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Growing and Changing in 2015 – #1 It takes our effort along with God’s Grace

Spiritual growth takes effort. (Joyful Discipline)

Our Effort + God’s Grace = Biblical Sanctification

Phil. 2:12-13  “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”

 WE NEED TO WORK OUT OUR SALVATION

I Cor. 15:10  “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

WE ARE JOINING GOD IN WHAT HE HAS ALREADY DONE.

I Tim. 4:7-8  “But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise (gumnazo) yourself toward godliness.  For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”

 WE ARE SWEATING TOWARD GODLINESS

Heb. 5:14  “But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised (gumnazo) to discern both good and evil.”

WE ARE FEASTING ON THE WORD

Eph. 4:22-24  “And that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness.

WE ARE GROWING AND CHANGING EVERYDAY

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