Matthew 16: 18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
GROWING IN GRACE
2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace and in knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
Glory To Him Now
(2 Peter 3:18c)
Sermon text: 1 John 3:4 – Whosoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
Propositional statement: Today we do not talk much about sin. But here, John explicitly calls out the sinner as a person that does not abide in Christ, that does not know Christ; that is of the devil. In light of how John defines those who sin, can any of us claim to be sinless?
I. The Lord is manifest to take away our sins (v. 5, 6)
II. The righteous are those who practice righteousness, not sin (v. 7, 8)
III. The person born of God does not sin (v. 8)
Conclusion: We should view ourselves as “little children.” John speaks here of the maturity found in those who have become spiritual adults. It is our purpose to be like Christ. What brings us into compliance with His will is the practice of righteousness; that is doing the right thing. There is no room for those who practice sin rather than righteousness. They will not be called the children of God.