Keep Growing

Keep Growing

 

2 Peter 1:5-8

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. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 3:18

8 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

  1. Peter begins the epistle with encouragement to grow in the fruit of the Spirit and he ends it with a reminder to grow in grace and knowledge.
    1. If you are not growing, you are dying.
    2. 50 percent of high school graduates never read entire book after graduation.
    3. Winners never stop learning.

 

2 Peter 1:3-4

3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

  1. God created us to have everything we need for life and godliness. But this life comes through knowledge.
    1. Myles Munroe: the wealthiest places are cemeteries. Buried businesses, books, songs, dreams, potential.
    2. Make every effort“. Mankind has a part to play in growing.

Job 8:11-13

11 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh?

Can reeds thrive without water?

1 Cor 3:6-7

6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.

  1. Your effort to grow as a businesses leader, as an employee, as a parent, as a citizen, is to purpose to feed on the Word of God.
  2. Brian: “I realized that I could not grow if I wasn’t fed.”
  3. You can take the strongest and most devout Christian, but if he is deprived of the Word of God, he will lose his strength and commitment toward Christ.
  4. DeMarco Murray, “He eats a huge meal and drinks an abundance of water before each game, and he says it feeds him the energy to play well.”
  • Ways to grow in your knowledge of God.
    1. Daily scripture readings.
    2. Pod casts
    3. CDs, audio books or radio broadcasts in your car. 101 minutes a day. You will average 4.3 years of your life in a car.
      1. Young–checked out teaching tapes. Isuzu Bible School.
    4. Internet (not given just to share pictures, play games or look up movie times) nearly 3,000 visitors come to my site.
    5. Christian television
    6. Books (kindle)
    7. Face to face.

2 John 12

12 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

  1. Face to face encounter is far better than other ways of communication.

 

  1. Bookworm, geek and nerds.
    1. Sports and cheerleading glorified in school.
    2. Popularity sought after.
    3. What matters:
      1. Science fair
      2. Math club
      3. Chess club
      4. Debate team
    4. The varsity football jock works for the head of the Math club
    5. The popular cheerleaders works for the person on the debate team.
    6. When you look for a doctor, do you prefer one that was popular in school or one who was a bookwork?
    7. When you fly do you want a pilot that was popular in school or was a geek?
    8. When you do business with someone, do you trust the one who was popular in school or a nerd better?
    9. Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone had homes next to each other in Florida.
    10. If your friends are LARRY, CURLY AND MOE, you may have had fun, but you are likely not going anywhere.
    11. Movie, Good will Hunting. Matt Damon (Will Hunting) and Ben Affleck. Janitor at M.I.T has a gift for mathematics.

 

1 Peter 1:13

13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action;

  1. God did not create us as the strongest creature, but he made us the smartest.
    1. We should grow in all things.

Eph 4:15-16

15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

  1. Move full speed ahead. Racetrack.
    1. Pilots have to get yearly training because of constant changes.
    2. David practiced his slingshot.
  2. Marriage
  3. Character
  4. There is nothing in our minds to prevent us from growing in knowledge. 11 percent of our brain.
  5. God gives breaks to those prepared.


2 Peter 1:2

2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

 

Gal 4:1

1 What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.

  1. Characteristics of Christians in the childhood stage of development and refusing to grow.
    1. Will, my kids get the money when they reach 26.
    2. Do not enjoy their privileges in Christ. Can’t drive car.
      1. Sin shall not have dominion.
      2. Healed by the stripes of Jesus.
      3. God supplies all your needs.
      4. God has not given you the spirit of fear.

Love of God has been shed abroad in               your

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