Three Danger Signs
II Peter 1:1-12
November 25, 2005
INTRODUCTION: In this letter, the Apostle Peter is writing to the saints, whom, because of persecution, had been scattered throughout the Roman Empire. His purpose for writing was to encourage them in the faith. He desired to build them up--to mature them and to mold them in such a way that they would be able to stand against their persecutors, and the false teachers of that day (2:1, 2).
Again, he said in (vv. 5-8), "...giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."
As with all the Word of God, the teachings of the Bible
and their applications, though given thousands of years ago, are just as current and applicable for us today. Romans 15:4 states: "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."
As I begin my message this morning, I want to underscore Peter's words in the last part of (vs. 10), "for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall." On the other hand, it's obvious, if we don't do these things, then there is the danger of falling. Certainly none of us wants to fall. None of us wake up in the morning and say, "I think this is the day I'll begin my downhill slide." No, we are determined to serve God to be faithful--to do the right things, in order that we might please Him.
But there is that certain danger isn't there? Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 10:12, "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." Let me give you "Three Danger Signs."
I. The Danger in Forgetting
II. The Danger In Taking Things for Gra ...
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