Gospel Community Church
July 14 - 2 Peter 1:12-15
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    383 Fayette Pl, Fayetteville, GA 30214, United States
    Sunday 10:00 AM
Reminders are messages that help us remember.
Why are reminders so important?
Reminders help us remember.
They help us remember important information from the sometimes silly sticky-note in my fridge all the way to the big ones that remind us of important truth and tell us that we are valued and are a part of something that is bigger than ourselves.
They are anchors for our lives that help us figure out who we are or who we want to be.
Some reminders are so valuable that we pass them down from one generation to the next.
Christ’s love motivates us to remind each other of the truth about “these things” in 2 Peter 1:3-11.
“These things” – Our faith will be demonstrated through these thoughts from v. 3-11:
God has provided everything we need for our life and godly living (v. 3-4).
Knowing and growing in Christ’s virtues and character (v. 5).
Applying Christ’s virtues and character to our lives day by day (v. 6).
Impacting our world by serving and loving others that are both inside and outside the church (v. 7).
Living and growing in these qualities will result in a stable life and eternal fruit (v. 8-11).
Peter’s message is that he wants to stir us with these reminders of the truth we have been taught in verses 3-11.
There sometimes is a need for us to be poked so we take time to refocus on the important things of life. Peter wanted to communicate the importance of continuing on in the establishment of their faith. We all at times tend to forget the correct order of our priorities, wander from the path of truth, or get distracted from our purpose. Peter stirs us to make our spiritual life a priority to protect us and to bring us back to the anchor of our lives.
What are some of the things that distract us?
Distractions are basically activities that steal time from higher priorities. Distractions are not always sinful, only wrong when they keep me from doing the most important things.
Peter’s message today is that we need reminders to stir us up to evaluate and live by biblical priorities.
If we love Jesus, we will also, like Peter, be motivated to tend to our sheep, as in the brothers and sisters in Christ that are in our life-circles. Not all of us are called to be official leaders in the body, but all of us are called to love. Christ’s love makes us responsible for our brother.
If I love you, I will be motivated to pursue you, to stir you up, and to sometimes poke you. In humility I will follow Peter’s example.
If it was important for Peter to remind the sheep he was called to tend, we as brothers and sisters are responsible to remind and encourage those around us. Let us take our responsibility seriously to pursue folks around us that may be struggling and hurting.
Christ’s love motivates us to remind each other of the truth about “these things” in 2 Peter 1:3-11.