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Ken Green - August 6, 2017

Growing in Faith

Faith seems like such an abstract thing, until your faith in Christ is pushed to grow. Growing in faith and trusting our Heavenly Father can involve looking at what things in this world are most dear to us, how closely we hold those things. And then with eyes of faith we see that our God holds us so close and dear that He would sacrifice His one and only Son to have an eternity with us. Growing in faith engages a radical, courageous commitment to trusting God in every area of our lives. And our faith-growing experiences give us stories of God’s mercy and grace to share so that we can “encourage one another all the more as we see the Day approaching.” In what ways is God growing your faith and trust in Him?

Scripture References: Proverbs 3:1-10, Luke 18:18-30, Hebrews 10:19-25

From Series: "Grow"

Good theology loves a great paradox. God’s Word calls on us to grow — 2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” And yet, God’s Word conveys that, because we are in Christ, we are already everything that we need to be — 2 Peter 1:3 “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.” Both statements are true and need to be held to and purposefully lived out in the life of Jesus’ followers. During our Back to Basics for the Summer this year, we look at what it means for us to grow in faith, why God urges us to strive to grow, what His purposes are; the tools that He has given us to grow; the means by which He causes growth to come forth; how His Spirit is at work in us as we grow; and identifying some of the fruit that comes through that growth. Above all, our aim as God’s people reflects the calling God has made explicit in His Word: “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:10-11).

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