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   Others May, But You Cannot
   Judges 13; 2 Peter 1:1-10
Sunday Morning Service,  September 11, 2016
 
Samson's hair of seven locks compared to the seven spiritual qualities listed in Peter, by the keeping of which we might escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.

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   Stirring Up Spiritual Memory – Part 3
   2 Peter 1:12-15, Ephesians 6
Sunday Morning Service,  January 31, 2016
As Peter neared the end of his ministry to the church, he was intent not to give the Lord’s people something new, but to stir their spiritual memory, or make them recall what they already had. Likewise, as my pastoral ministry at Bethany draws to a close, I would like to remind you of several essential blessings that are yours as believers in Christ.

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   Stirring Up Spiritual Memory – Part 2b
   2 Peter 1:12-15; Romans 8:1-11
Sunday Morning Service,  January 17, 2016
As Peter neared the end of his ministry to the church, he was intent not to give the Lord’s people something new, but to stir their spiritual memory, or make them recall what they already had. Likewise, as my pastoral ministry at Bethany draws to a close, I would like to remind you of several essential blessings that are yours as believers in Christ.

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   Stirring Up Spiritual Memory – Part 2a
   2 Peter 1:12-15; Acts
Sunday Morning Service,  January 10, 2016
As Peter neared the end of his ministry to the church, he was intent not to give the Lord’s people something new, but to stir their spiritual memory, or make them recall what they already had. Likewise, as my pastoral ministry at Bethany draws to a close, I would like to remind you of several essential blessings that are yours as believers in Christ.

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   Stirring Up Spiritual Memory – Part 1
   2 Peter 1:12-15; Ephesians 2:1-10
Sunday Morning Service,  January 3, 2016
As Peter neared the end of his ministry to the church, he was intent not to give the Lord’s people something new, but to stir their spiritual memory, or make them recall what they already had. Likewise, as my pastoral ministry at Bethany draws to a close, I would like to remind you of several essential blessings that are yours as believers in Christ.

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   The New Testament Idea of Repentance - Part 2
   Luke 24:45-48; Acts 2:38; 3:17-21; 11:1-18; 17:22-31; 20:17-21; 2 Corinthians 12;21; 2 Peter 3:9; Revelation 2-3
Wednesday Evening Service,  March 18, 2015
 
In Part 1, we saw that “repentance” is expressed by three different words in the New Testament, and that those words carry the idea of turning or returning, regretting, and changing one’s mind. In Part 2 we continue our study of the word “repentance” by looking specifically at the use of metanoia—or, a change of mind—in the New Testament. Then we will draw some conclusions based on our observations of this word in its various contexts.

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   A Blessing at the End
   2 Peter 3:14-18
Sunday Morning Service,  October 6, 2013
Peter ends his second epistle with a word of blessing to the saints. This benediction, though brief, contains in it my own personal blessing for Bethany Bible Church as I depart.

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   Notes on the End of 2 Peter 3
   2 Peter 3:14-17
Wednesday Evening Service,  October 2, 2013
This lesson develops closely a few key themes from 2 Peter 3:14-17, including the necessity of holiness, the unity of the apostles' doctrine, and the nature of perseverance.

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   So Heavenly Minded
   2 Peter 3:11-13
Sunday Morning Service,  May 26, 2013
“He’s so heavenly minded he’s of no earthly good.” Peter, were he to have heard this old sardonic remark, would not have thought it too funny. Peter believed that Christians ought to have so powerful a vision of the glorious future promised to believers that this vision transformed their lives in the present. No one who is truly heavenly minded will allow their life to remain unaltered. This text teaches us that Our Future Must Change our Present. In our text, Peter suggests three ways the future changes our present.

