OVERVIEW: Peter reminds all believers that God has provided all they need to grow and live godly lives. The church is to trust God’s promises, knowing that they are not human-made but, instead, from God.
BIG IDEA: Growth in Christ will make us fruitful and useful.
KEY VERSE: 2 Peter 1:5b-7 (ingredients to a growing faith)
Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I want you to grow in your knowledge of who I am and in what Christ has done. I’ve given you everything you need to live a life of faith, which will benefit you and everyone around you. My promises aren’t merely a list to learn or something for others to enjoy. They are for you—great and precious promises that will change how you think and live if you receive them. Don’t just look at them on paper or think about them—claim they like your own.
The more you believe and act on my promises, the more you will grow, and the more you grow, the more productive and useful you will be. Don’t be shortsighted. Act on my promises and make an impact for eternity. The words of the Bible are not amusing stories created by human writers—they are my thoughts and words for you. Human writers wrote the words—in their personality and style—but the Holy Spirit moved them as they wrote everything I want you to know.
Take a good look at your life and faith. Are you stuck or stalled in your faith? Are you failing to grow in areas where you would like to see growth? Identify one area and ask a friend to pray for you over the next thirty days. Find 3-4 Bible verses you can reflect on and memorize over the next month, or find a Christian book that addresses the topic you can read. Journal your thoughts and progress over the month.