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Growing in Grace: Exercising Your Faith

  • April 22, 2012
  • Jim Gerlach
  • Series: Growing in Grace
 

Growing in Grace: Exercising Your Faith

Growing in Grace in I Peter 1

That the work of God for us (justification) and the work of God in us (regeneration) would now work through us and out of us.

 

Two common mistakes Christians make in their spiritual growth:

  • laziness
  • busyness

 

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  II Peter 1:5-7 

 

Peter identifies seven character traits that come from God by exercising your faith.

  • They share a connection.  
  • They move in a direction
  • They provide both protection and blessing.

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. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. II Peter 1:8-11

 

Goodness and Knowledge

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; II Peter 1:5

 

1. Goodness – virtue; moral energy; spiritual vigor

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Philippians 4:8

 

2. Knowledge – understanding, insight and discernment

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  John 15:15  (Luke 2:52; Phil. 3:10)

 
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