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Christians are called to have a growing faith, built up by prayer and the encouragement of others, and also through testing.

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Examples of growing faith

2 Thessalonians 1:3 ESV
We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
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Weak faith

Weak faith rebuked

Matthew 6:28–30 ESV
And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
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Other examples of weak faith

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Strong faith

Strong faith commended and encouraged

Hebrews 10:22 ESV
let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
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The faith of OT leaders

Obadiah; Hezekiah

The faith of Christian leaders

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Paul’s encouragements to Timothy:

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Other examples of strong faith

Habakkuk 3:17–18 ESV
Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
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The growth of faith

Praying for more faith

Luke 17:5 ESV
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
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The encouragement of others

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Faith strengthened through testing

Romans 4:18–21 ESV
In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
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