The Pilgrim’s Future Hope (Part 1): The Lord’s Redemptive Patience

November 11, 2018 Speaker: Cameron Barham Series: The Pilgrim Letters: 1 & 2 Peter

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:1–3:10

Key Truth: We are called to remember the power of God’s Word which ensures Christ’s return according to God’s redemptive patience which allows us time to join in His eternal saving work.  

 


Introduction:

What most motivates you to share your story with others?

 

 

The Call to Remember the Power of God’s Word: 

2 Peter 3:1-7

“The effort the false teachers make to ensure that they deliberately forget should be surpassed by the effort Christians make to remember, knowing that they must understand (the redemptive work of Christ in His advents).”

Dick Lucas & Christopher Green,
The Message of 2 Peter & Jude: The Promise of His Coming

 

Do you ever struggle with when Christ will return or doubt if He is coming back?
How
does this affect your view of history and the current events in and condition of the world? 
Does the power of God’s word in history grant you assurance that this story will end as He said it would?

 

The Call to Remember God’s Redemptive Patience and Coming Judgment:

2 Peter 3:8-10

“Therefore does (God) wait. If men ask why there is no interposition of wrath to overthrow the ungodly, the answer is, because this is part of God’s great reign of love. He waits, because he is ‘not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance;’ yet there will be some limit even to his patience.”

Charles Spurgeon, “2 Peter 3 Exposition”

 

What are some ways in which God has been patient toward you and those you love?
What works from your life do you look forward to having revealed in the final judgment?
What are you doing to cultivate works of eternal value?

 

 

Application:

2 Peter 3:1-10 teaches us that we are called to remember:
the power of God’s Word which ensures Christ’s return
God’s redemptive patience which allows us time to join in His eternal saving work  

 

 

Benediction:

2 Peter 3:17-18