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Solid Steps of Christian Growth A Study of 2 Peter 1:1-11. God’s Call to Spiritual Growth. The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. Psalm 37:23,24.

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Solid Steps

of Christian

Growth

A Study of 2 Peter 1:1-11

god s call to spiritual growth
God’s Call to Spiritual Growth

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. Psalm 37:23,24

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. John 15:8

add to your virtue knowledge

Add to Your Virtue Knowledge

Personally knowing something to be true, not just accepting it as true

2 Peter 1:5

review
Review
  • We all start off spiritually dead - religious, sinful, lost…
  • Hear the Gospel (what Jesus did for you)
  • Respond in faith – faith alone, believing God, crying out to Him to save you!
  • We start adding to our faith, VIRTUE
  • Next we need to add to our virtue KNOWLEDGE
introduction 1 peter 2 1 2
Introduction - 1 Peter 2:1,2
  • Have some answers for the problems you go through, and answers for the uncertainties in those troubles
  • If you could just KNOW some things, the devil will not be able to easily scare you anymore!

John 8:32“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

what is biblical knowledge
What is Biblical Knowledge?
  • Knowledge alone is wrong
  • God’s Knowledge is what we need
    • A confidence, a calm assurance in what I KNOW to be true and real, in spite of how I feel!
    • An intimacy with some things (knowing something through and through)
    • Something proven to be True
  • Grow in Knowledge (2Peter 3:18)
things a christian should firmly know inside and out
Things a Christian Should Firmly KNOW Inside and Out
  • God Himself (Jeremiah 9:23,24)
  • God keeps His promises (Romans 4:17-21)
  • Your eternal destiny (Job 19:25; John 5:24)
  • You are different because of Jesus Christ (Jn 9:25; 2Cor 5:17)
  • The will of God for your life (Romans 12:1,2)
  • You reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7)
  • What is clearly right and clearly wrong (Amos 5:15)
  • People are wicked and in need of God and His word (Deut 31:29; Acts 20:29,32; Romans 7:18)
  • Troubles are ultimately God’s business (Ps 119:75)
  • The Joy of the Lord (Nehemiah 8:10)
  • The Fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7)
why some things will be hard to understand 2peter 3 15 16
Why Some Things will be Hard to Understand (2Peter 3:15,16)
  • Some things are meat, so you have got to study your Bible (chew on it for a while)
  • Some things must be experienced yourself before they are understood
  • Some things are meant for others
  • Some things may never be fully understood (1Corinthians 13:12)
a christian s life without a growing amount of biblical knowledge
A Christian’s Life without a Growing Amount of Biblical Knowledge
  • Dead, dry, empty and worthless – why?
    • Because all the information of the world won’t help your soul
    • You need to get to know things inside and out
    • More than just memorising letters on a page, facts, figures, names – who cares?! Real Knowledge is learning the WHY’S of the facts, and the MORALS of the events of history!
  • Simple knowledge is like a boring relationship – nothing more to talk about, discover, explore – life should not be that way!
    • Marriage –be a little intriguing, always exploring (1Pet 3:7)
    • Bible – go on a treasure hunt – deeper still deeper
    • Prayer – see how much grace you can tap into (James 5:16)
how to grow in knowledge
How to Grow in Knowledge
  • Grow in grace first (2Pet 3:18)
  • Study out what you believe for yourself
    • Personal devotions and Bible Study at home
    • Church meetings – learning all the time
    • Discipleship lessons
    • Bible Institute
  • Teach others – get answers for them
  • Test what you think you know
  • Keep your knowledge practical (Heb 13:9; 1Cor 8:1) and balanced with love!
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Faith… It is where we all start
    • Believe fully on the Lord Jesus Christ
    • Follow Him, trusting Him and loving Him fully
  • Add to your Faith, Virtue…
    • Don’t hesitate to line up your life with Jesus’
    • Become a real man, a real woman – quit caving into the pressure around you
    • Seek the filling of the Holy Spirit of God
  • And to your Virtue, Knowledge
    • Personal, intimate, thorough knowledge
    • Have answers to problems, fears, uncertainties
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