"But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen."
1 Peter 3:13-18: English Standard Version. (2001). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
During a study of the above passage someone commented, "I thought God gave us grace and that we are living in His grace. How can I grow in grace?"
It was a great question and motivated me to do some research. The first point of clarification was to more clearly define grace. I examined every passage
where grace is shown to be in operation to get further clarification as to what is meant for the child of God that grace comes into his life. I found that
the common definitions were good but needed further clarification, at least for me.
An acrostic is often used to explain it: GRACE = God's Riches At Christ's Expense. Another common definition is: "The undeserved favor of God." I agree with both but I have to admit that they are somewhat incomplete as it applies to the daily life of the believer. As I studied the passages (see the PDF file) I came up with this: "Grace is underserved power of God at work in our lives both to will and do His good pleasure (change our stinkin' thinkin' and empower us to change our behavior).
The question remained, how do we grow in grace? The study below is a study designed to help people understand those disciplines that will cause us to "grow in grace". The PDF file is used in conjunction with the audio files below. You may use them as the Lord leads you.
God bless you richly.
Disciplines of Grace This study begins by teaching the principles of the "Tri-Partite man." Below are the audio files of the classes I taught on the subject.
01 Introduction - Tri-Partite Man
03 Water Baptism
04 The Lord's Supper
05 Psalm 119
08a Baptism In The Spirit Part 1
08b Baptism In The Spirit Part 2
10 Under Authority
11a Servanthood - Part 1
11b Servanthood - Part 2
Robert L Goldsby
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