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  1. Grace in action

  2. 2 Corinthians 8:9 • For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

  3. What is grace? • Good done to others who do not deserve it. • The riches of God given to lost sinners. • God’s riches at Christ’s expense. • Unmerited favor

  4. Mercy and grace • Mercy = God sparing me the punishment I deserve, by punishing His own Son. • Grace = God giving me the blessings only His Son deserves.

  5. Grace is not stagnant • How can I be a gracious person?

  6. Humility • Start here. 1 Peter 5:5 • God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble. • 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

  7. Be sober-minded • 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour • 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

  8. He will… • 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

  9. 2 Peter 1 • 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

  10. What reason ? • 3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,

  11. What reasons? • 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

  12. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

  13. The growth spiral • Add to your faith • Doing Good • Faith + Virtue

  14. The growth spiral • Add knowledge • Faith = Virtue = Knowledge

  15. The growth spiral • Add Self Control • Fruit of the Spirit • Faith +Virtue + Knowledge + Self Control

  16. The growth spiral • Steadfastness • Perseverance • Hang in there even when it gets really hard • Faith + Virtue + Knowledge + Self Control + Steadfastness

  17. The growth spiral • Godliness • Christ formed in you • His glory transferred into my life • Faith + Virtue + Knowledge + Self Control + Steadfastness + Godliness

  18. The growth spiral • Brotherly Kindness • Faith + Virtue + Knowledge + Self Control + Steadfastness + Godliness + Brotherly Kindness

  19. The growth spiral • Love • The very essence of God flowing out of my life. • Faith + Virtue + Knowledge + Self Control + Steadfastness + Godliness + Kindness + Love

  20. Not two dimensional, three

  21. Keep the cycle going • 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  22. But… • 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.