CHRISTIAN CHARACTER CLINIC

2 Peter 1:5-7

 

WEEK #2 BEDROCK = FAITH

 

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.

 

 

       How is faith a distinctive part of Christianity?

       How has faith made a difference in your life?

       What are some things that you have done using your Christian faith?

 

The basic, bedrock quality that a Christian must have is faith. In this passage it is saving faith on which Christian character is built. Saving faith is essential, but there are other kinds of faith that the Christian needs to practice. The more we have established, developed, and practiced our faith, the more we will be able to develop the Christian characteristics that follow.

SAVING FAITH

Romans 5:1 - Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

 

Romans 10:13 - For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

1 John 5:12 - He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

SEEKING FAITH

Hebrews 11:6 - But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. [6] In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

SEEING FAITH

Isaiah 26:3-4 - Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. [4] Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:

 

Hebrews 12:2 - Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

SHARING FAITH

 

Acts 1:8 - But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 

1 Peter 3:15 - But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

SERVING FAITH

1 Peter 4:10-11 - As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. [11] If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

SIMPLE FAITH

Luke 17:3-6 - Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. [4] And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. [5] And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. [6] And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

 

Mark 11:22-24 - And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. [23] For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. [24] Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

STRETCHED FAITH

James 1:2-4 - My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; [3] Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. [4] But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

SUBMISSIVE FAITH

James 4:7 - Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

Ephesians 5:21 - Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

 

 

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