Posts Tagged ‘Grace

19
Apr
18

Growing In Grace And Faith

As Peter concludes his second letter, he does so on an encouraging note. Instead of listening to false teachers and falling away from their faith, Peter wants them to grow in grace. He wrote:

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. – 2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

In order to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, one has to pursue Christ. You cannot sit idly by and expect to grow in your faith. If you want to know Jesus better, you’ve got to spend time in God’s Word. You need to spend time with other Christians in worship, service and study. You must learn to feed yourself a steady diet of Scripture, fellowship and service. God expects His children to grow in grace and faith. If you isolate yourself from other believers and if you don’t learn to feed yourself, you’ll starve your soul and you won’t grow. Take time to cultivate your garden of faith and your faith will grow healthy and strong.
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18
Apr
18

Falling Away

One of the issues that Christians fight about is whether or not one can lose one’s salvation. Are we “once saved, always saved”? Or can we fall from grace? It’s a very touchy and complicated issue. Peter warned his readers that by listening to false teachers who were encouraging unholy lives that they could “fall from” their “secure position.” Peter wrote:

Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. – 2 Peter 3:17 (NIV)

There were false teachers who were teaching unholy living. A holy God expects holiness from His people and lives that are different from the world around us. I believe that Peter is saying that when we persist in unholiness that we are in danger of jumping out of His hand. When we willfully live lives marked by disobedience and sin without care for what our salvation cost Jesus, we are in danger of falling away. God will never dump you, but be careful that you don’t fall away from Him by following the lies of false teachers.
30
Mar
18

Forgive Who?

On what we know as Good Friday, Jesus was crucified for the sin of the world. Luke records the scene in this way. He wrote:

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:33-34 (NIV)

While we don’t know their names or their crimes, we know that it should have been us. We could have been either the criminal on His right or His left. We should have felt the nails. We should have been left there to die for our own sins and transgressions. Yet, there is the perfect Son of God with thorns on His head and nails in His hands and feet praying to His Father, “Forgive them…” Forgive who? Forgive those who were killing Him? What love! Forgive those who were insulting Him and spitting on Him? What mercy! Forgive us who were the true source of His suffering? What grace! Jesus took our punishment when He took our place and that is what Good Friday is all about.
04
Mar
18

Jesus Frees Us To Love

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 5:1-15.

01
Mar
18

All We Need

What if God has given us all of the tools we need to live for Him? What if living a godly life is less about our efforts and more about our reliance upon God? Look at what Peter wrote:

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. – 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

God, in His power, has given us EVERYTHING we need for a godly life. God, in His grace, called us to be His children. As a loving Father, He gives us what we need to live for Him. He doesn’t withhold anything from us that will help us. That includes Himself. God not only knows us, but He wants to be known BY us. When we come to know God better, we want to live for Him more. Our lives become more godly, not by our efforts, but through our knowledge of Him. The more we know God, the more He rubs off on us. The more we rely on God, the more He transforms us. It’s not about your efforts. It’s about His presence and power.
28
Feb
18

A Kind Greeting

Peter starts off his 2nd letter with a wonderful greeting. He wrote:

Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:
2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.​ – 2 Peter 1:1-2 (NIV)​

First, he says that we have received a precious faith through the righteousness of Jesus. If Jesus didn’t live a perfectly righteous life, then our faith is useless. It is because Jesus never sinned that His sacrifice on the cross was pleasing to God the Father and was able to take away our sins. Our faith has been received, meaning it did not originate with us. Rather, it is a gift from God.
Second, Peter blesses his audience by wishing them grace and peace in abundance. What a kind greeting to wish someone the blessings of abundant grace and peace.
My prayer for you today is that you would experience abundant grace and peace in your life because you know God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
26
Feb
18

Jesus Frees Us To Grow

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 4:8-31.




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