Sermons

Chapter 1

Introduction to Grace
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Simeon 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: May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:1-2 (ESV) Sometimes it feels like there are those good, together, super Christians. Then there are the rest of us. We would like to do and be better but we aren’t. We seem to wrestle with the same things over and over again. Our spiritual growth seems to go through peaks and lulls. When it comes to the spiritual disciplines, well, let’s just say we had resolutions in January but now its April. Is there any hope for us? In Peter's second letter, the apostle is writing to people like you and me. They are struggling to live out their faith in a complicated and diverse world. And to add to this complexity, there are a few ‘teachers’ telling them that they have some secret special sauce to being a Christian. Peter writes this letter near the end of his life to reassure them and point them toward the one unchanging source of their righteousness - Christ.
Finding Empowering Grace
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
His 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 -- 2 Peter 1:3 (ESV) The machine of marketing is constantly running in our culture. Do you need more or something that’s bigger, faster, cooler, better, or cleaner? Then get, get, get. What we need and what we want becomes conflated. And after a while an expectation is built into us that drives us. Contentment is almost impossible to find. This kind of marketing is not exclusive to things. Go to a Christianbookstore. Your spiritual life is in need of an upgrade as well. If you do this study or read this book or have this new experience, then you can climb that spiritual mountain and overcome any negatives. Is that how the Christian life works? This week we take a look at our Christian growth through the lens of 2 Peter. We want to examine what the believer already possesses. Because, when we understand this, it produces in us contentment and gratitude which moves us even closer toward Christ. Do you have it?
Grace Unleashed
Sun, May 07, 2017
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. -- 2 Peter 1:5-7 (ESV) How would you describe the gospel? What adjective best displays it’s nature? Some of my favorites are - amazing, scandalous, grand, and gracious. To take sinful, rebellious creatures and redeem them through sacrificial love can only be described as super-natural. But that is exactly what God did through Christ. And that act is applied to us through the Holy Spirit granting us life, relationship, and family. When we understand this movement of God, we are driven to respond. That’s what we find in 2 Peter 1:5-7, our natural response to the gracious movement of God. This week instead of seeing these as a chain of virtues, I want you to understand these as appropriate and empowered responses to the gift of the gospel. And when we do, these become not a task list, to painfully accomplish, but a worshipful, thank you note written across our lives.
Grace Assured
Sun, May 14, 2017
For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. -- 2 Peter 1:9-10 (ESV) Have you ever doubted your salvation? Did you really mean the prayer you prayed? Have you done enough? How does God look at you? These are important and can be scary questions. When the answers to these questions linger we start to live in a circle of fear for our soul. Peter's statement here does not seem to quell those questions. Or do they? This week we will struggle with the ideas of assurance, election, and salvation. So it will be a light, easy sermon (Just kidding). I want to encourage you to read through 2 Peter 1 to remind yourself of the context.
Grace Amnesia
Sun, May 21, 2017
I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder -- 2 Peter 1:13 (ESV) One of my fears is succumbing to dementia. With a history of it in my family, there is a real possibility of it happening to me. And having recently seen the effects of it first hand, I can attest that it is a living death. At some point, however, the sufferer is spared by no longer understanding what is happening. But I also think there is an amnesia that is a greater danger - Gospel Amnesia. When we fail to keep in view what has been done for us in Christ, we stand in a risky, dangerous spot. When the grace of God seems regular and normal, we will venture into apathy or self-righteousness. Peter wanted to point his readers back to the basics. He calls them to remember. He calls them to return. And he wants to rehearse all of this. These restatements of the gospel are essential not only to our understanding or conversion, but to our continued growth in maturity and Christian living. As we continue to look at 2 Peter, I want to encourage you to read through that first chapter.
Grace Revealed
Sun, May 28, 2017
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. -- 2 Peter 1:16 (ESV) We live in a world of competing voices. You will define yourself and your story against other narratives around you. Who are you? What will you value? How do you know what is right? We would like to think that these are 21st century issues amplified by our connections to our world. But actually, these are questions that have resonated in the human heart since the the beginning with the fall. Peter wants his readers to know where they can turn to for these truths. After calling them to remember, he tells them where and how to rehearse these truths. I want to encourage you to read through 2 Peter 1. At the end of this chapter, Peter points to two sources. Take a minute and see if you can identify both of them.

Chapter 2

Grace Under Fire
Sun, Aug 06, 2017
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. -- 2 Peter 2:1(ESV) ‘Heresy’ probably brings weird pictures to your mind. People being burned at the stake. Formal trials over ideas or doctrines. Arguments over things that seem antiquated or ridiculous. Those all probably feel buried somewhere in the dusty halls of history, so these verses may seem like an echo from a bygone time. However, Peter won’t allow us to relegate them to the past. He says false teachers have always threatened God’s revelation and will continue to be a threat. This week we head back into our study of 2 Peter. It’s been a while since we have looked at this book written by the key leader at the birth of the church. I’d encourage you to take a few minutes before Sunday and read back through chapter 1 & 2. Also, I want to encourage you to look around on Sunday. Maybe sit in a new spot. Meet someone new. Invite someone one to join you.
Fire and Brimstone and Grace
Sun, Aug 13, 2017
if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; -- 2 Peter 2:5 (ESV) I’ve always found it odd the way we have treated the flood. The images we produce of orderly lines of animals queuing up for their place on board, or we have a bearded Noah topside with the giraffe heads popping out. These cute, family-approved, nursery-appropriate shots give us warm fuzzies like the story is about a day out on the water with Noah and his menagerie. However, this story is not a clean, pleasant story but one of darkness, evil, and judgment. The water below the ark was filled with people sinking to their demise. Those pictures don’t end up in the kid’s room, but it is this aspect that Peter highlights to demonstrate the righteous justice of God. It also vividly displays God’s ability to save the righteous, but who are they? This week we continue examining 2 Peter 2. I’d encourage you to read through this chapter. It will take you back to the book of Genesis and beyond. I look forward to discovering more about our righteous and merciful God.
Portrait of a False Teacher
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction, suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you. -- 2 Peter 2:12-13 (ESV) 'Your words are so foolishly and ignorantly composed that I cannot believe you understand them.' 'You are a bungling magpie, croaking loudly.' Martin Luther When I first encountered Martin Luther's insults I was conflicted. I didn't know whether to laugh or be offended. Many think of theologians as passionless people devoid of humor. Those people have never read Luther. His wit was unleashed during the struggles and theological wrestlings of the Reformation. In fact, through the 'magic' of the inter-webs, if you would like to be insulted by Luther you can hit up the Luther Insulter. Luther was not just doing this for comedic value, but instead his passion for truth was directly employed in his insults to injure and shock those that opposed him. Our passage this week within 2 Peter 2 reminds me of Luther's words. Using the same method, Peter highlights the danger, foolishness, and emptiness of the false teachers through various pointed descriptions of their personalities and doctrine. He pleads with us to know the truth.

Chapter 3

Grace to the End - Part1
Sun, Aug 27, 2017
. . . knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” --2 Peter 3:3-4 (ESV) Talking about eschatology brings out all sorts of different ideas and emotions. Some people are excited to figure out the puzzle. Some start scanning the headlines. Some begin to question and fear that they are not ready. Some are hoping it doesn’t come anytime soon because they have more to do. Others are just confused or even frustrated. How about you? This week we begin to unfold 2 Peter 3. In this passage, Peter turns back to his brothers and sisters. He wants to comfort and encourage them with what is to come. I want to approach this text a little differently than you may have heard it in the past, but still take a few minutes to read ahead.
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