Chapter One, Lesson One
ENLARGED FAITH Page
V. 4 ** So Paul is saying that their faith and love
for each other are growing, what did that cause him to do?
"therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches
** Isn't it a sin to be prideful?
Only when it is used to commend ourselves and not to commend what the
Lord has done in others. All see - 1Corinthians 1:26 and 2Corinthians
10:14-18 with Acts 15:3-4
** Now, back in 2Thessalonians 1:4, what were the two things about which
Paul felt he could proudly speak unto the glory of God?
The "perseverance and faith" of the Thessalonians. When Paul
used the word for perseverance (hupomone), he was speaking literally
of a willingness to "remain behind" or a "patient enduring".
God had produce this Christ honoring characteristic in the "Enlarged
Faith" of the Thessalonians.
** If we were to observe a brother or sister demonstrating this kind
of growing faith characteristic, what should we do according to the example
set before us by Paul in this passage?
We should share it with other Christians to encourage their growth
and maturity, while at the same time give glory to God.
** How do you suppose the Thessalonians felt upon reading this portion
of Paul's letter?
In must have encouraged them tremendously, because of their great love
and respect for Paul.
cf. 1Thessalonians 5:11 and 14 (Paul's passion to be encouraging to
his fellow believer)
** Before we conclude our passage for today, let's take one more look
at the perseverance and faith of the Thessalonians. Where did it all take
place, was theirs a "piece-of-cake" walk with Christ?
Absolutely not! Their perseverance and faith were displayed "in
the midst of all [their] persecutions and afflictions which [they] endured.
** How were they able to do that, in light of how young they were in
Two things made it possible, both from the Lord.
1Corinthians 10:13 - God is faithful!
2Corinthians 12:9-10 - God's grace is sufficient!
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