Foundations of the Like Precious Faith SeriesLayman RandyP
kjv@2Peter:1:1 @ Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us...
Table of Contents:
- → Preface
- → Introduction - 2Peter Chapter 1
- New - CalledToGloryVirtue
EDITOR: TO BE ADDED
(by RandyP )
Real people in the midst of real life situations reaching out to a real God, that in essence is what this FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaithSeries is all about. The Apostle Peter begins to address these most urgent times in our lives; times when we most urgently need to to be productive in our faith, situations where only God's awesome hand latched on to by our small and pudgy faith is going to make the meaningful difference. That might be the time and the need that you're standing at right now today; you or else some one that you are attempting to assist through this no matter what it may be. Well Peter, the down to earth Apostle, in this final written discourse before his soon impending martyrdom sought to put us into remembrance of some very key essentials of real God/real life/real person productive faith.
The FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaithSeries was begun during a time of my own need. It was a time when I was attempting to assist several homeless men on the streets who were desperately seeking relief from the life long oppression of drugs and alcohol, poor physical and mental health, severed relationships and work opportunities. I was unable to assist these men at the time as I imagined I could; the discouragement of which led me eventually to this particular passage in Second Peter in search of the means of becoming more abundantly fruitful in the knowledge of our Jesus Christ. It was from this deepening inquiry that this written and audio resource series began to compound.
I have since been increasingly able to use this resource collection to grow my own productive faith. I have since been increasingly able to use this resource collection to assist others in finding and growing their own. As problems and mis-interpreted applications of the material have been brought to light in practice I have been able to make corrections; and so you might find this resource for your use as well.
I have come to look at this work as a launching platform into the broader unknown, stepping off of whatever more familiar spot we were previously clutching on to, stepping on to the "like precious" answers and actions Jesus would better have for us to walk forward in.
Again, it is not as high-minded an intellectual effort as some would make it. My focus from the start has been on real people in real life situations getting them connected to the real God; connecting them in a way they can connect themselves to at their own urgent pace without a long formal discipleship per se before tangible personal results can be obtained.
The Apostle Peter begins to address this concern for simple and clean spiritual productivity (and the times of it's definite lack) in what shall be called his "Like Precious Faith" discourse kjv@2Peter:1 where he calls us repeatedly to see these matters of faith better in terms of the recognition and acknowledgement of the person/character and worth of Jesus Christ (the epignosis) and the path towards becoming abundantly fruitful in that very knowledge (epinosis). In fact this man SimonPeter states from his own experience with it:
It is obvious by this that the knowing of our real Lord Jesus Christ is supposed to have a abundantly fruitful effect on our lives. The question is how much of an effect can that be? Can it be enough of an effect upon us to get us passed our addictions? Real life/real people/real God? Enough to get us past our suicidal thoughts? Our broken marriages/divorce? Real life/real people/real God? Enough to deliver the victim of rape or incest? The veteran that still decades later hears the sneaking up of footsteps in the crackling weeds in his dreams at night? Enough to heal the open wounds of an adult child battered by an abusive parent? Enough to begin tackling any of the ugly ugly issues we find ourselves and more importantly find others in?
Could this be the fruitful effect that the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ is to have on us? Could it be that this effect on us is only the start of a life of abounding fruit? A life living as a conduit of similar effect upon others?
Here Peter continues:
I have also come to see the Apostle's "Like Precious Faith" discourse as somewhat of an outline. A quick set of bullet points on which to affix the much larger scriptural contexts. Not everyone reading through the chapter itself will be aware of each point's connections to the greater wealth of doctrinal and practical substance. This is where my effort in providing this resource may be of help. It still remains however that each individual will be required to search these further contexts and applications out further for themselves; not everyone sadly is going to afford themselves the energy taking this any further than the search for a quick fix. Yet the search into this itself is not all that complicated if one is willing to adopt these focuses and disciplines into common instructable usage.
It is my intention therefore, by gathering together further scriptural context onto Peter's essential elements, to put back into our remembrance/focus the truest matters of productive faith, the type of glorious faith intended for us to step out into, operate within, consistently abiding in, becoming abundantly fruitful with/because of, in each of our own personal lives and in the life/outreach of the "Body", by God's wondrous design, to God's praise and glory.
Shall we begin then by familiarizing ourselves with the initial text: The Apostle Peter's "Like Precious Faith" discourse?
For Online Version Readers:
Helpful hint: Click on verse numbers once then once again to get to a parallel rendering of the KJV with Strongs Greek Lexicon mapping and Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge links. (try it now kjv@2Peter:1:1)
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