Our spiritual confidence increases as we grow in our faith.
The Apostle Peter wrote his 2nd letter to a church facing lots of confusion. In that letter, he identifies four things believers can do to stay confident in spite of surrounding chaos.
Keep believing in the reliability of God’s Word. (1:12–21)
Keep rejecting false teaching. (2:1-22)
Keep Christ’s Second Coming in view. (3:1–13)
Keep growing in your faith. (1:5–11)
I’ll be talking about that last one as we get our new sermon series, “Confident in Chaos,” underway this Sunday.
If you ever wanted to know what spiritual growth looks like, you’ll find a clear picture in 2 Peter 1:3-8. I hope you’ll take the time to read through the passage several times before Sunday.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. 5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. 8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I look forward to seeing you in church, either online or in-person!