Sermons

Empowering Grace

Empowering Grace
Apr 2017 - Sep 2017
In the closing chapter of the Apostle Peter’s life, he writes to believers seeking to live out their faith. Is there something more they need? Do the teachers whispering in their ear have the secret? What do they need to know? Join us as we explore 2 Peter and discover God’s Empowering Grace.

Sermons in this series

Grace and Fire - Part 2
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! --2 Peter 3:11-12 (ESV) Doctrine is contained in thick, dusty books located in the back of libraries far away from everyday life. It’s great for seminary students and professors but unnecessary for real people. Be honest. Is that how you think of doctrine? My guess is, you wouldn’t pick up a book on doctrine for some light pleasure reading. In the buzz of life it seems pretty distant. But I propose it really is not. In fact, I think everyone is a theologian. And everyone lives by some doctrine, even atheists. This week, we are going to examine the connection between our understanding of the end with our life today. Peter wants us to connect the dots. How we understand the end will change the way we live today. I want to encourage you to read through 2 Peter 3. We will close out our series this week.
Grace and Fire - Part 1
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. 2 Peter 3:10(ESV) From the eclipse to the fires to the hurricanes, I’ve heard more theories, ideas, predictions, and fear about the end times then in my recent memory. Some even come with an extra side of bad theology, and others tend to use the Bible more like a Nostradamus prediction. Most severely lack a clear biblical understanding and history, and most betray our American centric perspective. None that I have seen point to a greater Hope. Peter won’t let us maintain such a perspective. In fact, what we are going to look at this week is bigger then America or even the globe. This is truly universal. We will be continuing to look at 2 Peter 3. I want to encourage you to read through the chapter and find what understanding the end produces in the believer.
Grace to the End - Part 2
Sun, Sep 03, 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) The BIG one is coming!!! We are told that something will end life as we know it. Global climate change, a super-virus, shortages of food or energy, and even a zombie outbreak have all been cautioned about. What is out of vogue is to think that God is the one that will end things, that being only a silly, non-scientific, ancient notion that holds no weight. But, Peter reminds his friends that Christ will surely return. But how can we know? This week we will explore the arguments that Peter makes as he argues for Christ’s return. These truths point us toward a God that is just and merciful. It’s a great text. Take a few minutes and read through 2 Peter 3. I also want to encourage you on this holiday weekend to invite a friend to join us! And take a few minutes to read through the rest of the email to find out about the needs and news around Hope.
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.
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.
Fire & Brimstone & 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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