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Evidence Of Christian Growth (2 of 6)
2 Peter 1:5-7
July 23, 2006
INTRODUCTION: This is the list of virtues that should be growing in the life of the believer: moral excellency, practical wisdom, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and unselfish love. When we look at such a list and at our own lives, our first reaction might be to give up. However, we need to remember that there is a cooperative effort between the believer and God as they work together to produce these qualities. The important question for each believer to ask himself is, "Are all of these qualities growing in my life?"
Once we place faith in Jesus Christ, our Christian life:
1. Begins in the knowledge of Him Who calls us
(2 Peter 1:3)
2. Continues in the knowledge of God and of Jesus
(2 Peter 1:2, 5)
3. Will end in the full knowledge of the One Who makes all
these virtues possible. (2 Peter 1:8)
This passage reminds me that I have divine provisions available to me if I will but submit (yield) to His challenge of Christian growth.
2 Peter 3:18, "but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen."
I. PERSEVERANCE. 6
A. PERSEVERANCE IS THE PROOF OF FAITH.
2 Timothy 1:12, "For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day."
Whom – not what!
The Apostle John says of those who abandon the faith,
1 John 2:19, "They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us."
Authentic faith guarantees perseverance in the faith. On the other hand, Scripture is full of exhortations urging us to persevere.
A. PERSEVERANCE IN THE POWE ...
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