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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


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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


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Add to Your Virtue Knowledge

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

2 Peter 1:5


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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


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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.”


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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)


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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)


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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)


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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)


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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!


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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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