Key Spiritual Growth Indicators

Today's Sermon 6/9/19

2 Peter 3:1-

My 1st Memory verse as a new believer: 2 Peter 3:18

But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

          A challenge ever since to my spiritual maturity

In Sales we have KPI’s.  Key performance indicators

Goal - to Provide objective evidence of progress towards achieving a desired result

Entire curriculums in almost every field that can be measured

Sales Metrics for succeeding in Sales

If a Salesman is doing the 5 or 6 things we assign them they should experience Success
      50 calls a day
      Follow up on previous offers
      Make new contacts - daily
      Visit the customer at HIS business
       Be Knowledgable of the product and the price

Military has Key training Indicators for Basic Military Traing courses
Military History
Code of Conduct
Physical fitness
Military culture

***Peter is after the evidences of Spiritual Maturity - and I think it is fair to. Look for the Key Spiritual Indicators of growth in believers— No matter How long you’ve been a follower of Christ.

There is a Simple Out line of this epistle 

a. Peter is writing to the same group as his earlier epistle – Dispersed Jews who’ve been scattered abroad.

b. Admonishes them about living a Godli life – escaping the corruption that is in the World

c. Admonishes them about the value of true Prophets and Teachers – those that teach the WORD of God. (1:16-21)

d. Dealing with those who teach contrary to the WORD – false teachers (2:12) Brute beast understanding Not what they
e. The impending destruction to this world of unbelievers

f. Living a Life apart from this world

g. Growth – significant and consistent = victories & fruitful. ( 2:8,9) 
a. Absence = spiritual blindness

Key Spiritual Growth Indicators

#1 – The first Key Spiritual Indicator is
A seasoned believer has a Consistent Relationship with The WORD of God. (3:1,2. 14,15,16 ) & 1:3,4 & 16-21) 

It is a hypocrisy detector.

Isa 55:6-11. His Word is like the Rain from above or the snow that nourishes the earth. And brings forth fruit 

#2 Key Spiritual Indicator Is 
“a seasoned Believer Understand this World is Evil. 

2 Cor 4:4. Call Satan the god of this world
John called Him the prince of this world

Do not be naïve - this world and its in habitants will count you as an enemy and because Satan blinds their hearts they will seek to kill followers and think they are doing a righteous act and God a favor-

#3 Key Spiritual Indicator is
A seasoned Believer is looking for the Return of Christ to redeem us

Verses 3:9-14

Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Php 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Php 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Col 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

2Ti 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
2Ti 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

#4. The fourth Key Spiritual indicator 

A seasoned believer is a growing Christian –

Lilies of the field grow
The Mustard seed grows so big it the largest herb
 When the seed o the gospel is sown and followed. It grows so 30, some 60 some 100 fold
Jesus Grew and waxed strong. In favor with God and Man
 HIS word grew in Acts. In influence and produced great multitudes of followers when preached

We are to grow in Grace and in the Knowledge of Christ. – these are the filters. Knowledge of Christ and in HIS grace

Are these evident in your LIfe - Ask yourself - what in my life clearly indicates I understand the Christian Life and my fellowship of Christ.