How to Stumble Proof Your Life – sermon outline


Falling into sin
How to Stumble Proof Your Life
by Eddie Lawrence

TEXT: 2 Peter 1:5 But 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 shortsighted, 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. (NKJV)

8 Areas that Need to be Strengthened: verses 1-7

-Think of this way, it what way am I in danger of stumbling in this area?

1. Faith
2. Virtue
3. Knowledge
4. Self-Control
6. Godliness
7. Brotherly Kindness
8. Love

Four Questions that Need to be Asked: v8

1. Do these things belong to me? v8
2. Are these things abounding in me? v8
3. Am I barren in any of these areas? v8 (no sign at all of them)
4. Am I being unfruitful in any of these areas? v8 (was once fruitful but not now)

Three Reasons We May Lack These Things: v9

1. Shortsighted – we don't live with tomorrow in mind or we live too shallow.
2. Blindness – we are not looking to see if these these are there or don't believe they are important.
3. Forgetfulness – forgotten what Christ has done for you. Moving backwards toward your old way of living.

A Charge for Us All: v10-11

1. Be diligent to keep these areas right.
2. Realize that our call and election indicates that these areas should exhibit Christ.
3. Be aware that failure in these areas causes a person to stumble and keeping these areas right keeps us from stumbling.
4. We are to live in such a way that we can step across the threshold into the presence of Christ at any time.

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