Grace

II Peter 1:5-11

Summary

Scripture Reference: II Peter 1:5-11

Assurance (Doubts)

  • legalism

  • can’t understand forgiveness

  • can’t remember day, date, time

  • failure to see God in your trials

  • lack of knowledge

  • lack of obedience

  • willful sin

Assurance (Leads To)

  • joy

  • pursuit of heavenly things

  • gratitude, praise

  • strength in trials and temptation

  • loving obedience

  • peace and calm in soul

  • patience in suffering

  • striving for purity

DILIGENCE IS THE RESPONSE (V5)

II Peter 1:10 —> “be diligent”

Philippians 2:12 —> you work it out as as He works in you

“applying” —> to bring in; strong effort to provide something necessary

“supply” —>chorus; supplement with a generous portion; add to; responsible to supply everything needed.

(v5-7) virtues we should pursue

  • moral excellence —> character; moral heroism; right when it requires courage to do what is right

  • knowledge —> understanding spiritual truth which leads to spiritual discernment; choose to pursue knowledge

  • self-control —> abstaining from lusts of the flesh

  • perseverance —> diligence in persevering

  • godliness

  • brotherly kindness —> mutual affection; reverence for God will feed an affection for others

  • love —> “agape”; sacrificial, selfless lovet

ASSURANCE IS THE REWARD (V8)

requires effort, striving but the richness is a foretaste of glory divine”

“not useless” —> not inactive or idle.

  • if AWOL you are ineffective and unfruitful and useless

  • fruit is a clear indication of life

    • Christ-like character - Galatians 5:22

    • grows as we grow in Christ-like character

  • “confident about His calling and choosing of you” (v10)

  • this pursuit is not earning salvation or grace; it is the response to grace

  • (v10-11) “as long as you practice these things you will not stumble”


Faith Life

Summary

Scripture Reference: II Peter 1:1-4

Author: Simon Peter

Theme: Words of wisdom and warning from one soon to depart

“grow in grace”

“beware of false teachings”

1:12 —> Reminder - remind them as they consistently grow

1:14 —> Peter’s frame of mind - knowing his death was near

THE FAITH LIFE IS A GIFT (1:1-2)

same value, worth, preciousness

gift received

precious gift

valuable gift

THE FAITH LIFE IS DIVINE (1:3-4)

because of the divine power of God so we could partake of the divine nature of God

“everything” —> everything

granted by His divine power

resulting in divine nature

THE FAITH LIFE IS DEPENDENT ON KNOWLEDGE

It’s important who you know and that He knows you

your life will reflect it

the degree you see of Christ-likeness is related to the degree of time spent i God’s Word


Jesus Wept

Summary

Scripture Reference: John 11:1-44

Have you ever wondered how Jesus feels about how and what you feel?

“Jesus Wept”

JESUS SEES YOUR TEARS (v 33-34)

JESUS SHARES IN YOUR SUFFERING (v 33-35)

JESUS SUPPLIES YOUR NEEDS (EVEN WHEN YOUR GREATEST NEED IS JUST TO KNOW HE WEEPS WITH YOU) (v 38ff)

He first visibly, demonstrated His compassion…

He called them to faith…”Remove the stone”

He confronted their fear and embarrassment, and shame

He pressed through with this truth…

  • John 11:40 —> “Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?’”

    • This is the path to glory … Heartache to surrender to faith

    • “Remove the stone”

      • What is the stone before you today? Embarrassment? Shame? Fear?

HE CRIED


HE KNEW LAZARUS WAS DEAD BEFORE HE GOT THE NEWS


BUT STILL, HE CRIED

HE KNEW LAZARUS WOULD BE ALIVE AGAIN IN MOMENTS


BUT STILL, HE CRIED

HE KNEW DEATH HERE IS NOT FOREVER HE KNEW ETERNITY AND THE KINGDOM BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE COULD

YET HE WEPT

BECAUSE THIS WORLD IS FULL OF PAIN AND REGRET AND LOSS AND DEPRESSION AND DEVASTATION


HE WEPT BECAUSE KNOWING THE END OF THE STORY DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T CRY AT THE SAD PARTS.


Come to Jesus - A Call to Rest

Summary

Scripture Reference: Matthew 11:25-30

REST BEGINS WITH PRAISE (v 25)

  • “I praise thee, O Father . . .”

    • He is God and we are NOT

    • We can’t say “I got this”

      • It’s not you, it’s Him; not your strength, wisdom, provision, etc. It’s all Him!

