THE THRILL OF HOPE II

THE THRILL OF HOPE II

2 PETER 3:9-15 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 

INTRO

TRADITION: MARY/JOSEPH - MATTHEW 1 & LUKE 1

ADVENT IS ABOUT THE PROMISE OF GOD 

2 PETER 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

  1. PROMISES

    1. (THE 99 & THE ONE) MATTHEW 18:14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

    2. GENERATIONAL

  2. PATIENCE

2 PETER 3:11b-12a what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.

    1. HOLY & GODLY

      1. HOLY - SET APART

      2. GODLY - DEVOTED

    2. BEING BUSY ABOUT KINGDOM MAKES THE TIME SHORT 

      1. LAMENTATIONS 3:22-23 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.

2 PETER 3:13-15 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 

ROMANS 2 KINDNESS/REPENTANCE 

GOD’S PATIENCE IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY

WE ARE PART OF HIS PLAN FOR REDEMPTION