Sunday, August 25, 2013

And Besides This…Add to Your Faith Part III

II Peter 1:1-11
There are some things we can add to our faith that will make a difference in our walk and witness.  Peter shares the foundation God has laid for us through Christ. 
II. Recognize God's Provision for Growth and Ministry.  v.l-4
A. Faith  v.1
B. Multiplied Grace and Peace   v.2
We place our hand of faith in God’s hand of grace and discover a peace that passes understanding.
"Grace" - unmerited favor; power to perform God's will
"Peace" - the result of the work of grace – inner wholeness
"Be multiplied" - abounding to the level of every need
"In the knowledge of the Lord Jesus" - The Christian life is a Relationship, not a Religion.
C. All We Need for Life and Godliness  v.3
When you are born into the family of God by faith in Christ, 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
As a baby shares the nature of its parents, a person born of God shares the Divine nature of God.
     Believers are a “new creation.”  2 Corinthians 5:17
F. Power over Sin  v.4c
The power that raised Jesus from the grave is the same power that is available for us to walk in victory over sin.
Godly living is the result of cultivating the Divine nature within us.  

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