His Power and My Effort

2014 Passion Conference

In this 47-minute session from the 2014 Passion Conference, Francis Chan breaks down the first nine verses of 2 Peter 1 to encourage you in the Holy Spirit who gives us all equal standing. You will be empowered to boldly pursue seven qualities of faith for an effective and fruitful spiritual life.

Francis is the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA and founder of Eternity Bible College. He is also a frequent conference speaker and the author of several best-selling books including Crazy Love and Forgotten God

Read the passage below before considering the following questions.

2 Peter 1:1-9 (ESV)


1Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

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3His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,4by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.5For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,6and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,7and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.8For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.9For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

In Christ, we have a faith of equal standing (v. 1). How does that make you feel? Who do you compare your faith and godliness to?
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Because we have divine power through the Holy Spirit, we are partakers of divine nature (vv. 3-4). What keeps you from believing this miracle? How does it humble and empower you?
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We are called to make every effort to supplement our faith with virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love. Read below how Francis described them.
  • VIRTUE: moral excellence 
  • KNOWLEDGE: an understanding of God and His Word
  • SELF-CONTROL:  the fight for purity in your heart and mind 
  • STEADFASTNESS: perseverance when you want to quit
  • GODLINESS:  intentional worship of the Lord
  • BROTHERLY AFFECTION:  familial respect and love for other believers
  • LOVE:  a heart for all people including unbelievers, the poor, and your enemies

What efforts do you make to supplement your faith with the above qualities? Which would you like to grow in, and how can you do that?
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Francis described what it means to be nearsighted (v 9). In what ways are you prone to nearsightedness? What helps you step back and focus on eternal things?
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Lord, thank you for the miracle of the Holy Spirit. We pray for belief in your divine power within us and eyes to see eternally so that every day is truly better than the last. Amen.

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