Does salvation require OUR intentionality? Hmm... This weekend, we revisited the list of character traits that Peter gives his readers found in 2 Peter 1:5-11 which says:
"5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone."
After giving these traits, this passage then continues...
8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.11 Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
After reading this final verse, do you feel conflicted? It almost sounds like our salvation is impacted by our intentionality in growing in these character traits?!
To address these feeling of conflictedness, here's Pastor Brian with his final thoughts from this weekend's sermon:
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