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   God's Timing Is Always Best
   2 Peter 3:8-10
Sunday Morning Service,  April 14, 2013
In verses 8-10, Peter assures the believers that the day of the Lord will come. The false teachers were questioning if the Lord was coming back. Peter insists that he will return. But if the day of the Lord is coming, why the delay? What’s taking so long? Peter writes these words to urge us to continue to look for the Lord’s return. We as believers must continue to hope in God’s promise of salvation. We must believe that God’s timing with the day of the Lord is best. Peter gives us three reasons to remain hopeful in the promised return of Jesus Christ.

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   Mindful of the Words
   2 Peter 3:1-7
Sunday Morning Service,  February 3, 2013
Peter knows how weak we are. He knows how easily our feeble minds forget. And so he writes this letter to them so that they keep in mind the teachings of God’s word. Be mindful of God’s word. Let your mind be filled with it. The challenge of this passage is to look away from the events and circumstances around us, and keep our focus on the word of God that stands behind all reality.

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   The Tragedy of Apostasy
   2 Peter 2:20-22
Sunday Morning Service,  November 25, 2012
Apostasy is a total departure from the Christian faith. Having exposed the folly of false freedom in 2:17-19, Peter explains the tragedy of apostasy. The passage makes clear that turning away from Christ is actually worse than never hearing the Gospel. This sermon first answers the question if 2 Peter 2:20-22 teaches a Christian can lose his salvation and then looks at three reasons why apostasy is tragic.

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   Enslaved by False Freedom
   2 Peter 2:17-19
Sunday Morning Service,  September 23, 2012
The false teachers in 2 Peter not only taught false doctrine, but lived like reprobates. They were after the Christians, to draw them into their own sinfulness. In verses 17-19, Peter shines more light on the destructive lifestyle and methods of these charlatans. The core issue was a distorted view of Christian liberty. Freedom in Christ was turned on its head. Unfortunately, notions of false freedom still circulate today. Many Christians in our generation promise fraudulent liberty and turn the free grace of Christ promised in gospel into a greenhouse for sin. We too must reject false freedom.

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   Bad Like Balaam
   2 Peter 2:10b-16
Sunday Morning Service,  July 29, 2012
In chapter 2, Peter is teaching us a great deal about false teachers, and the development of that teaching continues into verses 10b-16. In verses 15-16 Peter compares them to Balaam. The big idea in this passage is that there are some Christians who, if they don’t get you abandon Christ through bad teaching, they get you through bad living. We must not accept as normal those who call themselves Christians but reject the Christian way of living. These kinds of “Christians” are dangerous.

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   Two Things God Knows How to Do
   2 Peter 2:4-10a
Sunday Morning Service,  July 1, 2012
2 Peter 2:4-10a go on to prove from historical precedent two connected truths: God will rescue the righteous and he will punish the unrighteous. As we think about the sober reminder that judgment is coming, we ought to walk away with one central imperative: we must cling to the Christ of the Bible. Why? Because God will rescue the righteous and he will punish the unrighteous. This text has three important examples from history that prove that very point.

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   Teaching That Destroys
   2 Peter 2:1-3
Sunday Morning Service,  June 3, 2012
Peter wants us to see the destructive ways of false teaching. False teaching warrants eternal destruction because it exploits Christ's body, it blasphemes Christ's name, and it denies Christ's redemptive work.

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   The Stunningly Supernatural Scriptures
   2 Peter 1:20-21
Sunday Morning Service,  April 15, 2012
Peter, in emphasizing that we must with the eyes of faith focus our spiritual attention on the Scriptures, makes a striking claim that the Scriptures come ultimately from God.

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   The Second Coming of Jesus Is Not a Fairy Tale
   2 Peter 1:16-19
Sunday Morning Service,  April 1, 2012
In verses 16-19, Peter defends the veracity of his teachings, which was being assailed by false teachers. Not only is all of Christian doctrine true, but, Peter emphasizes, the Second Coming of Christ is true. Therefore he reminds these churches of the reasons they should continue to believe it. We too must be people who believe the message of Christ's apostles that Jesus will return.

