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2Thessalonians, Chapter One, Lesson One

ENLARGED FAITH            Page 4
V. 3 (cont'd.)

** Is it unusual for the faith of Christians to grow?

No - again! It is the norm, it is expected, if it is the real thing. cf. Ephesians 4:15, 1Peter 2:2

** So how are we to respond when we witness the growth in faith by a brother or sister in Christ?

We are obligated and bound to give thanks to God. It is "only fitting" because of the glory due to His name.

** Can you think of a passage of Scripture which would prove to us that the growth of our faith is caused by God Himself?

1Corinthians 3:6-7 - "...God who causes the growth..."

** As true saving faith grows, what grows with it?

"...and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater."

** It then becomes fair to say that when you see an increasing "love for the brethren", you are witnessing a byproduct of "Enlarged Faith". But who taught these believers to love one another?

God Himself - again! cf. 1Thessalonians 4:9

** How closely is genuine saving faith tied to the fact that Christians have a growing love for one another?

It is an undeniable reality. cf. 1Peter 1:22
Peter says, "...fervently love one another from the heart." Fervently translates ektenos, which is a compound adverb, composed of the preposition "ek", "out" and a verbal root meaning "to stretch". It draws the picture of something stretched out and extended to the limit.

** How far will this love go to prove the "Enlarged Faith" which gave it birth?

We care more for the lives of our brothers and sisters than we do for our own life! A truly unique characteristic of Biblical Christianity. cf. 1John 3:16

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