2 Peter (part 3)

2peter (Part3) – Passing the Torch

(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

 

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION – WE ARE CONTINUING OUR SERIES ON 2ND PETER THIS MORNING.  I AM ENJOYING THIS AND I HOPE THAT YOU ARE TOO!  IN PART 1, WE LEARNED THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US EVERYTHING WE NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS.  IN PART 2, WE PETER GAVE US SOME VERY PRACTICAL TEACHING ON HOW TO MAKE OUR CALLING AND ELECTION SURE.

 

2. TEXT:  2PETER 1:12-21 (NIV)

3. AT THE END OF HIS LIFE PETER’S HIGHTEST PRIORITY WAS PASSING THE TORCH

Ÿ  GOD HAD CLEARLY SHOWN PETER THAT HE WOULD NOT BE HERE MUCH LONGER

Ÿ  IF WE KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING TO DIE WE FOCUS ON THINGS MOST IMPORTANT

Ÿ  FOR PETER IT WAS THAT BELIEVERS IN ASIA MINOR CONTINUE IN THE FAITH, FINISH STRONG

Ÿ  EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE DOING WELL AT THE TIME (VS 12), PETER KNEW THAT THE ENEMY WOULD ATTACK, HIS PRINCIPLE ATTACK IS THROUGH THEIR MIND, THOUGHT LIFE;

Ÿ   IT WAS THE WORD OF GOD THAT WOULD KEEP THEM AFTER HE WAS NO LONGER HERE

4. PETER WAS AN EYE WITNESS OF CHRIST’S MAJESTY

Ÿ  HE, ALONG WITH PETER JAMES AND JOHN WERE WITH JESUS ON THE MT OF TRANSFIGURATION

Ÿ  PETER RECALLED WHAT HAD HAPPENED THERE…

Ÿ  WE ALL NEED TO EXPERIENCE THAT TIME WHEN JESUS IS MADE REAL TO US: FOR PETER IT WAS THE MOUNT OF TRANSFIGURATION, FOR PAUL IT WAS ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS

Ÿ  IT IS THEN WE REALIZE THAT HE WAS NOT JUST A MAN, EVEN A GOOD MAN OR A PROPHET…

Ÿ  THIS CHANGED PETER FOREVER; HE WAS RESOLUTE IN HIS CONVICTIONS; NOTHING MOVED HIM

5. THE PROPHETIC WORD BECAME MORE SURE TO HIM

Ÿ  MANY PROHECIES WERE FUFILLED IN CHRIST’S COMING & WHY HE CAME: ISAIAH 53; PS 22

Ÿ  OTHER PROPHECIES HAVE BEEN FULFILLED SINCE PETER’S TIME: THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE & THE COLLAPSE OF THE JEWISH NATION, THE ADVENT & SPREAD OF CHRISTIANITY, THE RESTORATION OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL

Ÿ  OTHER PROPHECIES HAVE YET TO BE FULFILLED: THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH, THE COMING OF THE ANTICHRIST, THE GREAT TRIBULATION PERIOD, THE COLLAPSE OF THIS WORLD’S ECONOMIC SYSTEM

Ÿ  BIBLE HAS AN EXCELLENT TRACK RECORD IN PREDICTING THE FUTURE; DON’T BET AGAINST IT

6. SCRIPTURE (THE BIBLE) DID NOT COME ABOUT BECAUSE OF MAN’S INITIATIVE

Ÿ  VS 21 PROPHECY DID NOT HAVE ITS ORGIN (BEGINNING) IN THE WILL OF MAN..MEN SPOKE FOR GOD, AS THEY WERE MOVED ON BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

Ÿ  2SAM 23:2 “The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.

Ÿ  ALSO: JER 1:7-9, IN THE N.T. PAUL WRITES BOLDLY TO THE CORINTHIANS: 1COR 14: 37

Ÿ  2Ti 3:16, 17  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Ÿ  GOD HAS PROVISIONED US FOR THE SPIRITUAL BATTLES WE ENCOUNTER: 2COR 10:3-5

CONCLUSION – AS WE MATURE IN OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH, OUR PRIORITY TOO WILL BE PASSING THE TORCH, WE WANT TO PASS OUR FAITH ON TO THE NEXT GENERATION.  WE ARE HERE TODAY BECAUSE SOMEONE WAS FAITHFUL TO PREACH, TEACH AND MENTOR THE GOSPEL TO US; TO TEACH US TO PRAY, TO READ GOD’S WORD, TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE A PART OF THE BODY OF CHRIST, TO DISCOVER OUR GIFTS AND CALLINGS, TO TELL HURTING PEOPLE OF GOD’S LOVE AND GOD’S GOOD NEWS: THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.  2Ti 4:7, 8:  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the RACE, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

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