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3 Words for 2018: Relationships, Relevance and Rigor
January 21, 2018

3 Words for 2018: Relationships, Relevance and Rigor

Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: 3 Words for 2108: Relationships

“Time like an ever rolling stream, bears all of us away, we fly forgotten as dream dies at opening day!” (Taken from O God, Our Help in Ages Past) These words are over 300 years old, but they remain true till this very day!  We are already 19 days into 2018!  We continue this important series 3 Words for 2018: Relationships, Relevance and Rigor.  We began with our relationship with God, and last week considered, “what will make a difference in 2018?”  This week we examine, “Rigor.”  Rigor is aboutthe precision and details that will get us to the greatest relationships of our lives and the most important things of our lives!  This week we turn to 2 Peter 1:3-11.  Peter communicates to these early Christians the qualities that will keep them from being “ineffective and unproductive” in their knowledge of Jesus Christ.  This is a timeless message for us, but sometimes we read it as if we just need to “try harder.”  There is no doubt that the Christian life requires effort and commitment, but Peter gives us a list of qualities that will transform us if we will use them!  None of us want to look back upon our lives as ineffective or unproductive, and this passage gives to us guidance to richly bear the fruit of God’s Kingdom.  When this happens, we make an eternal difference!  Prepare your heart for a transformation as you let these words challenge you to greater things in 2018.  2 Peter 1:3-11: 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.  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. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 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. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. 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. (NIV)

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