2 Peter 1:12-21 The Prophetic Word Confirmed

Highlights

  • Peter is going to remind us of the certainty of the basis for all of this. Not a philosophy, code, moral ethic. Really, really real.
  • stir – agitate. Sometimes we need that. Encountering someone we disagree with can help correct us, or further establish us in the truth.
  • You are never too young to think about what you are going to leave behind.
  • Boundary markers – help you now when you are about to cross a line. Psalm 119:9, 11.
    • Landmarks / altars – reminder to self and future of signifi- cant encounter with God. A-ha moments.
    • What are your landmarks? What are you doing to remember the reminders? Devos, study, memorization.
  • The God who moved and spoke to and through those people, wants to move and speak to and through you, in terms of relationship and delivering the gospel, the light to be heeded.

2 Peter 1:12-21 The Prophetic Word Confirmed

Jesus; Savior, Lord, and Mentor?

“Your father brings you into this world. Your Rabbi brings you into the world to come.” Mishna

It can happen to any of us. From the seasoned saint to the new-ish believer, we can hit a point where Jesus feels distant. I know He is my savior, but He died and rose again almost 2,000 years ago on the other side of the world from me. I know He is my Lord, but that makes me think of a King in a distant castle up on a throne while I’m out here in the kingdom trying to serve Him. Does it ever feel like there is something missing from this relationship? There is; it’s seeing Jesus Himself as your primary Mentor.

Jesus; Savior, Lord, and Mentor?

2 Peter 1:1-11 Give All Diligence

Highlights

  • Stuff must have happened between two letters. Very different. What?
    • A lack of diligence in their walk combined with persecution.
    • Weakened them to be deceived by false teachers promising them easier way.
    • Resulting in them bailing on Jesus and forgetting the promises concerning Godʼs love and justice. They needed reminders.
  • knowledge – epignosko. clear and exact knowledge from experience.
  • 1:4 great and precious promises through which we can be partners in, participants of the divine nature. The Exchange.
  • Where are you? Where are we as a church? Do you have all things? Are you partaking? Are you experiencing Jesus?
  • giving all diligence – strip down life to its essentials, add this in first, then the rest by priority. As soon as this gets crowded out something else needs to go
  • Imagine you know where your car keys are, but you spend all your time looking for them everywhere but where they are, and wondering why you canʼt find them. People do this with Jesus.
  • sure – you canʼt be more saved or less saved. Salvation, calling, election are in what He has done, not what we do. Peter means, for our sakes, do what it takes to make our lives in him firmly fixed, rooted, grounded.
  • Youʼre saved? Great! Do you have the abundant life Jesus promised?

2 Peter 1:1-11 Give All Diligence

Sweet Love: Having A Marriage That Doesn’t Suck, Week 4 – Empty Nest

We dated for five months, were engaged for nearly 18 months, and were married for nine months when learned that baby number one was on the way. We were 22 years old. That same baby turned 21 this month, and son number two turns 20 this year. Jess and I have spent half of our lives raising these boys. Over the past couple of years as they have become more independent, even though they still live with us, Jess and I have been getting reacquainted in the best ways. We are not the same people we married and that’s as it should be. It’s been fun as well as challenging. Here is how we got here, and what we are doing now as nearly empty nesters.

Sweet Love: Having A Marriage That Doesn't Suck, Week 4 - Empty Nest

1 Peter 5 The True Grace of God

Highlights

  • 5:1-4 Context of leaders in a time of persecution
  • not as being lords – not domineering, having dominion (5:11), being the boss of, Michael Scott
  • glory – carries the idea of approval. “You did it!” “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
  • submit yourselves – command, repeated in letter
  • humility – thinking of ourselves as we actually are in relation to others as we are in Jesus
  • humble – low, opposite of hyper
  • casting upon him – giving responsibility over to another
  • Everything in life filtered through the true grace of God.