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1 Solid Steps of Christian Growth A Study of 2 Peter 1:1-11

2 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

3 Add to Your Virtue Knowledge
Personally knowing something to be true, not just accepting it as true 2 Peter 1:5

4 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

5 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.”

6 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)

7 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)

8 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)

9 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)

10 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!

11 Conclusion Faith… It is where we all start Add to your Faith, Virtue…
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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