8027 faith, testing of
The means through which the genuineness of faith is proved and Christian character developed. God promises to help his people during times of testing.
God allows faith to be tested
Examples of God testing faith Abraham is told to sacrifice Isaac: Ge 22:1-2; Heb 11:17-19
Dt 8:2-5 God tested Israel in the desert; Jdg 7:1-8 God reduces Gideon’s army; Mt 15:21-28 pp Mk 7:24-30 Jesus Christ appears to discourage the Canaanite woman; Jn 11:1-6 Jesus Christ delays going to Bethany when Lazarus is ill.
Means by which faith is tested
God’s promise of help during testing
The response to trials
Rejoicing at sharing Jesus Christ’s suffering 1Pe 4:12-13
Examples of faith victorious through testing
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