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He gives us the tools to be godly... (slide7)Now, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. The reality is that we do it anyway, even though many of us say we just take it as it is. “Living Stones”: A Sermon on 1 Peter 2:2-10 June 6, 2017 Taylor S. Brown Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! God has revealed what is true - right here in His Word. And it requires, on our part, participation. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must never graduate from Sunday school. But the growing Christian walks with confidence because he knows he is secure in Christ.

Apr 25, 1982. The opposite of that, is what we face when we look at this passage of scripture.

Let me read an explanation from a Bible Dictionary: When godliness is applied to the Christian life, it denotes a life that is acceptable to Christ, indicating the proper attitude of the believer toward Christ who has saved him. But we are not left without help!

It was that same kind of situation that the writer of 2 Peter is addressing. Times like this remind the child of God of their life before Christ, one filled with uncertainty, shallowness, and misery. Some people say they don’t interpret the Bible, they just take it as it is.

Those early books in the Bible are filled with the left-over radiation of his presence. Scripture quotations from the World English Bible. Until finally, the canon of the New Testament was closed. They had been invited by a lady in the church who had welcomed them into her home, and then … I am the root and the offspring of David; the Bright and Morning Star.”. “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, “You have heard that it was said to the ancient ones, ‘You shall not murder…. The church had been around long enough that they were having trouble with people who were distorting the truth of the gospel.

To suggest that all of the Bible is on equal footing would mean that not only would we emphasize the love of neighbor as found in Leviticus 19:18, but we would have to put equal weight on the commandment found in the very next verse which says one must not wear a garment made of two different materials. Dr. Boring says that Jesus was Ground Zero of God’s breaking into our world. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. The reference to the “morning star” is found in several passages in the Bible. Without empowering and equipping them with what they need, to do what I’ve asked them to do.When we look at the bible, we see that God asks or commands us to do many things. (slide15)Now think about what that means here in the context of 2 Peter 1:3.1. God’s word tells us that the heavens declare the glory of God, and we see that with our senses...we experience that in real life, especially when I wake up on a beach and see the sunrise. “You have heard that it was said to the ancient ones, ‘You shall not murder…. It sits there while we do anything but plug into the source of this power.

(slide9)It’s the same word used in verse 4, where it says that God has given us His great and precious promises.

Jesus was a creative and imaginative teacher, but much of his material was not original with him. God has acted, now you must cooperate. It comes from God.The truth is, we don’t have the resources, we’re not equipped, in and of ourselves, to cope with life, or to live godly lives. As the pages are turned, what shall they see. Sometimes we’re just not equipped for work, for specific tasks. I have a condition called epilepsy. Verse 16 says, “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”. (Slide11)It’s not just knowledge, not just knowing stuff, its full knowledge.... It’s not knowing everything, but knowing everything we need to know. Scripture: 2 Peter 1:5–11. But this writer speaks on behalf of Peter and reminds the hearers that Peter and others were eyewitnesses of the events like the Transfiguration.

Here we’re talking about divine power. In 1 Tim. But dead faith is not saving faith (James 2). How can we have everything we need for life and godliness? It’s not anything we can develop on our own. God has given us tools of the trade are we going to use the tools to live God’s way. People who have this kind of Christian experience are not likely to fall to false teaching. It goes like this: They lie on the table side by side I sent them to a Tafe course somewhere, to train them in how to paint walls, and how to do it well. v. 8), if we display Christian growth and character in our daily lives, then we can be sure we are converted, that we are changed and will one day be in heaven. It’s as if I gave someone the paint brushes, I gave them more than enough paint. "I’ve given it to you." A Sermon on 2 Peter 1:5-7 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. Interpretation does not mean that one does not believe the Bible. The problem was that she did not tell me the Mormons were coming. I’ve heard some Christians say, “What is going to be is going to be. Jesus also tells us to bless those who persecute us. There’s your manual they gave you after graduating from Tafe. It is not our profession of faith that guarantees that we are saved; it is our progression in the faith that gives us that assurance. We can learn from the mistakes of many generations who have gone before us.

It requires cooperation with the Giver of this gift.

The Greeks used this phrase to describe the welcome given Olympic winners when they returned home. And the more time that passed and the fewer people there were who were near Ground Zero, the less inspiration they had. Copyright 2005 Dr. Mickey Anders. He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture. One is used daily to help folks decide. I liked the reference to the day dawning and the morning star rising in our hearts. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Peter was likely martyred about 64 or 65 C.E. Peter also pointed out that election is no excuse for spiritual immaturity or for lack of effort in the Christian life. There is nothing we can do.” But Peter admonishes us to “be diligent.” This means “make every effort.” (slide20). • One of those worlds is characterized by foolishness, incredulity, darkness, despair, and evil, and leads to hell. Not from reading the Bible, from watching TV. But the good news is that once we’ve recognized that we need Him, we have this divine power source that we can plug into, enabling us to live Godly lives.In this verse, the word is used to tell us of the free giving of God’s power, with the result being we have everything we need, to live as Christian men and woman. 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. The same God who elects His people also ordains the means to call them. I am the root and the offspring of David; the Bright and Morning Star.”. But God uses that Gospel to call sinners to repentance, and then those sinners discover that they were chosen by God! He will not always be on the mountaintop, but he or she will always be climbing higher. If you don’t, you’re nearsighted and blind, and you’ve forgotten what God has done for you. Every believer will arrive in heaven, but some will have a more glorious welcome than others. 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. There were just two problems with that. The author is addressing a group of people who had lived long enough after Jesus’ day to have given up believing that Christ would return soon.

I had been teaching through the New Testament and had prepared a Bible study on the verses that happened to come next. We just have to decide to use the tools, and learn how to use the tools...and yes we can learn.It would be stupid and a waste of time if He didn’t equip us to learn what we need to learn to be godly, or even to cope with life? After all that, what would you think of the person I asked to paint, if they said, "I can’t?"

Even those who claim to take the Bible at face value must interpret what they read. Divine election must never be an excuse for human laziness. It means that we have the right and the responsibility to interpret the Bible. The Word of God is seldom read. and this book may have been written as much as 50 years after that.

(slide14)I think we could even say that our experience of Him with our senses, and in our prayer, is guided by, enhanced by, driven by, the Word of God.After all, the God’s word instructs us to pray. A first task in interpretation is to determine which is which. We like the sound of something that’s Powerfully Equipped. Of course, divine means it comes from God. 4:16; Exo. It just means that if we are to bring the message of the Bible into the twenty-first century, it has to be interpreted. Faith grows when the pressures of the world are confronted with the truth of God’s Word. We must take the Bible seriously and take our task of interpreting seriously. I found myself stammering and stuttering through the sermon. That tells me that our understanding slowly grows.

"I don’t have the tools," "I don’t know how.”  "I don’t have what I need. In fact, the growing Christian can look forward to “an abundant entrance” into the eternal kingdom! Second Peter is a difficult book to preach from because most scholars don’t think Peter actually wrote it. The men’s group concluded from the verse that we must not be so sure of our interpretations.

So, if we say, I can’t do it, I don’t know how, I’m not equipped; we’re calling God a liar. or sermon number (e.g., #1123), The Congregational Prayers of Dr. Lloyd-Jones. Finally, she made a deal that if she went to their church, they would have to come to hers. The whole law and the prophets Well, I think much of Mormon theology is myth, so the passage was a bit close to home.

If you walk around with your eyes closed, you will stumble! And the truth is, we’re not all equipped for just anything, because we’re not all supposed to do just anything & everythingFor example, when I was in High school, I always wanted to be in the armed forces – the army or the air force. 9 But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

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