Where is the
debater of this age? Has not God made
foolish the wisdom of the world?"
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Must be built upon Right Things
•Many trust in the wisdom of men.
–Human wisdom is foolishness with
God
–1 Cor. 1:20
•It is wholly inadequate
–1 Cor. 2:2-5
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1 Corinthians 2:2-5
"For I determined to know nothing among
you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
3 I was with you in weakness and in fear
and in much trembling, 4 and my message
and my preaching were not in persuasive
words of wisdom, but in demonstration of
the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith
would not rest on the wisdom of men, but
on the power of God."
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Must be built upon Right Things
•Many trust in the wisdom of men.
–Human wisdom is foolishness with
God
–1 Cor. 1:20
•It is wholly inadequate
–1 Cor. 2:2-5
•It is sand
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Must be built upon Right Things
•There are those who place their
Faith in the preacher
–To the extent of accepting what he
teaches without "examining the
Scriptures daily to see whether these
things were so" Acts 17:11.
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Must be built upon Right Things
•There are those who place their
Faith in the preacher
–We are to "test the spirits to see
whether they are from God, because
many false prophets have gone out into
the world" – 1 John 4:1
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Must be built upon Right Things
•There are those who place their
Faith in the preacher
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–2 Pet. 2:1 "But false prophets also
arose among the people, just as there
will also be false teachers among you,
who will secretly introduce destructive
heresies, even denying the Master who
bought them, bringing swift destruction
upon themselves."
Must be built upon Right Things
•There are those who place their
Faith in the preacher
–Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1; 2 Peter 2:1
–Shifting sand again
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Must be built upon Right Things
•Some trust in their feelings.
–Feelings are deceitful.
•Our feelings are based upon what we
think
•Our thinking upon what we have been
taught.
•If our teaching has been wrong, our
feelings cannot be reliable
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Proverbs 14:12
"There is a way which
seems right to a man, But
its end is the way of
death."
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Must be built upon Right Things
•Some trust in their feelings.
–Feelings are deceitful.
•Our feelings are based upon what we
think
•Our thinking upon what we have been
taught.
•If our teaching has been wrong, our
feelings cannot be reliable
•Shifting, sinking sand again.
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Must be built upon Right Things
•Some trust in majorities.
–They believe if the majority does
something, it must be right.
–But the majority is fickle, changeable,
and often wrong
•Mt. 7:13,14
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Matthew 7:13,14
"Enter through the narrow gate; for the
gate is wide and the way is broad that
leads to destruction, and there are
many who enter through it. 14 "For the
gate is small and the way is narrow that
leads to life, and there are few who find
it."
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Must be built upon Right Things
•Some trust in majorities.
–They believe if the majority does
something, it must be right.
–But the majority is fickle, changeable,
and often wrong
•Mt. 7:13,14
•Yet, once again, shifting sand
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Must be built upon Right Things
•For our foundation to endure and
for our spiritual house to be sure
and safe, it must be built upon solid
rock – Jesus and His word.
–Jesus is the "rock" – Mt. 16:13-18
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Matthew 16:13-18
“Now when Jesus came into the district of
Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His
disciples, "Who do people say that the Son
of Man is?" 14 And they said, "Some say
John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but
still others, Jeremiah, or one of the
prophets." 15 He said to them, "But who do
you say that I am?" …”
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Matthew 16:13-18
“… 16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the
Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 And
Jesus said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon
Barjona, because flesh and blood did not
reveal this to you, but My Father who is in
heaven. 18 "I also say to you that you are
Peter, and upon this rock I will build My
church; and the gates of Hades will not
overpower it.”
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Must be built upon Right Things
•For our foundation to endure and
for our spiritual house to be sure
and safe, it must be built upon solid
rock – Jesus and His word.
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–Jesus is the "rock" – Mt. 16:13-18
–A wise man hears and obeys His
word, and thus builds upon the rock –
Mt. 7:24-27
Matthew 7:24-27
“Therefore everyone who hears these
words of Mine and acts on them, may
be compared to a wise man who built
his house on the rock. 25 "And the rain
fell, and the floods came, and the winds
blew and slammed against that house;
and yet it did not fall, for it had been
founded on the rock. …”
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Matthew 7:24-27
“… 26 "Everyone who hears these
words of Mine and does not act on
them, will be like a foolish man who
built his house on the sand. 27 "The
rain fell, and the floods came, and the
winds blew and slammed against that
house; and it fell—and great was its
fall.”
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Must be built upon Right Things
•For our foundation to endure, it
must be built upon solid rock.
–The Word of the Lord abides forever
–1 Pet. 1:23 "for you have been born
again not of seed which is perishable
but imperishable, that is, through the
living and enduring word of God."
