Presentation on theme: "Grow in Grace Part 1. The Christian life begins with a birth –R–Receiving Christ we are born again – Jn 1:12-13 –N–Nicodemus & the new birth – Jn 3:1-13."— Presentation transcript:
The Christian life begins with a birth –R–Receiving Christ we are born again – Jn 1:12-13 –N–Nicodemus & the new birth – Jn 3:1-13 –T–The Christian is a New Creation – 2 Cor 5:17 After birth must come growth –W–We must start with milk then move to solid food –1–1 Pet 2:1-2; 1 Cor 3:1-2; Heb 5:12 Introduction
Growing in grace defined –G–Grace is used in 2 senses: In God: it is undeserved (unmerited favor) In men it is Holiness –T–To grow in grace is to grow in holiness, to be more like God and to govern our conduct more and more by the same principles that God does –G–Growing in grace is not gradually giving up sin. We must, at salvation, give up sin instantly and wholly. What is growth in grace?
Love Christ with all your heart soul & mind –M–Mt 22:35-38 Repent of all sin –A–Acts 3:19 & Acts 17:29-30 Maintain a desire to learn more of Gods way –P–Ps 119:97; Ps 1:1-2; 2 Tim 3:14-15 Avoid those sins which easily ensnare us –H–Heb 12:1 How to grow in grace
Steer clear of pride –P–Prov 16:18; Prov 11:2; Mt 23:12 Control your temper / anger –P–Ps 37:8; Ecc 7:9; Eph 4:31 Dont give into selfishness –D–Deut 15:7-11; Phil 2:3; Heb 13:16 Dont be lazy –P–Prov 6:6-11; Prov 10:4; Col 3:23; Jam 1:22 How to grow in grace
Avoid all envy –P–Prov 14:30; 1 Cor 13:4; Jam 3:14-16 Remove all impure thoughts –P–Ps 119:9-11; 2 Tim 2:22; Col 3:2-7 Remain diligent in your service to the Lord –P–Ps 118:6; 1 Cor 15:58; Lk 6:22-23 Live a life of meekness –P–Ps 25:8-10; Ps 37:8-13; Mt 5:5; Jam 3:13; Rom 12:17-21
Summary of Part 1 Begin a new life/birth & grow Grow in grace that is unmerited and holy By loving Christ, desire God & avoid sin Be selfless, zealous & pure