This year our theme is ‘Higher’ based from the text 2 Peter 1:3-8.

Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge temperance, to temperance patience, to patience godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In his final Epistle to the Church, Peter is admonishing the Church with some very pertinent and profound insights. He is calling us to “grow in grace and the knowledge our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Pet 3:18

Growth is the expectation for every Christian, particularly in the areas of grace and the knowledge of Christ. In order for that to occur, Peter reveals in this text that it must be something that we work on with diligence, by building up the various attributes of Christ-likeness in our lives. These attributes are not to be isolated features, but as interconnected characteristics of faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. Building one upon another like a house that grows higher and higher as each component is added.

These principles are characteristic of Jesus Christ and to know him in an intimate relationship means to have these principles developed in our lives. This year, we want to soar higher in Christ in our spiritual journey. We want our spiritual house to be built up higher as we abide in ‘Heavenly places in Christ’. Rise Higher in Christ, in 2015!

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.