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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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09/25/2017

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Growth Into Salvation


"Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babes, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good" (1 Pet.2:1-3).

Back before the sophisticated electronics of the day, when a ticket was used to gain entrance into an event, or even on to a bus in the city, the conductor "punched" your ticket so that it was valid. Belief, repentance, confession and baptism are the beginning of a Christian's journey, but it is not like punching a ticket for eternal life... When one "puts on" Christ, it is to adopt a new way of life. A Christian, by his or her own choosing, either grows by faith into Christ or dies on the vine. Peter refused to settle for Christians huddled behind closed doors, hanging on to their faith by their fingernails... To use a U.S. Army phrase, he wanted them to be all that they could be. Nothing has changed though to 2017... The Lord inspired Peter to write that He wanted them, and us, to grow. Christians from day one have had their new walk begin when they stepped out in faith and obeyed the Lord. It begins with justification, forgiveness and redemption. Here's the important part of Peter's message to us this morning... The Christian is to then leave the basic principles and grow into trust and obedience. The inspired writer of the book of Hebrews agrees; "Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death and of faith in God...." (Heb.6:1). The Christian has always been nourished by study and prayer, sustained by faith and secured by living hope. Just as it is with a human body, Christian growth is multi-dimensional. When Christ comes into a believer's life, he or she is provided with a moral compass. As folks grow into Christ, old habits lose their attractiveness, and the fellowship of God's people becomes even dearer. This week we will see how Peter's words can help mold us into what we should be, motivating us to grow into the clothing of salvation and holiness.

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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