Saturday, July 08, 2017

Homiletics: 2 Peter 3

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.Dear friends,my 2nd ltr 2u, I’ve written both2stiulate u2 wholesome thinking (1)

2.I want u2recall wds spokn by holy prophets&cmd gvn by L&Savior thru apostles (2)

3.above all,undrstd in last days, scoffers cm, scoffing&following their evil desires (3)

4.they say:where is “cming” He promised?  Evrything goes on as it has since beginng of creation (4)

5.they delibr8ly 4get by Gs Wd hvns came into being&earth formed out of h2o by h2o (5) these h2os world of that time deluged&destroyed (6) same Wd present hvns&earth resv’d4fire,kept4day of judgmt&destructn of ungodly (7)


8.forget this dear friends:w/the L a day=like 1000yrs&1000yrs=like a day (8)

9.L slow in keeping promise; He patient w/you, wanting any1 2perish,evry1 cm repentance (9)

10.but day of L cm like thief;hvns disappear w/roar, elem destoyd by fire;earth laid bare (10)

11.since everything destroyd this way,what kind of ppl ought u b?U ought2live holy godly lives (11) u lk fwd2day of G&speed its cming;that day bring destructn of hvns by fire&elem melt in heat(12) keeping w/promise we lking fwd2new hvn/earth where righteousness dwells (13) dear friends since u lking fwd2this,mk evry effrt2b found spotless,blameless,@pc w/Him (14)

15.Ls patience means salv, just as dear bro Paul wrote u w/wisdom G gave him (15)

16.He writes same all ltrs spkg of these matters; ltrs contain things hd2undrstd (16a)

17.which ignorant&unstable ppl distort, as other Scr, to their destruction (16b)


18.T4 dear friends,since u forewarned,be on guard u carried away by error of lawless&fall (17)

19.grow in grace&knowl of L&Savior JC;2Him b glory now&forever;Amen (18)


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Wholesome Thinking (1-7)

Principle: Christ leads believers to wholesome thinking through Scripture and the Holy Spirit.

2. Holy, Godly Living (8-13)

Principle: Christ makes holy, godly living possible through the cross.

3.Spotless, Blameless and At Peace with God (14-16)

Principle: Christ enables people to be spotless, blameless and at peace with God through salvation.

4.Forewarned, On Guard, Grow in Grace (17-18)

Principle:  Christ forewarns people and empowers believers to be on guard and grow in grace through His Word.


Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Peter’s second letter  challenges believers and ends by glorifying Christ.


Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK Jesus can be the source of our thoughts, life, peace and growth if we choose Him.


Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.How has your recent study of Scripture changed your thinking to look more like Christ?

2.What action have you taken through Christ that has resulted in holy, godly living?

3.In what ways does your life reflect that Christ has made you spotless, blameless and at peace with God?

4.Which warnings in Scripture have encouraged you to grow in grace and how have you instilled confidence in others to do the same?

A few notes on 2 Peter 3:


Peter says he wrote his two letters to stimulate wholesome thinking.  How have 1 and 2 Peter stimulated wholesome thinking in you?


What have you read in the prophets that has stimulated wholesome thinking in you?  What commands of Jesus have accomplished this?


What experience have you had (or heard about) with scoffers?  How has this experience changed you?


How does the behavior of scoffers affect the church and its people?


When have you questioned the delay in Christ’s coming?  How did you regain the hope of His return?


How does remembering God’s past track record combat the poison spread by scoffers?  What are your “go-to” Scripture verses that restore your hope?  Do you journal your life with God?  It will help you remember how God showed up on dark days.  If you don’t journal, how do you remember what Christ has done in, through and for you?


God’s timing is not our timing.  Can you surrender your timetable to His, knowing that His timing is absolutely perfect?  How can you ease your impatience?


Does it bring you comfort to know God isn’t slow in keeping His promise, but He doesn’t want anyone to perish?  Is He waiting for one of your loved ones to accept Christ?  Have you told your loved ones about Jesus and the price He paid to save their soul?


Is there someone who you don’t care whether they get to heaven?  What face or name just popped into your mind?  Are they a believer?  Make things right with them.  Are they not a believer?  Share Christ with them.


Are you ready for Christ’s return and the final judgment?  If you’re a believer who is still breathing and Christ hasn’t returned yet, God wants to do something in and through you.


What kind of person are you?  As a Christian, what kind of person should you be?  What has Scripture or the Holy Spirit revealed to you this week that you should be doing but aren’t doing?  What’s keeping you from obedience?


What does it mean to live a holy, godly life?  You’ve been set apart for a purpose.  Are you fulfilling it?  You’ve been given the example of Christ to follow.  Are you taking up your cross daily and following Jesus?


Are you making every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with God?  What does this look like for you?  Are you resting in Him or trying to make this happen through your own effort?


Seek guidance from Scripture and the Holy Spirit.  Pray for revelation, clarification and understanding.  Grow in grace.  How can you do that?  By practicing grace.  Know Jesus more each day.  How do you do that?  You spend time with Him.  You speak with Him.  You listen when He speaks to you.  I mean really listen.  If you really love Him, you should be hanging on every word He says.  You should remember the things He reveals to you about Himself.


Do you remember what it was like getting to know your spouse, fiancé(e) or current girlfriend or boyfriend?  Did you spend time preparing yourself to see them?  Did you give them your attention?  Did you inconvenience yourself just to be with them?  What sacrifices did you make?  How often did you think about them when you weren’t together?  How much effort did you put into planning your encounters?  Do you still treasure them the way you used to or do you take them for granted now that you “have” them?


I’m sure you already know where I’m going with this.  Are you putting this effort into your relationship with Christ?  I promise you:  if you do, you won’t regret a single moment you spend!  Have you been with Christ for so long that you now take Him for granted?  Re-kindle that first love.  It will change your life!

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