Salvation

Life after Salvation: Where's the Effort?

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Introduction:

Three Parts to Salvation (2 Peter 1:3-10)

  • Justification: Past
  • Sanctification: Present
  • Glorification: Future

Results When Every Effort is Made:

  1. Making every effort results in Spiritual Maturity. (2 Pet 1:8)
  2. Jeremiah 29:13 - "You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart."

  3. Making every effort keeps us from Habitual Sin. (2 Pet 1:9)
  4. Making every effort produces Confidence in our salvation. (2 Pet 1:10)
Ryan Stroupe - Harvest Bible Chapel Pittsburgh North Small Groups Ministry Leader

Ryan Stroupe - Harvest Bible Chapel Pittsburgh North Small Groups Ministry Leader

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read 2 Peter 1:3-10

  1. Why should we want to do more than just "punch our ticket to Heaven"? What would you say to someone that doesn't want to do more than the bare minimum to get to Heaven?

  2. Why do we as Christians ignore Sanctification and focus on Justification and Glorification?

  3. As Small Groups what are some practical ways we can assist a fellow Christian or Small Group Member get past a habitual sin? 

  4. What are ways we can teach our children to start making every effort at a young age, i.e. teenagers?

  5. How much effort do you put into your relationship with God compared to other areas of your life? Would you say God is outside your house, in your "Good Room", or is running your entire house?

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another.

The Power Explained - Part 3

Five Ingredients of True Conversion:
  1. Heart-felt CONVICTION . (Acts 2:37)


  2. Sincere REPENTANCE . (Acts 2:38)


  3. Godly MOTIVATION . (Acts 2:39)


  4. Radical SEPARATION . (Acts 2:40)


  5. Public PROFESSION . (Acts 2:41)
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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 2:37-41

  1. How can you tell if someone is truly "cut to the heart", that is, they are genuinely sorry for their sins? (Acts 2:37)
  2. How would you answer someone who asks, "Why should I get baptized? What does it mean?" (Acts 2:38)
  3. Is Acts 2:38 teaching that "you can't get saved unless you are baptized"? Why or why not?
  4. What are wrong motivations to come to Christ? (See Acts 2:39 for the right motivation)
  5. What did Peter mean by, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation"? (Acts 2:40) 

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another.