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Pt. 2 “ 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)

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1 Pt. 2 “ 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) “Perfect” = fit together in proper succession, mend Matt.4:21 - mending their nets

2 Galatians 1:23 (ESV) “They only were hearing it said, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” in God’s existence in God’s Son as our Lord in God’s Word to direct our lives NKJV = “perfect what is lacking in your faith”

3 Faith must be developed Gradually Resistance to Temptation Perfects Faith Stability in Trials Perfects Faith Fellowship Perfects Faith

4 Steadfastness in the Christian Life “For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.” 1 Thes. 3:8 To cause a thing to be in place Persevering in a given activity

5 Gal. 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty… I Cor 16:13, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” 1 Cor. 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” Phil 4:1 “Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.”

6  Status  Possessions  Intelligence Steadfastness in the Christian Life

7 Prayer Perfects Faith Exercise of faith - we pray because we Believe in God Where there is much faith, there is much prayer As we exercise our faith, then faith grows !

8 “For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;” 1 Thes. 3:9 1 Thes. 3:10 “Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?” 1 Thes. 3:11 “Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.” Prayer Perfects Faith

9 Christian Virtues Perfects Faith 1 Thes. 3:12 “And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:” 1 Thes. 3:13 “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.”

10 2 Peter 1:5-7 ¶ And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. Christian Virtues Perfects Faith Love

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12 Paul prayed that their love would “increase and abound” News of their faith and love spread – 1 Thes. 1:8 “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;” Phil.1:9 Christian Virtues Perfects Faith

13 Love Toward Each other 1 Thes. 4:9-10 – they loved one another John 13:34,35 - “by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” 1 Pet. 1:22 “…unfeigned love of the brethren…” 1 John 4:10,11 “beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” Christian Virtues Perfects Faith Sincere

14 Awareness of Second Coming Paul came to Thessalonica and taught them about Jesus - Acts 17:2,3 Faith in Jesus also relates to the future…. 1 Thes. 3:13 “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.”

15 Awareness of Second Coming Hope in return of Jesus gives strength to our faith All history is moving toward the final destruction “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:10

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17 2 Peter 3:11 ¶ Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

18  Fellow Christians  Enduring trials  Overcoming temptations  Prayer  Christian Virtues  Remember next coming of Jesus

19 Faith = Believe Repentance = Change Confession = Admission Baptism = Remission "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” Mk.16:16

20 Sermon by Arthur Pigman Evans Church of Christ 515 Gibbs Road Evans, Ga Sunday Morning August 12, 2012


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