Growing in Faith



Series A: Promises

1. Importance of Promises

2 Peter 1:3-4
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Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

2 Peter 1:3-4


2. Importance of Promises

2 Corinthians 1:20
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For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 1:20


3. Promises for Ministry

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4


4. Promises for Ministry

1 Corinthians 3:7-8
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So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.

1 Corinthians 3:7-8


5. Promises for Fulfilled Life

Psalm 1:2-3
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But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

Psalm 1:2-3


6. Promises for Fulfilled Life

2 Peter 1:8
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For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:8


7. Promises for Help in Trouble

1 Peter 5:10
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And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

1 Peter 5:10


8. Promises for Help in Trouble

2 Corinthians 12:9
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But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

2 Corinthians 12:9


9. Promises for Provision

Ephesians 1:3
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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Ephesians 1:3


10. Promises for Provision

Psalm 37:4-6
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Delight yourself in the Lord
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Psalm 37:4-6


11. Promises for Forgiveness

1 John 2:1-2
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My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense —Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 2:1-2


12. Promises for Forgiveness

Psalm 103:12
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As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Psalm 103:12


Series B: Word

13. Power

Hebrews 4:12
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For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12


14. Power

Isaiah 55:10-11
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“As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Isaiah 55:10-11


15. Inspiration

2 Peter 1:20-21
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Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

2 Peter 1:20-21


16. Inspiration

1 Thessalonians 2:13
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And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.

1 Thessalonians 2:13


17. Nourishment

Jeremiah 15:16
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Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name,
O Lord God of hosts.

Jeremiah 15:16


18. Nourishment

Job 23:12
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“I have not departed from the command of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”

Job 23:1


19. Know

Acts 17:11
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Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

Acts 17:11


20. Know

Psalm 119:125
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I am your servant; give me discernment
that I may understand your statutes.

Psalm 119:125


21. Obey

John 8:31-32
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So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:31-32


22. Obey

Matthew 4:4
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Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4:4


23. Reliability

Matthew 24:35
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“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

Matthew 24:35


24. Reliability

John 17:17
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“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”

John 17:17


Series C: Faith

25. Testing of Faith

1 Peter 1:6-7
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In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

1 Peter 1:6-7


26. Testing of Faith

James 1:2-4
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Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:2-4


27. Results of Unbelief

Hebrews 4:2
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For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.

Hebrews 4:2


28. Results of Unbelief

Hebrews 10:38
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“But my righteous one will live by faith.
And if he shrinks back,
I will not be pleased with him.”

Hebrews 10:38


29. The Battle of Faith

Ephesians 6:16
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In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.

Ephesians 6:16


30. The Battle of Faith

1 Timothy 6:11-12
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But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:11-12


31. Source of Faith

Hebrews 11:1
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Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1


32. Source of Faith

Romans 10:17
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So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Romans 10:17


33. Faith in Action

Hebrews 6:12
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We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Hebrews 6:12


34. Faith in Action

James 2:17
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In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

James 2:17


35. Justification by Faith

Galatians 2:16
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Know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.

Galatians 2:16


36. Justification by Faith

Romans 5:1
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Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:1


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