Series: Six Things We Must Never Forget! (3 of 3) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 5 and 6 of a 6 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.

PREVIEWS:

Part 5: God Is Still God And Firmly in Control
Series: Six Things We Must Never Forget!
Stuart Briscoe
2 Peter 3:1-13

In Peter's time, some people wished to live without God so they rationalized Him into irrelevance. Others, thinking He had disappeared from the scene, sought life without Him. The same mistakes are being made today. But He is still God and firmly in control.

I. God Is Still God and Firmly Committed to His Promises.

A. The objectives outlined by the Lord. vv. 1-2
1. He gave His promises through the prophets-"words spoken in the past."

2. He reiterated His purposes through Christ-"our Lord and Savior."

3. He repeated them through the apostles-"your apostles."

4. He has fulfilled many and will complete the rest.

B. The objections raised by the "scoffers." vv. 3 5a
1. They scoff at the idea of the "Parousia"-"where is the promise?"
a. God said He would act.

b. He hasn't.

c. He won't.

2. They do so because they are "following their own evil desires."
a. They prefer godlessness.

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Part 6: Living Today in the Light of Tomorrow
Series: Six Things We Must Never Forget!
Stuart Briscoe
2 Peter 3:14-18

Our lifestyles are intended to give continuing evidence of the work of grace in our lives. They should also bring glory to God and be a means of testimony to those who are estranged from Him. But what do these lifestyles look like and how do we live them?

I. A Lifestyle Built on Anticipation. vv. 11 14a

A. Anticipation that God will keep His promises. 1:4; 3:2

B. Anticipation that God will complete His work. 1:11; Philippians 1:6

C. Anticipation that "the day of the Lord will come." v. 10
1. A day of judgment-"the great and dreadful day of the Lord." Joel 2:31

2. A day of blessing-"the great and glorious day of the Lord." Acts 2:20

C. Anticipation that "everything will be destroyed." v. 11

D. Anticipation that God will make a new "home of righteousness." v. 13

II. A Lifestyle Committed to Application. vv. 14b 18a

A. The assumption that application is necessary.
1. "Since everything will be destroyed…what kind of people…?" v. 11

2. "Since you are looking forward to this…make every effort." v. 14

B. The ways in which application is made.
1. By gearing up to godliness.
a. Because consistency demands it-righteousness will rule!
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