by Roby Ellis

[Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:18]


A. In spite of the fact that we are living in the information age, the level of Bible knowledge seems to be near an all-time low.

B. Knowledge is vitally important to our wellbeing, particularly when it comes to our spiritual wellbeing (John 8:32).

I. A lack of knowledge can have disastrous results.

A. Without knowledge we are sure to perish (Hosea 4:6).

B. Zeal is worthless (and even dangerous) without knowledge to accompany it (Romans 10:2; 1 Timothy 1:13).

C. Without adequate knowledge we cannot teach others (cf. Matthew 28:19; 2 Timothy 2:2).

D. Without adequate knowledge we can even be misled ourselves (1 Timothy 6:20-21; Matthew 15:14; 2 Peter 3:14-17).

II. We must be diligent about adding knowledge to our character.

A. We need to try to steadily increase in our knowledge (2 Peter 3:18; Colossians 1:9-10).

B. We obtain such knowledge through study of the Word (2 Timothy 3:14-17; 1 Timothy 4:13) and through learning from others (Luke 10:39; Acts 20:7).

C. The kind of study that produces growth requires diligence (2 Peter 1:5).


A. In addition to knowledge, we must also grow in grace (2 Peter 3:18).

B. We need to aid the children in their growth in knowledge by teaching them when they are small (Deuteronomy 6:6-12).

C. We should also realize that there are some things that no amount of study will reveal to us (1 Peter 1:10-12; Deuteronomy 29:29).

D. Are you hungering and thirsting after righteousness? 

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