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Spiritual Growth. 1 Peter 1:22 – 2:3. 1. Man’s Spiritual Condition. Sin brings death, Rom. 6:23 All have sinned, Rom. 3:23 Only hope for reconciliation to God is blood of Christ, 1 Pet. 1:18-19 (Col. 1:19-20) Until then we remain dead in our sin, Eph. 2:1-3; Col. 1:21-22. 2.

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spiritual growth

Spiritual Growth

1 Peter 1:22 – 2:3

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man s spiritual condition
Man’s Spiritual Condition
  • Sin brings death, Rom. 6:23
  • All have sinned, Rom. 3:23
  • Only hope for reconciliation to God is blood of Christ, 1 Pet. 1:18-19 (Col. 1:19-20)
    • Until then we remain dead in our sin,Eph. 2:1-3; Col. 1:21-22

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man s spiritual condition3
Man’s Spiritual Condition
  • Cannot draw closer to God while living in sin, Eph. 4:17-19, 22
    • Reconciled must “continue in the faith”Col. 1:23; Eph. 4:11-16
    • We all need spiritual growth,2 Pet. 3:18

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spiritual growth spiritual rebirth john 3 3 8
Spiritual Growth…Spiritual Rebirth John 3:3-8
  • Sinner must be born again, 1 Pet. 1:22-23
    • Plan of salvation, Acts 16:30-31; Mk. 16:16; Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 2:38
  • New creatures who begin to grow, 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 Pet. 2:1-2

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spiritual growth ongoing process 2 peter 3 18
Spiritual Growth…Ongoing Process 2 Peter 3:18
    • Faith is the foundation for spiritual growth, 2 Pet. 1:3-5 (1 Pet. 1:5)
  • Growth is personal responsibility of faith
  • Growth requires personal diligence, 2 Pet. 1:5, 10 (1 Pet. 1:13); Lk. 9:23

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giving all diligence 2 peter 1 5 7
Giving All Diligence – 2 Peter 1:5-7
  • Knowledge: True knowledge of God & His will
  • Virtue: Moral courage
  • Self-control: Self-discipline, submission of self
  • Patience: Endurance, staying power
  • Godliness: Active reverence toward God
  • Brotherly kindness: Warm concern, courtesy
  • Love: Actively seek the welfare of others

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resist sinful desires 1 peter 1 14 16 2 11
Resist Sinful Desires 1 Peter 1:14-16; 2:11
  • Obedient children in all holiness
    • Partake of God’s holiness (Heb. 12:10; Col. 1:22)
    • Do not participate in worldliness (Jas 4:4)
  • By spiritual growth we discern good & evil, Heb. 5:14

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resist false doctrine ephesians 4 14
Resist False Doctrine Ephesians 4:14
  • The saved escaped “those who live in error”2 Pet. 2:18
  • False teachers (error) enslave again, 2 Pet. 2:19
  • Warned against false teachers with their destructive heresies, 2 Pet. 2:1-3

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resist false doctrine ephesians 4 149
Resist False Doctrine Ephesians 4:14
  • Such errors include…
    • Evolution & modernism…Moral relativism
    • Immoral lifestyle choices
    • Religious errors
  • Hold fast to truth,2 Tim. 1:13; 2:15

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spiritual growth is rewarded
Spiritual Growth is Rewarded
  • Heavenly inheritance, 1 Pet. 1:4-9
    • Incorruptible: Not liable to decay, imperishable
    • Undefiled: Unsoiled, no contamination (Rev. 21:27)
    • Does not fade away: Perennial; unending
    • Reserved in heaven for you: Kept, guarded, preserved

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spiritual growth is personal
Spiritual Growth is Personal
  • Your growth is up to you, Heb. 5:12
  • Diligently obey with full assurance of hope, faith & patience, Heb. 6:9-12
  • Be strong in the Lord, Eph. 6:10

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