2 Peter 1:3-11
Real growth and change begin with God's call to maturity, and Peter gives one description (among many in the Scriptures) of the kind of godliness that ought to increasingly characterize our lives. He also tells us that real growth is simply the fruit of all we have in Jesus getting worked more deeply into our hearts and minds, undermining our unbelief, fears, pride, brokenness, and sin. In his grace, God has supplied all we need for life and godliness in Jesus, and our role is to "make every effort" to mature by continuously placing ourselves in position to receive that grace. Throughout the Scriptures, and throughout history, the church has recognized a handful of simple practices that help us stay in the stream of grace. What are the habits of grace? And how can we engage them today?
January 20, 2019 | Steve Hart
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
Read 2 Peter 1:3-11
In light of what we’ve been learning this month, what does Peter mean that we have been given all we need for life and godliness? What has God provided in the gospel?
What did Irenaeus mean when he said, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” What does God want to do in our lives? What is the Bible's vision of “godliness?”
What is a “habit of grace,” and what role do they play in the Christian life? What is your experience with them?
As you think about how God is working to mature and deepen you, are there any specific practices you think might be helpful to engage? How might you do that with the support of your community?
Consider celebrating communion with your community. Before you do, take some time to remind one another of what Jesus has done for us and given to us. What aspect of the gospel is really good news for you in your areas of struggle?