"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:

For more interactive outlines and mp3 recordings, be sure to visit the Sermons archive.

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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