The True Grace Of Jesus Week 3


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The True Grace Of Jesus Week 3

  1. 1. Sanctification Spiritual Maturity 1 Peter 2:1-10
  2. 2. 1PE 2:1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 As you come to him, the living Stone--rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him-- 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
  3. 3. 1PE 2:7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,“ 8 and, "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the message--which is also what they were destined for. 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
  4. 4. How Does One Acquire Spiritual Maturity? <ul><li>By attending a lot of church </li></ul><ul><li>Over time </li></ul><ul><li>By reading and studying bible stuff </li></ul><ul><li>By grace </li></ul>
  5. 5. Peter’s Object Lessons on Maturity <ul><li>The Layering Effect </li></ul><ul><li>Digestible & Tasty </li></ul><ul><li>The Stones </li></ul><ul><li>POTB </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Layering Effect v.1 <ul><li>Vices and bad habits can be shed like shedding layers of clothes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not too much at once </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Layers need to breathe </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Digestible & Tasty <ul><li>Milk – the next to perfect food – all the nutrients without an army to do the digestion </li></ul><ul><li>Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8) </li></ul><ul><li>Salvation: a present possession and future goal </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Stones <ul><li>“ As you come to him,” a continued coming </li></ul><ul><li>Stones being added to the house </li></ul><ul><li>In the OT the building was the abode of a gracious God who came to dwell with man. </li></ul><ul><li>In the NT man is the spiritual house of God </li></ul><ul><li>OT speaks of offerings of thanksgiving, prayer, repentance in addition to natural sacrifices and offerings </li></ul><ul><li>NT speaks of an offering of faith </li></ul>
  9. 9. A Note on Disobedience <ul><li>“ They stumble because they disobey the message--which is also what they were destined for.” </li></ul><ul><li>Disobedience is within the plan of God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is not final; He desires to have mercy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See Romans 11:32 </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. POTB Priesthood of the Believer <ul><li>Chosen stresses God’s initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Reformation stressed these lost principles again </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every Christian has direct access to God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every Christian serves God personally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every Christian ministers to others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every Christian has something to give </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Speaking OT to the NT <ul><li>As Israel was the instrument of God during the OT the church speaks of Jesus’ times. </li></ul><ul><li>The church is not Israel and did not replace it in God’s plan (Romans 11) </li></ul><ul><li>Israel will once again be used to bless the world ( grafting in Romans 11) </li></ul><ul><li>Royal Priesthood/Holy Nation – emphasis on the corporate that can declare the praises </li></ul>
  12. 12. A 4 Step Process? <ul><li>Expose Yourself Gradually and Radically </li></ul><ul><li>Eat Well and Often </li></ul><ul><li>No Stone Alone </li></ul><ul><li>Chosen Not Frozen </li></ul>