2 Peter 3:18 (899)


         A.  Grace, mercy, faith.  Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8; James 2

         B.  Let’s consider a challenge that Peter gives us in 2 Peter 3:18 (probably the last recorded
               words of Peter).

    I.  Why are we challenged to grow in grace?

        A.  Because of the attitudes and values of people.

               1.  Illustration:  Reflection on the attitudes and values of our society.

               2.  We value work, effort and performance.

               3.  We can’t carry these values with us as we relate to God.  Romans 3:9-18 (831); Rom.
                     3: 23; 6:23; Isaiah 64:6 (554)

               4.  Aren’t we glad.  Illustration:  only necessary to sin once to be condemned!

         B.  Because grace teaches us.  Titus 2:11-15 (882)

               1.  To say no to:

               2.  To live:

               3.  To eagerly await the return of Jesus.  Vv13-14

  Closing: and to be continued.