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Danger from Within

Jesus spoke of wolves in sheep’s clothing. Paul warned of wolves among the flock. Peter alerts the Church of false teachers. It was a danger for the early church. It remains a challenge for today’s Church. Listen as Dr. John unfolds 2 Peter for our caution and potection.

August 8, 2022

2 Peter 1:1-4
Jesus promised Peter that the gates of hell could not withstand the Church He is building.  That does not mean the Church is immune to danger. Peter writes to warn believers of the dangers found within the Church. Listen as Dr. John begins this series on 2 Peter. We will hear caution but also confidence in the full provision of God. 

August 9, 2022

Peter 1:5-12
An exercise bike, received as a gift, does no good simply sitting in the garage. While grateful for it, we need to add effort to our appreciation, for the greatest effect. Peter calls believers to add efffort to the free grace we have received. Dr. John explains that as God has granted us everything we need for a holy life, we have a part to play in our faith made practical. 

August 10, 2022

2 Peter 1:12-21
A good memory will help us find our keys, recall improtant dates and win trivia games. But what does our memory have to do with our spiritual lives? Much! Dr. John echoes Peter’s commands to remember. Repetition and recall are vital for spiritual growth. Listen as Dr. John explains how.

August 11, 2022

2 Peter 2:1-3
History teaches that every empire falls. Entropy often sets in from within. Peter writes his second epistle to warn beleivers of false teachers within the Church. Dr. John teaches that believers need to be discerning. The gullible are prone to the secret and seductive ways of those seeking to lead God’s people astray.

August 12, 2022

2 Peter 2:4-10
There are wrongs we’ve committed that we got away with. The penalty or consequence didn’t happen – yet. Peter reminds us that justice delayed is not an escape. Dr. John explains how false teachers in the church used God’s patience to deny the fact of judgement. Instead, the forberance of God is space and time to change our ways in the face of certain judgement.

August 15, 2022

2 Peter 2:10-16
How would you recognize a false teacher? We tend to think that false teaching is simply a theological problem. Dr. John teaches from 2 Peter that false teaching is an ethical concern. In other words, we discern heresy not just from what people say, but what people are. “Belief” and “being” are twinned, for good or evil.

August 16, 2022

2 Peter 2:17-22
How would you recognize a false teacher? We tend to think that false teaching is simply a theological problem. Dr. John teaches from 2 Peter that false teaching is an ethical concern. In other words, we discern heresy not just from what people say, but what people are. “Belief” and “being” are twinned, for good or evil.

August 17, 2022

2 Peter 3:1-7
If you stare at your feet while walking, every journey will feel the same. You may not sense much progress. False teachers thought that the “sameness” of life demonstrates that God is not doing much. Listen as Dr. John calls us to see the big picture, not only of this life but of eternity. God is moving history to His righteous end.

August 18, 2022

2 Peter 3:8-13
Dr. John teaches that “Eschatology and ethics are tied to each other.” What we hope for will establish how we live. Since we have the blessed hope of Jesus’ return, we ought to live holy lives. This world will go up in smoke, but we are looking to a new creation in which righteousness dwells.

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