Sunday, 5th September 10.30 am Order of Service

WELCOME

HYMN Join all the glorious names

  1. Join all the glorious names
    Of wisdom, love, and pow’r,
    That ever mortals knew,
    That angels ever bore:
    All are too weak to speak His worth,
    Too poor to set my Saviour forth.
  1. Great Prophet of my God,
    My tongue would bless Thy name,
    By Thee the joyful news
    Of our salvation came,
    The joyful news of sins forgiv’n,
    Of hell subdued, and peace with Heav’n.
  1. Then let my soul arise,
    And tread the tempter down;
    My Captain leads me forth
    To conquest and a crown:
    The weakest saint shall win the day,
    Though death and hell obstruct the way.

PRAYER

READING 2 Peter 1:1-2.

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

INTRODUCTORY VIDEO TO 2 PETER

SERMON

INTRODUCTION

The apostle opens and closes 2 Peter with the theme of victory. It opens with how to gain the victory of grace and peace and then closes with eternal victory for those who have grown in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (3:18). But within the Letter we find Christians being besieged by problems from without and eroded by problems from within. So 2 Peter focuses primarily on how to grow when surrounded by problems and perplexities.

Three main thoughts dominate this letter. First, the writer has not long to live in this world, and has a pastoral concern that believers should keep on growing in their discipleship. Second, false teaching that could prevent spiritual growth was spreading like a weed, and third, people must be ready for the certain return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I. Some BACKGROUND.

II. THE AUTHOR (1:1a).

III. THE AUDIENCE (1:1b).

IV. THE BLESSING (1:2).

Before we dig into the text let’s look at some background that influenced the writing of 2 Peter.

Date

2 Peter should be placed some time after the writing of 1 Peter and before Peter’s death, between a.d. 64 and 68. This places the book during the latter part of the reign of the infamous Nero as the persecution of Christians was beginning to intensify.

PLACE

1 Peter was written in Rome and Rome is traditionally held to be the place of Peter’s crucifixion, so it is reasonable to assume that 2 Peter was written in Rome as well.

Purpose

The PURPOSE of 2 Peter is to call Christians to spiritual growth. Christians needed to mature so that they can combat apostasy [falling away] from the church and immoral practices within the Church. Persistence in faithfulness to the Word will be rewarded at the Lord’s return.

II. THE AUTHOR (1:1a).

THE AUTHOR identifies himself as Simon Peter. And the Letter is very like 1 Peter. We all know that Peter was not perfect by any stretch of the imagination) – but he was chosen by Jesus to be an Apostle – and used by God to write this part of God’s Word.

III. THE AUDIENCE (1:1b).

Written to Christians at large – and therefore to US. Written to those who know and love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

IV. THE BLESSING (1:2).

Peter begins his letter by passing on to his readers the incalculable blessing of grace and peace in verse 2. Grace and peace were common Greek and Hebrew greetings. However, here they also introduced the thrust of this letter. A right knowledge is necessary to grow in grace and peace.

If you are growing spiritually, both grace and peace will be multiplied into your life. These virtues come through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

And this knowledge is a personal relationship with God in Jesus our Lord. It is this special knowledge of God which will safeguard us against false teaching and also against immorality.

IN CLOSING,

Our Christian life is never static but is to be growing. Growth is dependent upon knowledge. If we desire to grow as believers we must have both biblical knowledge and relationship with God. By studying the Scriptures we come to learn more about God – absolutely necessary for spiritual growth.

However we must also know Christ by developing a deeper, fuller personal relationship with Him. This relationship grows by walking with Christ.

Are both parts of growing in Christ occurring in your life? Are you in the Word daily? Are you walking in the Spirit each day with Christ?

If either part is lacking or needs strengthening, I encourage you to respond to God – get right with Him this very day.

PRAYER

HYMN. Spirit of holiness

Spirit of holiness, wisdom and faithfulness,
wind of the Lord, blowing strongly and free:
strength of our serving and joy of our worshipping
Spirit of God, bring your fulness to me!

1 You came to interpret and teach us effectively
all that the Saviour has spoken and done;
to glorify Jesus is all your activity
promise and gift of the Father and Son:
Spirit of holiness, wisdom and faithfulness,
wind of the Lord, blowing strongly and free:
strength of our serving and joy of our worshipping
Spirit of God, bring your fulness to me!

2 You came with your gifts to supply all our poverty,
pouring your love on the church in her need;
you came with your fruit for our growth to maturity,
richly refreshing the souls that you feed:
Spirit of holiness, wisdom and faithfulness,
wind of the Lord, blowing strongly and free:
strength of our serving and joy of our worshipping
Spirit of God, bring your fulness to me!

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