Sunday, August 18, 2013

And Besides This…Add to Your Faith Part II

II Peter 1:1-11
The tragedy of many Christian lives is that they are filled with incomplete promise.  Peter had much to say about how the Christian life is to be lived to the fullest of its potential. 
Our nation has lost its Social Conscience.
The goal of discipleship is to develop disciples who develop disciples.
I. Realize our Potentialv.8-11
A. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing… v.8a
1. You will produce fruit. v.8b
2. You will have assurance and demonstrate your salvation. v.10a
3. You will be a follower of truth not as easily ensnared by lies. v.10b
4. You will gain an abundant entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. v.11
B. For he who lacks these qualities…   v.9a
1. You will be spiritually blind. v.9a
2. You will be concerned only for the moment not eternity. v.9a
3. You will be cold and indifferent. v.9b
II. Recognize God's Provision for Growth and Ministry.  v.l-4
A. Faith  v.1
1. A received faith
2.  An equal faith
3. A costly faith
B. Multiplied Grace and Peace   v.2
"Grace" - power to perform God's will – unmerited favor
"Peace" - the result of the work of grace – inner wholeness
"Be multiplied" - abounding to the level of every need
The Christian life is a RELATIONSHIP, not a religion.
C. Everything Pertaining to Life and Godliness  v.3
When you are born into the family of God, you are born complete.
D. Precious and Magnificent Promises  v.4a
If you believe one promise from God’s Word, why would you not believe another? 
E. His Divine Nature  v.4b
Believers are a “new creation.”  2 Corinthians 5:17
F. Power over Sin  v.4c

Godly living is the result of cultivating the Divine nature within us.  

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