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Must be strong for our life to be right
•A great danger that faces the
Christian is a weak foundation
–A lack of faith:
–Unbelief has always been a
beleaguering sin of God's people:
•Israelites – Ps. 78:32-41
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Psalm 78:32-41
“In spite of all this they still sinned And did
not believe in His wonderful works. 33 So
He brought their days to an end in futility
And their years in sudden terror. 34 When
He killed them, then they sought Him, And
returned and searched diligently for God;
35 And they remembered that God was their
rock, And the Most High God their
Redeemer. …”
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Psalm 78:32-41
“… 36 But they deceived Him with their
mouth And lied to Him with their tongue. 37
For their heart was not steadfast toward
Him, Nor were they faithful in His
covenant. 38 But He, being compassionate,
forgave their iniquity and did not destroy
them; And often He restrained His anger
And did not arouse all His wrath. …”
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Psalm 78:32-41
“… 39 Thus He remembered that they
were but flesh, A wind that passes and
does not return. 40 How often they
rebelled against Him in the wilderness
And grieved Him in the desert! 41
Again and again they tempted God,
And pained the Holy One of Israel.”
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Must be strong for our life to be right
•A great danger that faces the
Christian is a weak foundation
–A lack of faith:
–Unbelief has always been a
beleaguering sin of God's people:
•Israelites
•Heb. 3:19 "... they were not able to enter
because of unbelief."
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Must be strong for our life to be right
•A great danger that faces the
Christian is a weak foundation
–A lack of faith:
–Unbelief has always been a
beleaguering sin of God's people:
•Israelites
•Disciples – Mt. 8:25,26; 14:31; Mk.
16:14
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Matthew 8:25,26
“And they came to Him and woke Him,
saying, "Save us, Lord; we are
perishing!" 26 He said to them, "Why
are you afraid, you men of little faith?"
Then He got up and rebuked the winds
and the sea, and it became perfectly
calm.”
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Matthew 14:31
“Immediately Jesus stretched
out His hand and took hold of
him, and said to him, "You of
little faith, why did you doubt?"”
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Mark 16:14
“Afterward He appeared to the eleven
themselves as they were reclining at the
table; and He reproached them for their
unbelief and hardness of heart, because
they had not believed those who had
seen Him after He had risen.”
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Must be strong for our life to be right
•If the disciples who were with Christ
were faced with this besetting sin,
how much more are we so faced?
–The Bible abounds with warnings
against a lack of faith
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•Heb. 3:12 "Take care, brethren, that
there not be in any one of you an evil,
unbelieving heart that falls away from the
living God."
Consequences of unbelief:
•Excessive anxiety – Mt. 6:25-34
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Matthew 6:25-34
“For this reason I say to you, do not be
worried about your life, as to what you will
eat or what you will drink; nor for your
body, as to what you will put on. Is not life
more than food, and the body more than
clothing? 26 "Look at the birds of the air,
that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather
into barns, and yet your heavenly Father
feeds them. Are you not worth much more
than they? …”
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Matthew 6:25-34
“… 27 "And who of you by being
worried can add a single hour to his
life? 28 "And why are you worried
about clothing? Observe how the lilies
of the field grow; they do not toil nor
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do they spin,
yet I say to you that
not even Solomon in all his glory
clothed himself like one of these. …”
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Matthew 6:25-34
“… 30 "But if God so clothes the grass
of the field, which is alive today and
tomorrow is thrown into the furnace,
will He not much more clothe you? You
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of little faith! "Do not worry then,
saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What
will we drink?' or 'What will we wear
for clothing?' …”
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Matthew 6:25-34
“… 32 "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all
these things; for your heavenly Father
knows that you need all these things. 33
"But seek first His kingdom and His
righteousness, and all these things will be
added to you. 34 "So do not worry about
tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
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Consequences of unbelief:
•Excessive anxiety – Mt. 6:25-34
–A certain amount of concern is normal
and right.
–Worry over little things and being
obsessed with fear and worry,
especially over matters beyond our
control, betrays a weak faith.
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Consequences of unbelief:
•Failure – Mt. 17:14-20
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Matthew 17:14-20
“When they came to the crowd, a man
came up to Jesus, falling on his knees
before Him and saying, 15 "Lord, have
mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and
is very ill; for he often falls into the fire
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and often into the water. "I brought
him to Your disciples, and they could
not cure him." …”
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Matthew 17:14-20
“… 17 And Jesus answered and said,
"You unbelieving and perverted
generation, how long shall I be with
you? How long shall I put up with you?
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Bring him here to Me." And Jesus
rebuked him, and the demon came out
of him, and the boy was cured at
once.…”
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Matthew 17:14-20
“… 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus
privately and said, "Why could we not drive
it out?" 20 And He said to them, "Because
of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say
to you, if you have faith the size of a
mustard seed, you will say to this mountain,
'Move from here to there,' and it will move;
and nothing will be impossible to you.”
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Consequences of unbelief:
•Failure – Mt. 17:14-20
–If we fail to overcome our weaknesses
and faults, perhaps it is because we
don't have enough faith.
–The Lord will help us if we let Him
–Phil. 4:13 "I can do all things through
Him who strengthens me."
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Consequences of unbelief:
•Forsaking the assembly often
results from unbelief.
–Thomas was not present, resulting in
unbelief – John 20:24,25
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John 20:24,25
“But Thomas, one of the twelve, called
Didymus, was not with them when Jesus
came. 25 So the other disciples were saying
to him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he
said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the
imprint of the nails, and put my finger into
the place of the nails, and put my hand into
His side, I will not believe.”
