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Pt. 1. Perfecting Our Faith. “ Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?” 1 Thessalonians 3:10 (KJV) NKJV “perfect what is lacking in your faith” NASB “complete what is lacking in your faith”.

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Pt. 1

Perfecting Our Faith

“Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?” 1 Thessalonians 3:10 (KJV)

NKJV “perfect what is lacking in your faith”

NASB “complete what is lacking in your faith”

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“Beloved, while I was giving all diligence to write unto you of our common salvation, I was constrained to write unto you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints.” Jude 3

in God’s existence

in God’s Son as our Lord

in God’s Word to direct our lives

FAITH

Individual ~ “your faith”

NKJV = “perfect what is lacking in your faith”

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v. 2 and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith,

1 Thes. 3

Your

FAITH

v. 5 For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain.

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1 Thes. 3

Your

FAITH

Grows and develops

Perfecting our Faith

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Faith must be developed Gradually

“perfect that which is lacking in your faith”

  • Turned to God from Idols -1 Thes. 1:9
  • Commended - faith, patience, love -1:3
  • Examples - 1: 7-8
  • Suffered persecution - 2:14

“Lacking” = having a deficiency, that which is behind

Heb.4:1 “to come short of it”

John 2:3 “wanting”

“Perfect” = fit together in proper succession, mend

Matt.4:21 - mending their nets

Takes Time to Perfect

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Fellowship Perfects Faith

“and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith,” 1 Thes. 3:2

Establish

Strengthen, confirm

Luke 22:31-32 Romans 1:11

Encourage

KJV = Comfort

To call along side

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Stability in Trials Perfects Faith

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4

2 Cor. 12:7-10 “thorn in the flesh”

Abraham - not born father of the faithful

Joseph and Moses - struggled to lead

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Paul predicted trouble - 1 Thes. 3:2-4

It happened - Acts 17:5-9 = Jason

Did not destroy their faith - made it stronger

Enduring Trials

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Tim. 3:12

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Resistance to Temptation Perfects Faith

Tempted

Tested

Refining of faith

James 1:2-4

Destroy our faith

James 1:12-15

Endured = Stronger

Paul feared for the Thessalonians

New Converts are vulnerable

Pagan environment = idolatry

Jewish hostility

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Resistance to temptation comes from within - FAITH

Paul wanted to know their faith - 1 Thes. 3:5

Timothy brought good news of their faith - 1Thes.3:6

When we are faced with Temptation

Strength of our faith determines our success

Weak faith - tempted to evil = yield

Strong faith - tempted to evil = resist

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Perfecting Our Faith

Faith must be developed Gradually

Fellowship Perfects Faith

Stability in Trials Perfects Faith

Resistance to Temptation Perfects Faith

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Sermon by Arthur Pigman

Evans Church of Christ

515 Gibbs Road

Evans, Ga. 30809

706-855-1249

evanscoc@bellsouth.net

www.evansgachurchofchrist.org

Sunday Morning August 5, 2012