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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for 2 Thessalonians 1:3

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GROWING FAITH
Intro: Our relationship to God is a faith relationship. Faith is the key that unlocks the doors to all His benefits. Faith often begins very small, but it grows. The potential of faith - moving mountains.
I. THE DISADVANTAGES OF A LITTLE FAITH.
A. When your faith began it was very small.
1. Faith just to consider Jesus Christ.
2. Faith to come to Christ.
3. Faith to rely on Christ, for salvation.
4. Faith to trust Him for daily needs.
5. Faith to rest in Jesus Christ.
B. Little faith possesses, but it knows not that it possesses.
1. God has saved you from your sin by your faith in Jesus Christ.
a. Yet you fear for your salvation.
b. You sometimes doubt if you are really saved.
1. Because of your attitudes or actions you feel as if you've made Him angry.
C. Little faith is beset by needless fears.
1. It can imagine all kinds of problems where no problem exists. The "what if" syndrome.
2. If things are going bad, it fears they will never change.
3. If things are going good, it fears that it is a bad omen. Something bad must be going...
D. Little faith lacks assurance.
1. Thus, little faith lacks joy in Christ.
2. Thus, Iittle faith seems aIways to be constantly worried.
E. Little faith does not rest.
1. Cannot rest in finished work of Christ.
2. Cannot rest in the promises of God.
a. Written his own bible, "God helps those who help themselves."
3. Thus little faith lacks real peace.
II. HOW CAN FAITH BE INCREASED?
A. By knowing God better.
1. "He that cometh to God must believe..."
2. The more you know His power, plan, love, and concern, the more faith.
3. This knowledge obtained through the Word. So to increase your faith you must read the Word.
B. By exercise.
1. Take a promise of God and stand on it.
a. Note that many promises conditional, you fulfill your port then wait.
b. When God fulfill's His, then mark by that promise T & P, tried & proved.
c. When beset again with the same problem, go back to that promise and note it's been tried and proven.
2. Take care that you wait for God to work.
a. "But you have need of patience that after ye have done the will of God, you might obtain the promise."
b. So often fear takes over and we move in.
c. God does not always conform to my time schedules. I deal in hours and minutes, He deals in eons and eternity.
1. Ok, God I'll give you 5 minutes to work it out.
d. When is too late?
1. Eviction in Corona.
2. Eating beans to survive in ministry.
C. By fellowship with the saints.
1. There is an atmosphere where faith stunted.
a. School, work, sometimes home. The least little thing goes wrong, "Well, where is your God now?"
2. We gather in fellowship here. We share our love and relate our experiences to each other and faith grows.
May God grant that your faith will grow exceedingly.
Sermon Notes for 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for 1 Thessalonians 1:3 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for 1 Timothy 1:15 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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