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   How Preachers are Like a String around Your Finger
   2 Peter 1:12-15
Sunday Morning Service,  February 5, 2012
Peter is telling us that reminders are crucial, vital parts of life of the people of God. I want us to understand this morning from Peter’s words how critical repetition of Christian truth is for us as believers. He gives two reasons why you need to be reminded of teachings you’ve heard before. Christians need reminders 1) because we must continue in the things we already know, and 2) because they wake us up.

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   We're Not There Yet - Part 2
   2 Peter 1:5-11
Sunday Morning Service,  January 15, 2012
Last month, we looked at verses 5-8 of this passage. The point of this entire section is that Christians must resist spiritual inertia and supplement their faith. We are often tempted to kick back and relax spiritually, but Peter is telling us that it is necessary for us as believers to fight against this and grow spiritually.

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   We're Not There Yet - Part 1
   2 Peter 1:5-11
Sunday Morning Service,  December 18, 2011
Second Peter 1:5-11 paragraph contains several reasons why we must move forward, and then a little portrait of maturing Christian character describing how we move forward. The first sermon will look at the first reason why we must move forward and how we move forward.

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   Can We Trust Our Bible?
   2 Peter 1:19-21
Sunday School,  October 30, 2011
The Bible is under attack. We as Christians need to be armed and ready to defend the Scriptures. This lesson will help give confidence that we do have the Word of God in our hands.

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   Knowing Christ
   2 Peter 1:2-4
Sunday Morning Service,  October 16, 2011
In verses 2-4, everything hinges on knowing Christ. In verse 2, the grace and peace comes by virtue of our knowing God and Christ. The spiritual gifts in verse 3 are likewise through knowing Christ, the one “who called us to his own glory and virtue.” And although the “by which” in verse 4 refers specifically to the glory and virtue of Christ, the glory and virtue of Christ that gives the promises in verse 4 are connected to our knowing Christ.

We must be people who know Christ. This passage suggests three reasons why we must know Christ: 1. Knowing Christ brings the multiplication of God’s grace and peace (v 2); 2. Knowing Christ gives life and godliness (v 3); and 3. Knowing Christ bestows very great and precious promises (v 4).

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   Jesus Changes Everything
   2 Peter 1:1
Sunday Morning Service,  October 9, 2011
The first verse of 2 Peter illustrates Peter’s ‘Christianized’ way of thinking, and challenges us to change the way we ourselves think. Therefore, the challenge of these verses is to let the glory of Christ change the way you think.

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   Sensationalism Versus Substance - Part 1
   Mark 13:32; 2 Peter 3:3-13
Wednesday Evening Service,  May 11, 2011
The subject of eschatology—or the doctrine of final things—is a fascinating subject. The mysterious nature of biblical prophecy demands that the interpreter search for meaning with understanding. But this also means that prophecy can be open to a variety of interpretations, some of them more fanciful than others. It is important, therefore, at the beginning of our study to separate sensationalism from substance. In this three-part series, we will first look at the various ways that biblical prophecies have been obviously misused and misapplied. Next we will begin to look at the various pieces of prophecy and where they must be placed upon the eschatological timetable.

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   The Doctrine of the Word of God: Inspiration
   2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21
Sunday School,  January 9, 2011
That “all Scripture is breathed out by God” teaches us that Scripture is a God-produced book. Ultimately, God produced the Bible, though He used men to write it. This lesson explores the doctrine of inspiration as taught in Scripture.

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   A Dangerous Acquiescence
   Genesis 13-14, 19; 2 Peter 2:4-10
Sunday School,  September 16, 2007
 
The process of becoming like Christ is a matter of holiness. But when we acquiesce to the sin or values in the world, we find ourselves in a position where we look and act more like the cosmos than like Christ. When this happens to a child of God, it is by degrees. As the life of Lot illustrates in four decisive steps, compromise toward the world can lead to a terrible spiritual end.

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