Sermon Series

When You Begin To Build Back

What God wants for His people after the flood

2 Peter 1:1-11, 3:9-11
Fall Sermon Series, KFBC, 2018

1. September 9 - “What We’re Equal To”​ (1:1, 3:11) - Some events in life can cause us to stand back and reevaluate our priorities. Peter should know. In his last letter before dying, he encourages us to remember “what kind of people we should be” in light of changes to our world that are coming and to begin with the confidence that he must have lived with himself. We have​ faith like his, whether we realize it or not. A new beginning can be a place to build well.

2. September 16 - “The Power For All Things”​ (1:3-4) - Peter reminds his readers that we share in God’s own nature. Setting our hearts on what is the highest and best helps us stay away from what is corruptible.

3. September 23 - “What It Takes To Build Again” (1:5a) - Someone once said that “beginning is half done”, but if you don’t know where to begin... Peter interestingly points to “effort” or response to God’s initiative as a vital to our lives. How much of our “faith” is a gift and how much an effort? What balance of the two makes it last?

4. September 30 - “The Value Of Virtue”​ (1:5b) - How virtue (or moral excellence) affects your life of faith, keeping its standards and goals what Jesus’ would have been, even when tested, opposed, or simply encouraged to believe what others’ say is “good enough”. Paul calls it “renewing your mind” in Romans.

5. October 7 - “The Importance of Knowledge”​ (1:5c) - Knowledge contributes to a virtuous faith by building the wisdom of God’s Word learned in experience (“it works!”).

6. October 14 - “The Purpose Of Brakes” (1:6a) - Self-control enables a believer to use his or her faith to its best effect by governing the “when”, “where” and “how much”.

7. October 21 - “When You Need To Do What You Said”​ (1:6b) - Steadfastness is the very quality of God’s love we depend on when we realize we have not fulfilled our promises. It would certainly make life a better place if we did what we said we would do and stand.

8. October 28 - “What’s Better Than Cleanliness”​ (1:7a) - Godliness is better than cleanliness, not just “next to” it, as an old saying tries to advocate. This is not only because it is a step up into holiness, but means we are following Jesus’ very footsteps (as Peter encouraged in his first letter (2:21)).

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9. November 4 - “What About Him?”​ (1:7b) - Peter’s words in the close of John’s gospel (21:21) must have haunted him for years. Jesus’ response that “you (Peter) follow me” must have clarified the relationship, making our personal godliness the best way to begin expressing affection for brothers (and sisters!) as Jesus did, whatever their actions.

10. November 11 - “The Crowning Quality”​ (1:7c) - Love that is the very essence of God’s own character only becomes part of our lives as a gift. It only becomes characteristic of our actions when we are most like Him (through His Spirit).

11. November 18 - “A Word From Experience”​ (1:8-10, 3:9) - Peter’s last words are written into this letter with the heart-felt encouragement of a man who doesn’t want anyone to go through what he has (a “fall” :10). His appeal, made with the confidence of a man who learned and grew from his faults through God’s forgiveness personally shown by Jesus on the shore after the resurrection (John 21), is toward a “effective and fruitful life”. Whatever the past, God’s call and election of you makes the future bright and as full of hope as Jesus is.