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PRESERVING OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH IN THE 21 ST CENTURY. Making Sure The Christian Faith Lasts And Maintaining It In The 21 st Century. 2 Peter 1: 5- 11. Bro. Josiah G. Emonena. INTRODUCTION. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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PRESERVING OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH IN THE 21ST CENTURY

PRESERVING OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH IN THE 21ST CENTURYMaking Sure The Christian Faith Lasts And Maintaining It In The 21st Century

2 Peter 1: 5- 11

Bro. Josiah G. Emonena

Ihr LogoYour LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyINTRODUCTIONPreserve means - make sure something lasts; to keep something protected from anything that would cause its current quality or condition to change or deteriorate or cause it to fall out of use; maintain something; to keep up or maintain something.Let us not know that Gods word is relevant in every age, for if the principles are applied in every age they get the best of all results. Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyWe are the luckiest of all generations with the advent of Information Technology we have the Bible and Bible materials online at our finger tips. Yet this age has the worst enslaving gargets ever known to man. Consider its greatest advantage versus the greatest disadvantage.Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyBut also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is short-sighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1.5-11 (NKJV).

Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyPreserving Our Christian Faith In the 21st Century we need to follow Gods formula to maintain and sustain our Christian faith in this perverse and permissive generation.HAVE FAITH IN GOD "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. John 14.1 (NKJV). Our conversion presupposes that we have faith in God. Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyThat we believe that God is and He is the creator of heaven and earth. That in His power He made the earth to stands on nothing. The God destroyed the world of Noah; He rained water on the earth for 40 days saving only eight souls. The God Who saved Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the furnace of fire. The God Who saved Daniel in the lions Den. Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyThe God Who raise the dead, Walked on the sea, and who raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Etc. That His promises are sure in this life and the life to come. For our faith to be strong we need to add the supplements that will make for healthy spiritual living. Now we must add spiritual supplements to our faith.Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyADD TO YOUR FAITH - VIRTUE (GOODNESS)Virtue is the first spiritual supplement you add to your faith. For no one can say he is a Christian when his moral life is poor. What you say, what you see or watch, what you listen to and what you do must be morally clean (If you add virtue to your faith). We must add to our faith virtue, which is moral goodness or moral purity. Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyFine brethren have been among those excommunicated for immorality. We live today in a very permissive society. Daily we are broken down by what the people say: what we see and watch in the television and in the internet. Our music videos break us down etc. After our baptism, we are supposed to have been dead to sin but this not the case. Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyWhat shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death: We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life (Rom.6.1-4 NIV).Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyThe song written by L.O. Sanderson best describes the thought. Buried with Christ, my blessed Redeemer; Dead to the old life of folly and sin; Satan may call, the world may entreat me; There is no voice that answers within; Dead to the world, to voices that call me. Living a new obedient but free, Dead to the joys that once did enthral me Yet tis not I, Christ liveth in me.Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyWe can illustrate being dead to sin with one who smokes but stopped because he is now a Christian. After some time, he detests the odour of cigarette as if he never once enjoyed it. Such a person is dead to smoking cigarette. So are we to die to sin. Daily we are broken down by the Social media - Email, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google etc. When we are dead to the world we will no longer listen to voices of sin in the social media. Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyWe will concentrate on Gods side period! We are supposed to grow better year after year. We can live above sin not by our power but His grace.ADD TO VIRTUE - KNOWLEDGEKnowledge is the next spiritual supplement to add to our faith after we have added virtue. Pure academic knowledge without unwholesome distraction plus spiritual knowledge is progressive in this age. Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyYou google for far enriching information that will make you increase your knowledge academically and spiritually. The search engine is so wonderful a tool but it can be used for the good, the bad and the ugly. If you have virtue you have to maintain and sustain it with knowledge. Virtue demands that Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. Like new-born infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation-- if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good (1Pet.1.1-3 NRSV).Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyThe spiritual milk in this context is the Word of God. Paul the apostle wrote by the Holy Spirit that about the word of God saying:All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV).Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyIt is sufficient to teach all God wants us know; it is also enough to make bare our faults; and show us the way out of our faults; then it instructs us on living right, thus equipping us for every good work. Many have refused to grow. They revolve around one years growth for fifteen years. How sad!Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyThis I have proved in many congregations that I have visited. We invest in our academic education. We spend a lot in our childrens education. These are alright! But we fail invest in our spiritual education. Most of the books we have were given to us by our American brethren.But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen (2 Pet. 3.18 KJV).Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyEvery teacher or preacher of the gospel who wants to be relevant today must have a computer preferably a laptop. There are many soft-wares that are very helpful, with a lot of books all at your finger tip. It contains amongst others the following: Many versions of the Bible, many Bible dictionaries, concordances, treasury of scripture, commentaries, many helpful books, etc. The church is indeed the pillar and ground of Truth. We must therefore exercise our senses and study to be approved of God (1Tim.3.15, 2Tim. 2.15). Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyADD TO KNOWLEDGE - TEMPERANCE (SELF-CONTROL) The next spiritual supplement to add to knowledge is self-control. You keep increasing your knowledge and this makes you know more of the things you should do and not do. The temptation comes because you know. Eve, the mother of all living may not have eaten that fruit because there are many fruits in the garden. Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyTemptation comes because her attention was now drawn to it. She now saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate [Gen. 3.6 (NKJV).]It is true today for many, who use the internet they know that there is pornography there, and then cometh the devil telling them, just a quick look will not do much harm, and one tries it and gets addicted to it. Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturyThis destroys their senses and they crave seriously to satisfy the urge. Many fine men and women have fallen beyond redemption. Try it by buying ice cream for children in the house and you keep it in the freezer without their knowing then you can give it to them when you think fit. But if you show it to them and say this is your ice cream but you will take it after lunch. More often than not, they will come saying we want it now even crying for it. It works for all ages.Your LogoPreserving Our Christian Faith In The 21st CenturySelf-control is needed by every Christian to stay alive spiritually and we all need it to preserve our faith in these perverse generation. This is one of the positive traits that must be seen practically in our lives as evidence of how much of Gods word