The theme of 2 Peter is spiritual growth. And Peter knows that false teaching can stunt our growth, so he warns us about false teachers and their heresies.
Get your eyes off yourself. Get your eyes off the wicked. And Get your eyes on God. Psalm 37 provides direction for us when the wicked seem to be winning.
Peter’s approach to nurturing others includes preparation, assessment, faithfulness, and diligence. It’s an example we would do well to follow.
The final virtue or grace that Peter instructs us to add is love — agape love. To better understand this kind of love over the next few weeks, we will explore 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 in detail. In this sermon, we lay the foundation for that study.
Why does Peter tell us to supplement godliness with brotherly love? What is brotherly love? And how am I able to show it?
What is self control? Why must we supplement knowledge with self control (as Peter tells us to do)? And how do we apply self control in our lives?
Is virtue necessary in a christian’s life? Or is faith alone enough? Peter tells us to supplement our faith with virtue. Why must we do that? And how?
Peter continues to lay a foundation for growth in Christ as he encourages us to become partakers of the divine nature. But what does that mean?
We can have full confidence that we can grow spiritually because God, by his power, has provided us all that is necessary for life and godliness.
Peter identifies his readers as those who have obtained faith. How did they (we) obtain it? Was it our own doing or did God have something to do with it?