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Give It All You Got! (Part 3) (2 Peter 1:5-8)Tommy Boring, December 6, 2015
Part of the 2 Peter 1 series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
The foundation must be established in Jesus then faith is made. You are to do whatever it is that you are doing with your entire heart and not half heartedly. We are to add to our faith, virtue. Virtue means excellent. If we never had struggles then our inward would have all freedom. God never did anything halfway. We are to add to our virtue, knowledge. You must be teachable. Knowledge can easily be a prideful thing. One can't find diamonds laying on top of the ground. They are made deep down in the earth under great force and pressure. Just as our life, we are to learn with great knowledge, pressure under great diligence. We are to add to our knowledge, temperance. Having temperance means you have self control. Add to your temperance, patience. When one needs patience, one will have troubles. The hardest patience to learn is to not go beyond God, seeking or thinking we know what we need and not what God wants. Add to your patience, godliness. Godliness is the act of doing God like things. Brotherly kindness is to be added to godliness. It is the by product of godliness that makes us love everyone like God loves us. Charity being the last to be added and it is the full love of Christ. When you add to something it just gets bigger and bigger. Just like our Christian walk, we should want to get bigger and bigger in God. There is a reason why God is calling us to do these eight steps. If they are in you and they abound you will never be barren or fruitless. The reason to why you need fruit is because the world is looking for fruit. Have you ever seen a tree struggle to make fruit? It's natural that it produces fruit because it's its nature.
Tommy and his wife Teresa were married at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church June of 1985. His first full-time church ministry was at Meadow Branch Primitive Baptist Church where he served as their pastor for 2 years and 9 months. Tommy and Teresa have 3 sons; Christopher, Justin and Blake.
In October of 1991 Tommy was called as pastor of Edgewood Primitive Baptist Church and stayed until October of 2002 fulfilling God’s call for Edgewood.
Since January 2003, he has been the pastor of NPPBC. His two oldest children are married and live in the Maryville area.
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2 Peter 1:5-8
5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (KJV)