"Therefore, Beloved…"

“God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how.” (Life Thoughts, Henry Ward Beecher)

In October 2010, I preached a series of sermons entitled, “What Happens After We Die?” Our theme verse for the month was David’s prayer in Psalm 39:4, “O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!”

In light of a month’s worth of sermons on the end of time and life after death, how would the Spirit  of God naturally and logically draw this series of lessons to a close?  2 Peter 3 is an excellent example of the practical, concluding points we all need to hear.

  1. God’s promises make life-changing impressions on sincere minds (2 Pet 3:1).
  2. Remembering divine predictions can shape our present thinking (2 Pet 3:2).
  3. There have always been, and will always be, scoffers (2 Pet 3:3-4).
  4. Nothing can withstand the raw power of God’s mighty word (2 Pet 3:5-7).
  5. God does not operate according to our time-table (2 Pet 3:8).
  6. God is being patient with humanity for a reason: that we would repent (2 Pet 3:9).
  7. The day of the Lord is going to come like a thief (2 Pet 3:10).
  8. Therefore, we ought to be people of holiness and godliness (2 Pet 3:11).
  9. The return of Jesus ought to be a consistent part of our prayers (2 Pet 3:12).
  10. While we are waiting, God has supplied everything we need to grow (2 Pet 3:15-18).

Other lessons in the “What Happens After We Die?” series of sermons include:

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