If you were to walk down the street and interview 100 people and ask them if love is important, I think you would get almost universal agreement that it is.  Even the Beetles sang “All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.”  It’s important!  Scripture agrees.  1 Corinthians 13:13 says “But now … Read more

Others First (Brotherly Kindness)

We are continuing our “Growing Faith” sermon series by examining 2nd Peter 1:4-8.  The trait we will focus on for this message is the important concept of “brotherly kindness.”  True brotherly kindness always defers to and gives honor to others.  We can express this in many ways such as spending time and assisting others by … Read more

Growing Faith (Godliness)

According to 2 Peter 1:4-8, while in this struggle to live out our faith we must never accept surrender to sin, we persevere. In that perseverance, we need godliness. But what is godliness? GODLINESS = Total surrender to living Christ’s way. So surrender isn’t always bad, it’s all a matter of what or who you … Read more

Never Surrender (Perseverance)

It’s ok to say something is really hard.  It’s ok to say I haven’t succeeded yet.  It’s not ok to quit or surrender.  If it’s the right thing to do we should continue to pursue it.  This is called perseverance and it’s the subject of the 4th message from our Growing in Faith series based … Read more

Seeking Truth (Knowledge)

We are constantly looking for information. Why do we have such a need to know? Because information influences the choices we make. Knowledge is one of the things that the apostle lists as an area we need to grow in as we are sanctified (2 Peter 1:4-8). But we’re not just talking about information here. … Read more

Saying No to Self (Self-Control)

Some people may be able to fool themselves into thinking they have achieved some rendition of true self control. They may be able to conjure up the willpower and the words to “Just Say No!” to various things that are not beneficial to them. Here’s the thing though…’s not about managing our “flesh” under our … Read more

Above Reproach (Moral Excellence)

What do we need in order to keep growing in faith?  There is nothing we can do to add to our salvation to get more saved.  Yet there are things we are clearly called to pursue as Christians, which are a part of growing in sanctification.  Both Paul and Peter address these ideas.  In 2 … Read more