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Consequences of unbelief:
•Forsaking the assembly often
results from unbelief.
–Some refuse to meet Sunday night or
Wednesday night, or whenever saints
meet to worship, because of a weak
faith
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•Mt. 18:20 "For where two or three have
gathered together in My name, I am there
in their midst."
Consequences of unbelief:
•Indifference results from unbelief.
•Many fall from grace because of a
lack of faith
–Heb. 4:11 "Therefore let us be diligent
to enter that rest, so that no one will
fall, through following the same
example of disobedience."
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What A Strong Faith Can Do
•Move mountains
–Mt. 17:20 “… for truly I say to you, if
you have faith the size of a mustard
seed, you will say to this mountain,
'Move from here to there,' and it will
move; and nothing will be impossible to
you."
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What A Strong Faith Can Do
•Move mountains - Mt. 17:20
–Not literal mountains today, but
problems that seem like mountains
–Many things when looked at from a
spiritual and eternal perspective seem
very insignificant.
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What A Strong Faith Can Do
•Cause prayer to be answered.
–James 1:5,6 "But if any of you lacks
wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives
to all generously and without reproach,
and it will be given to him. 6 But he
must ask in faith without any doubting,
for the one who doubts is like the surf of
the sea, driven and tossed by the wind."
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What A Strong Faith Can Do
•Cause prayer to be answered.
–James 1:5,6
–Mt. 21:22 "And all things you ask in
prayer, believing, you will receive."
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What A Strong Faith Can Do
•Cause prayer to be answered.
–James 1:5,6; Mt. 21:22
–James 5:16 "Therefore, confess your
sins to one another, and pray for one
another so that you may be healed. The
effective prayer of a righteous man can
accomplish much."
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Hebrews 4:14-16
“Therefore, since we have a great high
priest who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our
confession. 15 For we do not have a high
priest who cannot sympathize with our
weaknesses, but One who has been tempted
in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16
Therefore let us draw near with confidence
to the throne of grace, so that we may
receive mercy and find grace to help in time
of need.”
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What A Strong Faith Can Do
•Overcome the world
–1 John 5:4 "For whatever is born of
God overcomes the world; and this is
the victory that has overcome the
world—our faith."
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What A Strong Faith Can Do
•Overcome the world
–1 Cor. 10:13 "No temptation has
overtaken you but such as is common to
man; and God is faithful, who will not
allow you to be tempted beyond what
you are able, but with the temptation
will provide the way of escape also, so
that you will be able to endure it."
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What A Strong Faith Can Do
•It can shield us from harm
–Eph. 6:16 "in addition to all, taking up
the shield of faith with which you will
be able to extinguish all the flaming
arrows of the evil one."
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Strengthening our Faith
•Studying God's word
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–Rom. 10:17 “So faith comes from
hearing, and hearing by the word of
Christ.”
–Acts 20:32 "And now I commend you
to God and to the word of His grace,
which is able to build you up and to
give you the inheritance among all
those who are sanctified."
Strengthening our Faith
•Teaching and converting others
–Gal. 6:1 "Brethren, even if anyone is
caught in any trespass, you who are
spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit
of gentleness; each one looking to
yourself, so that you too will not be
tempted."
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John 15:1-8
“I am the true vine, and My Father is
2
the vinedresser. "Every branch in Me
that does not bear fruit, He takes away;
and every branch that bears fruit, He
prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.
3 "You are already clean because of the
word which I have spoken to you. …”
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John 15:1-8
“… 4 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the
branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless
it abides in the vine, so neither can you
unless you abide in Me. 5 "I am the
vine, you are the branches; he who
abides in Me and I in him, he bears
much fruit, for apart from Me you can
do nothing. …”
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John 15:1-8
“… 6 "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is
thrown away as a branch and dries up; and
they gather them, and cast them into the
fire and they are burned. 7 "If you abide in
Me, and My words abide in you, ask
whatever you wish, and it will be done for
you. 8 "My Father is glorified by this, that
you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My
disciples.”
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Strengthening our Faith
•Prayer
–Mk. 9:24 "Immediately the boy's father
cried out and said, "I do believe; help
my unbelief.""
–Lk. 17:5 "The apostles said to the
Lord, "Increase our faith!""
–1 Thess. 5:17 "pray without ceasing;"
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Strengthening our Faith
•By Spending Time with other
Christians - Acts 2:42,46,47
–V.42 “They were continually devoting
themselves to the apostles teaching and
to fellowship, to the breaking of bread
and to prayer”
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Strengthening our Faith
•By Spending Time with other
Christians - Acts 2:42,46,47
–V.46 “Day by day continuing with one
mind in the temple, and breaking bread
from house to house, they were taking
their meals together with gladness and
sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and
having favor with all the people. And
the Lord was adding to their number
day by day those who were being saved”
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1 Peter 5:8
“Be of sober spirit, be on the
alert. Your adversary, the
devil, prowls around like a
roaring lion, seeking
someone to devour.”
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