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Growth Is Intentional       2 Peter 1:1-11       May 06, 2007

Introduction  
It
is sad to see some child not growing. They give many blessings to there family in the love they show, but we expect physical growth to be normal. Do we also expect Christian growth to be intentional. We need to have that expectation.

1. Growth Is Intentional Through God Given . . Privileges. 1:1-2

    A. The Privilege Of Being A Person . . Owned By Jesus. 1:1a
       
1 Simeon Peter, a slave and an apostle of Jesus Christ:

    B. The Privilege Of Being A Person . . Obtaining Faith. 1:1b-2
        "To those who have obtained a faith of equal privilege with ours through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.
          2  May grace
and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

    Do you find it interesting that the early Christians readily called themselves slaves of Jesus? In our ears this is a strong way for Simon to say, Jesus owns me. The question comes to me; "does the Lord own me?" In my opinion all Christians need to recognize His ownership. When we realize His ownership, we also appreciate that we obtained faith just like the faith Simon Peter obtained. Too many times we may place the apostles, and Biblical characters far above us and think they were given a special faith not available to us; but Simon says we can enjoy a faith equal to his. How is that possible? Through God's choice, and action. This faith can also be multiplied in us as we grow in God's grace.

2. Growth Is Intentional Through God Given . . Promises. 1:3-4

    A. The Promise of . . Everything. 1:3            
            3 Growth in the Faith For His divine power has given us everythig required for life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him
             who called us by His own glory and goodness.


    B. The Promise of . . Escape. 1:4 
            4 By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping
             the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires.

    Someone said the Bible contains at least 365 promises, and that is one per day. I do not know if that is entirely correct but the text tells us we are promised, "everything required." Sometimes we want to work in an area of that of a person with different talents, but the text promises we will receive that for which we will be responsible. In addition we receive the promise of escape from any evil desires through the divine nature given to all believers.


3. Growth Is Intentional Through God Given . . Progression. 1:5-8

    A. The Progression of . . Supplemental Graces. 1:6-7
            5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge,           

                6 knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness,           
             7 godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.


     B. The Progression of . . Satisfying Graces. 1:8 
            8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or
unfruitful in the knowledge
            of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    All of us understand God gives salvation through His grace. It appears some think that ends the supply of grace. The Bible does teach us to grow in grace, but too many of us must have thought it said grow in grease! Our text pictures a progression of graces for the Christian to enjoy. These graces are to be in our life and increasing. The last grace mentioned is "love," and throughout the Christian community there never seems to be enough of this quality. Too many times unchurched people point to the unloving actions of a church to justify them not being in the church. We must understand the availability of these graces, and how they work toward making us fruitful.


4. Growth Is Intentional
Through God Given . . Protection. 1:9-11
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    A. The Protection From . . Shortsightedness. 1:9
        9 The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted, and has forgotten the cleansing fr
om his past sins.
  

        B. The Protection From . . Stumbling. 1:10            
        10
Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these  things
            you will never stumble.
  

    C. The Projection From . . Scarce Supply. 1:11        

         11 For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be r
ichly supplied to you. HCSB

   Intentional growth protects us from being shortsighted, stumbling, and having a scarce supply of the rich graces God desires for His children. Do you find it interesting that Simon Peter indicates spiritual blindness, or shortsightedness comes to one who forgets his/her cleansing from past sins? Then he tells us to confirm our election and calling. What does he indicate the blessing will be; We will not stumble. In addition rather than a scarce supply concerning entrance into the heavenly kingdom; there will be a rich supply. Some Christians lack the assurance they need, and it probably centers in their lack of focus on what God does for us in giving redemption. Therefore we should recognize, Growth Is Intentional. Amen? Amen!