      • When you’ve reached the end of yourself you’re not disappointing God, you’re at the point where you’re pleasing to Him.

  • A Son who is in control

    • Knows what it’s like to be in the flesh; hungry, weary, burdened, alone, sad, etc.

    • He has all authority

    • He has knowledge

      • He knows the Father perfectly and is perfectly known

    • He has agency/agent

      • The only way you can know God is to know Jesus

      • reveals God

    • He has exclusivity

      • There is no other way to come except through Jesus

      • The crushing just drives us back to the face of the Father

REST ONLY TAKES A STEP

  • Step of Faith

    • All we can do is take the step

    • Rest is a peace and a joy in the middle of distress

    • We cannot satisfy our own soul or give ourselves rest; Jesus is the only one who can.

  • Step of Repentance (v 28)

    • “Come”

      • He will complete the work He began in you

      • He is under no obligation to speak to you again

      • Rest only takes a step of faith

    • “Come to me ALL” (who are weary)

      • Matthew 8:1

      • Recognize the burden and come to Jesus

        • depending on yourself is to walk in sin

      • You can be doing good things and be weary

      • Do your daily toils leave you exhausted?

        • Are you tired of trying to figure it all out?

    • “Heavy laden” —> burdened; weighed down, a burden laid on your back

    • “weary” —> exhaustion from internal efforts

  • A Step Towards Grace

    • Isaiah 55:1, 3

    • You bringing nothing and being overwhelmed with His something/everything

REST INCREASES WITH SURRENDER (v 29, 30)

  • “take my yoke” —> for Him to carry the load/burder, Him to provide direction, Him to Guide, to provide rest, to learn from Him

    • John 15:13

    • Ephesians 4:20

    • Philippians 2:5

    • I Peter 2:21

    • Why would we take His yoke?

Because He is gentle and humble in heart

COME TO JESUS

Oh soul are you weary and troubled,

no light in the darkness you see?

There’s life for a look at the Savior,

And life more abundant and free.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in HIs wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,

In the light of His glory and grace.


The Perfect High Priest, Our Help in Time of Need

Summary

Series: Preeminence

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 4:14-16

Insight

How are you? Work? Marriage? Family/Kids? Physically?

How is your walk with the Lord? When was the last time you really had a sense of His presence? Knew He was talking to you?

There is great news! We have a Perfect High Priest who is Himself our help in time of need.

Connecting verses:

  • Hebrews 2:17-3:6

  • “High Priest” mentioned 11 times in the book of Hebrews

  • “confession” mentioned 5 times in the book of Hebrews

  • “Jesus” mentioned 13 times in the book of Hebrews

  • “Son” mentioned 15 times in the book of Hebrews

The Importance of the High Priest in the lives of the Hebrews:

  • appointed by God as the mediator between Himself and the people

  • only the High Priest could offer the highest sacrifice under the old covenant; once a year on the day of Atonement

  • all the sins of the people were brought symbolically to the Holy of Holies where blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat as a sacrifice to atone for them

  • he represented God before the people and the people before God

  • before he could offer for the people he had to make an offering for himself and his time was limited in the Holy of Holies

    • had to pass through 3 areas in the tabernacle or the temple

      • door of the outer court

      • through another door into the Holy Place

      • through the veil into the Holy of Holies

    • he did not sit down or delay; as soon as the sacrifice was made, he left and would not return for another year

What difference does having a great High Priest make?

HOLD FAST TO THE ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS (vv. 14b-15)

  • “hold fast” - arrest, seize, hold firmly

    • hold on to what we believe not set it down to worry, vent, or rage, but hold firmly to it because He understands and can get you through.

      • “sympathetic” - touched with feelings; feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune

      • “empathetic” - ability to understand and share the feelings of another

      • “weakness” - sickness; disease

DRAW NEAR TO THE ONE WHO HELPS (v. 16)

  • The Throne of Grace

    • “with confidence”

      • boldly with a sense of frankness

    • “so that”

      • We may receive what we so desperately need (mercy, compassion, pity)

CONCLUSION/APPLICATION

  • Are you in need? In need of help?

    • Everyone is in need of greater surrender; greater awareness of the Lord

    • We have a Perfect High Priest who is Himself our help in time of need

The Gospel According to Gomer

“Come, let us return to the Lord.
For He has torn us, but He will heal us;
He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.
“He will revive us after two days;
He will raise us up on the third day,
That we may live before Him.
“So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord.
His going forth is as certain as the dawn;
And He will come to us like the rain,
Like the spring rain watering the earth.” Hosea 6:1-3