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Folks let me tell you a fact — Christian Growth is not a matter of how many — it is a matter of how much. Let me explain this statement to you. Christian Growth is not a matter of how many times I have attended church this year — it is a matter of how much closer have I drawn to Christ this year.
This is a real danger of those of us whose vocation is being a minister of God. The truth is — just because a person that has gone to seminary does not make them more spiritual.
2 Peter 3:18
You can attend classes but that does not mean that you have obtained Godly character. Many people have thought that if they just attended church more that somehow they would automatically become more Godly. It doesn't work that way. Let me illustrate it this way: I make a decision that over the next year I am going to get more physically healthy. I decide the way to do it is to go to the gym ever day.
So at 5 am every morning I go down to the gym and spend an hour there. I go down to the gym and take my lawn chair — set it right in the middle of the gym floor, flop myself down in the chair and watch everybody work out. I am doing great. But I am thankful that I am spending time in the gym every day.limitless.solidhosting.pro
What Does 2 Peter Mean?
You see physical conditioning is not a matter of how many hours I spend in the gym every day — it is a matter of how much I am strengthening my body by exercising it. Christian growth is about the quality of life. It is about how much closer I am getting to God. Am I closer to God today than I was yesterday? Christian growth is about character change. How much do I show love my wife and the people around me?
Am I am allowing God's grace to flow through me? Christian growth is a matter of how much my character is being changed by God's power.
Jesus said this way:. God gave us His saving grace to get us started — but God also gives us daily grace to keep us going and growing. God wants our lives to be changed. I believe that God has a process for Christian Growth. It begins by grace — but it also continues by grace. There are a lot of tough lessons that you only learn by trial and error. Sometimes you fall flat on your face. You have to get up and keep trying again.
Grace is the key to a relationship with God because He both saves us by His grace Eph. But grace is opposed to every human way of approaching God, and so we have to be on guard constantly so that we do not lapse into a merit system with God. The world operates on the merit system. If you work for good grades in school, you can get into college. You work hard in college and you get rewarded with a good job. You work hard on the job and you are rewarded with pay increases and promotions. In the merit system, you get what you deserve and you deserve what you get. You get into heaven based on what you have done.
The merit system rewards our achievement and feeds our pride. But grace is opposed to the merit system. Grace means undeserved favor. Paul explains Rom. But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.
How do we grow in the grace which comes from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? If you, dear friend, would be truly humble, you must look at your Savior, for then you will say,. When you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, you will be sure to grow in humility. When you trust in Christ as Savior, you yield all of yourself that you know to all of Christ that you know. You need both. Michael Green explains p. But Christ is not just a subject to be studied; He also is a person to be known. We should be growing to know Him personally on a deeper and deeper level as we spend frequent time with Him in His Word and in prayer.
So Peter tells us that to persevere as a Christian, we must guard ourselves from spiritual error and grow in the grace and knowledge of Him. God will not share His glory with anyone Isa. Clearly, Jesus Christ is God. The overarching theme of the Christian life is to glorify the triune God in everything. This means that our aim in growing in grace is not so that we can feel happier or more fulfilled or more significant. Rather, our lives should exalt Christ, so that through us others may see how great He truly is. He alone is worthy! When is He to be glorified? Both now and to the day of eternity.
We begin now! Glorify Him both now and unto the day of eternity! At the Olympics in Mexico City, the last of the marathon runners were being carried off the field to first aid stations about an hour after the winner had crossed the finish line. Just a few spectators remained in the stands when they suddenly heard the sound of sirens and police whistles. All eyes turned to the gate to see John Stephen Akhwari, wearing the colors of Tanzania, limping into the stadium.
His leg was bloodied and bandaged from a bad fall. He hobbled around the track past the finish line as the crowd rose and applauded as if he were the winner. Someone later asked him why he had not quit, in view of his injury and the fact that he had no chance of winning a medal. They sent me 7, miles to finish it. He gave His life so that you would finish it and finish it well. You will do so if you guard yourself from spiritual error, grow in the grace and knowledge of Him, and live to glorify His name.
Questions About the Old Testament Law. Is it okay to involve an unbeliever in church ministry? What Denomination Does Bible. Psalms Of Kindness. He gives us three essentials for perseverance in the faith: To persevere as a Christian, guard yourself from spiritual error, grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, and live to glorify Him.
To persevere as a Christian, guard yourself from spiritual error To persevere as a Christian, grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ a. Grow in the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Spurgeon explained it this way Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit [Pilgrim Publications], : If you, dear friend, would be truly humble, you must look at your Savior, for then you will say, Alas!
And did my Savior bleed? And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head For such a worm as I? Grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Finally, 3. To persevere as a Christian, live to glorify Jesus Christ b.
Growing in Grace – 2 Peter 3:18
Conclusion At the Olympics in Mexico City, the last of the marathon runners were being carried off the field to first aid stations about an hour after the winner had crossed the finish line. Application Questions What are some of the subtle spiritual errors of our day that we need to be on guard against? What are some biblical tests for growth? Many today confuse grace with being tolerant of sin.
What biblical texts refute this? What does grace really mean? What is the difference between knowing about Christ and knowing Christ? Can you have one without the other?
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