Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Living Tableau- Believe

2 Peter 1:1-8 (NIV)
1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: 2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Pastor's Notes

Believe means to have faith and trust in God the Father, Jesus the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Believing that the Scriptures are the inspired word of God and that all of God’s promises are true. God’s promises can be applied to our daily lives as we walk in obedience.

Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).

Faith becomes active as we read and study God’s word. God will speak to us through His word and will give us opportunities to put our faith into action. We must decide if we are devoting our lives to Christ or staying in a state of inquisitiveness. To live a life for Christ requires getting to know Him; to have faith, and then put our faith into action.

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