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    • Our Theme for 2012:Real FaithA Study of James, 1-2 Peter
    • 2 Peter 1[1] Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by therighteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: [2] Grace and peace bemultiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;
    • 2 Peter 1 [3] seeing that His divine power hasgranted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
    • 2 Peter 1 [4] For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divinenature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
    • Christians in 2 Peter 1 1) Christians have “escaped!”
    • Christians in 2 Peter 1 2) Christians partake in divine nature.
    • 2 Peter 1 [4] For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divinenature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
    • Christians in 2 Peter 13) Christians have a choice.
    • 2 Peter 1:5-7 [5] Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faithsupply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
    • 2 Peter 1:5-7[6] and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,
    • 2 Peter 1:5-7[7] and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
    • If We Choose Not to Grow
    • 2 Peter 1:8-11[8] For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • 2 Peter 1:8-11[9] For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, havingforgotten his purification from his former sins.
    • 2 Peter 1:8-11 [10] Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for aslong as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
    • 2 Peter 1:8-11 [11] for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of ourLord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.
    • If We Choose Growth
    • 2 Peter 1:8-11[8] For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • 2 Peter 1:8-11[9] For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.
    • 2 Peter 1:8-11 [10] Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for aslong as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
    • 2 Peter 1:8-11 [11] for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of ourLord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.
    • If We Choose Growth Continued growth makes us more certain of our eternal salvation.
    • 2 Peter 1:5 [5] Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faithsupply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
    • 2 Peter 1:10 [10] Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for aslong as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
    • If We Choose Growth We must be “diligent” in this process!
    • 2 Things to Take Home 1) Grow!
    • 2 Peter 3:17-18[17] Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position.
    • 2 Peter 3:17-18 [18] But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and SaviorJesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
    • 2 Things to Take Home 2) What’s your next step?
    • 2 Things to Take Home Faith Moral Excellence Knowledge Self-control Perseverance Godliness Brotherly Kindness Love