DCLM Search the Scripture 14th November 2021 Lesson 1026 (Youth)

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DEEPER LIFE YOUTH SEARCH THE SCRIPTURE
LESSON 1026

TOPIC: GROWING IN CHRISTIAN VIRTUES

MEMORY VERSE: “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity” (2 Peter 1:5-7).

TEXT: 2 Peter 1:1-21.

DCLM Search the Scripture 14th November 2021 Lesson 1026 (Youth)

Growth is an increase in size, number, value or strength of living things. It is an important aspect of man’s life. A Christian is one who has been quickened by Christ from dead works and unrighteouness (Ephesians 2: l). A born-again youth has Christian virtues imparted to him by Christ. Consequently, he is expected to grow, increase, and abound in them.

Question 1: What do you understand by Christian virtue?

According to the dictionary definition, a virtue is the quality of being morally good or righteous disposition to do what is right and good. Christian virtues are admirable moral attitudes, innate quality or ability and behaviours of genuinely converted believers.

Christian youths are expected to grow in virtues and grace. The second epistle of Peter was written to “them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1). This implies that the recipients of this epistle were saved. To this end, Peter wrote to them to “…add to your [their] faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge…” He exhorted them to grow in their faith so that they could be fruitful in the Lord. He did not only exhort them to grow, he also prayed that “Grace and peace be multiplied…” in their lives.

SAVING GRACE AVAILABLE FOR ALL SINNERS (2 Peter 1:1- 4; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 2:11; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:7; Acts 13:39)
“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle Of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (verse 1). Simon Peter, the writer of this epistle, was a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ. He was not a servant of sin and of Satan because he was saved and had obtained “like precious faith”

Question 2: Explain the word “salvation” in your own words and how sinning youths can receive it.

Salvation is the gracious work of God through which a sinning youth receives pardon and forgiveness of sins and is made a saint in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy I :9). Salvation removes the wall of barrier that exist between God and man. It reconciles man with God and establishes a Father-son relationship. Salvation makes us come alive in God. It also grants us admission into the kingdom of God when we leave this world. No youth can be saved by burning candles or incense, putting on holy garment, observing religious pilgrimage, giving alms to the beggar, working for God or through any religious saCrifice. It comes from Christ through grace.

Question 3; What is grace?

Grace can simply be defined as God’s riches, righteousness or redemption made available at Christ’s expense. You do not merit salvation. Jesus paid for it on the cross and you can obtain it through faith. However, to be saved, you must acknowledge and confess your sins and ask Him for forgiveness. Then, you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the only sacrifice and Saviour of the world. To remain saved, you must promise the Lord and make up your. mind that you will not go back to your sins anymore.

Question 4: What are the benefits of salvation?

Salvation opens the gates of God’s blessings. When you are saved, you will be given:

(1) all things that pertain to life. These are the things that saved youths will need to keep spirit, soul and body together. It includes promotion, success, peace of mind, healing, health, provisions, sustenance, etc.

(2) all things that pertain to godliness. These are the things that Christian youths need to continue to live a godly life. It includes grace, fruits of the spirit, Christian virtues, etc.

(3) exceeding great and precious promises. These promises that eve1Y child of God can claim, relate to healing and health (3 John 2), abundant life (John 10:10), being the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28: 13), good success (Joshua 1.•8), provision (Philippians 4: 19), etc.

(4) the privilege of partaking of the divine nature. This will come when we pray for sanctification and purity of heart.

(5) the ability to escape the corruption that is in the world through lust (2 Peter 1:4,5)

STEADY GROWTH EXPECTED OF ALL SAVED YOUTHS (2 Peter 1:5-15; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Philippians 3:12-15)

Salvation is the beginning of the Christian faith (2 Peter 1:5-7). You cannot grow spiritually when you do not possess spiritual life. Growth does not occur by chance. Even in physical life, there are things that you must do such as eating balanced diet, doing regular exercise, observing personal hygiene, etc. in order to grow. In the same vein, for Christian youths to grow, he or she must explore the means of growth.

Question 5: What are the things a Christian youth should ‘do in order to grow?

To grow in faith and in the Lord Jesus Christ, a Christian youth must first, desire, read, meditate and obey the word of God (1 Peter 2:2). Second, he should maintain a regular and fervent prayer life (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Third, he should observe a regular quite time (Mark 1:35). Fourth, he should always be in fellowship with the people of like precious faith (Hebrews 10:25). Fifth, he should be involved in soulwinning Matthew 28: 19).

Question 6: Mention specific areas identified in our text that we should grow in.

We must obtain other Christian virtues and receive more grace that will enhance our relationship with God and make us fit for His eternal kingdom. The apostle in our text highlighted the following areas in which Christians are expected to grow. They are

(i) Faith – this is the saving faith. It is the basis of growth

(ii) Virtue – this is conformity to a standard of godliness.

(iii) Knowledge – we must grow in the knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

(iv) Temperance – this means moderation or self- restraint in thoughts, action or words. Knowledge puffs up; hence, we are not to allow what we know to make us be out of control.

(v) Patience – this is the quality of being patient’ during provocation, misfortune or pain without complaint, loss of temper or irritation.

(vi) Godliness – this is living like God in holiness in the world despite pollutions.

(vii) Brotherly kindness – is an expression of Christlike kindness towards fellow believers.

(viii) Charity – this is showing love and affection divinely imparted in the heart to God in worship and to fellow youths by doing things that benefit them.

There are lots of benefits Christian youths enjoy when they grow in Christian virtues. Steady spiritual growth will make youths fruitful, faithful and fulfilled (verse 8. Lack of steady spiritual growth will lead to compromise, backsliding and sin (verse 9). “Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth” (verse 12). The apostle here reiterated his commitment to always remind the believers the spiritual truth they have heard and learnt so that they could grow in it.

Youth leaders must remind youths of the word of God through: (1) visitation (2) counselling and (3) teaching and preaching.

SCRIPTURAL GLORY REVEALED TO ALL SAINTS (2 Peter 1:17-21; Matthew 17:1-5)
As Peter encouraged the believers to grow, he went further to remind them of the authenticity of the word which they have believed so that they would not be shaken in faith. He affirmed that his message as well as those of other apostles did not originate from fables (verses 16-18).

Question 7: What can Christian youths learn from Apostle Peter and other believers decision not to follow cunningly devised fables?

There are many lessons for youths in this regards. First, we must not join those who tell stories about their church, Jesus only should be our message.

Second, it is not a Christian virtue for ministers to tell lies or give false testimonies to impress their audience or make them believe. Paul the apostle stated that he would not “…dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by [him], to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed” (Romans 15:18).

Third, our preaching should be accompanied and backed up by the power of the Holy Ghost (I Corinthians 2:4). “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts” (verse 19). The Scripture is a sure word of prophecy. It is steadfast, fixed and unchanging. Our duty as Christians is to take heed to its command and obey it. “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation” (verse 20)

All the truths and mysteries revealed in the Scriptures are true. They do not emanate (originate) from any human being. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (I Timothy 3: 16).

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