by Marvin D. Patterson

Remember What You Have Learned
Marvin Patterson
2 Peter 1:8-18


Johnny: Daddy, are caterpillars good to eat?
Father: Have I not told you never to mention such things during meals!
Mother: Why did you say that, Junior? Why did you ask the question?
Johnny: It's because I saw one on daddy's lettuce, but now it's gone.

I don't care for them anyway

A man visits his aunt in the nursing home. It turns out that she is taking a nap, so he just sits down in a chair in her room, flips through a few magazines, and munches on some peanuts sitting in a bowl on the table.

Eventually, the aunt wakes up, and her nephew realizes he's absentmindedly finished the entire bowl. ''I'm so sorry, auntie, I've eaten all of your peanuts!''

''That's okay, dearie,'' the aunt replied. ''After I've sucked the chocolate off, I don't care for them anyway.''


We are continuing our study tonight back in 2 Peter. He is calling us to remember the Christian virtues from the previous verses. When we look back at them, we realize the steps to Christian growth. Peter says in verses 5-7,

5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

Now we pick up our study and continue in verse 8:


1- The Benefits of Christian Virtues in your Sanctification

8 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.

A small boy riding a bus home from Sunday school was very proud of the card he had received. It had a picture and a caption that read, ''Have Faith in God.'' Then to his dismay the card slipped from his hand and fluttered out the window. ''Stop the bus!'' he cried. ''I've lost my 'faith in God!''' The driver pulled the bus to a stop, and ...

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