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Read Introduction to 2 Peter

 

For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.”

 

I will not be negligent

Peter is about to present a proposal with a purpose. “Will” means be about to, be on the point of. Peter will ever be ready to remind Christians of God’s Word. Peter will die but truth will continue. Even though Peter is about to die, this passage will live into centuries to come.

Second Peter still speaks to us as we stand at the door of the twenty-first century. No pastor can afford to build his ministry on personality, some human system or gimmick. He must build his ministry on the eternal Word of God.

Peter’s purpose is to remind the Asia Minor Christians of “truth.” Every pastor must come to this point sooner or later.

PRINCIPLE:

Leaders must diligent in leading their group toward truth.

APPLICATION:

Many of us operate under the delusion that anything is good enough for the Savior. We preach and sing without preparation. Anything is good enough for the Lord “as long as it is sincere.” The idea is that you don’t have to be good as long as you are earnest. You do not need to be properly equipped to serve the Lord. How would you like your surgeon to remove your appendix with that attitude? God’s work should be no hobby whereby we give Him the outer edge of our spare time.

It is an appalling fact today that Christian leaders care less about the truth they believe and more about the pragmatics of their ministry. This is the beginning of the erosion of Christianity. Leaders should give excellence to truth as well as pragmatics.

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