Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Countdown to Rekindle 2012

5 days until Rekindle!!!

Rekindle 2011: Session 2 - Grow by Jon Shea
2 Peter 1:3-11 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 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. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It's easy for the world to lull you into "sleepy standing" - one minute you're standing there and the next you're on your back...fallen. If you are going to stand - you must grow to be like Christ.
  • Christ called you to grow
      • We want to grow to be like him
      • Conform to Christ
      • He restores his image in you when you come to Jesus...you get your purpose back.
      • We still have areas in our lives that don't reflect God
    • He gives you all you need to grow
      • He gives us the ability to grow.
      • Our transformation is all about Christ and through him and because of him
    • He promises that one day you will be like him
  • So make every effort to grow!!
    • You must make EVERY effort
    • The starting point is faith, the goal is Christ-like love
      • there is no way to grow without faith
        • faith - virtue - knowledge - self control - steadfastness/endurance - godliness - brotherly affection - love
          • these things must be evident in a Christian's life
  • Only by Growing will you Stand
      • It's only those who are standing who were called by God to grow
    • Growing keeps you fruitful and effective
      • Pursue the fruit - be effective
    • If you don't grow you will fall
      • If you aren't growing - you are walking blind
    • Growing ensures the reward of eternity in God's kingdom
  • Application
    • Are you growing?
    • Are you pursuing?
    • What is one quality from verses 5-6 that you need to pursue?
    • What areas in your life do not reflect Christ?
    • How do you plan to grow in those areas?

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