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

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 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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