Sermon on Sunday, February 17, 2013 by Pastor Emmanuel Salinas


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Sermon Outline

Identity Theft

2 Peter 1:1-11  


Intro 2Peter: From, To, Why.

1  Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:

2  May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.

Intro 2Peter: From, To, Why.

1This is my second letter to you, dear friends, and in both of them I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory. 2 I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles.

(2 Peter 3:1-2)

12 Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. 13 And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live.14 For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life,15 so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.

(2 Peter 1:12-15)

Intro 2Peter: From, To, Why.

  12These false teachers are like unthinking animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed. They scoff at things they do not understand, and like animals, they will be destroyed. 13 Their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done. They love to indulge in evil pleasures in broad daylight. They are a disgrace and a stain among you. They delight in deception[e] even as they eat with you in your fellowship meals. 14They commit adultery with their eyes, and their desire for sin is never satisfied. They lure unstable people into sin, and they are well trained in greed. They live under God’s curse. (2Peter 2:12-14)

Grow deeper in our relationship with the Lord.

2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.

(2 Peter 1:2)

1.            Understand Who We Are -Everyone

a.            Genesis 1- In the beginning God created

b.            John 1:3 -Through Jesus everything was made that has been made.

c.             Psalm 139:13-16 -fearfully and wonderfully made.

d.            Colossians 1:16 -created by Him and for Him.

e.            Romans 3:10,23 -We sinned and are separated from God.

f.             John 3:16 – We Are loved!

1.            Understand Who We Are –In Christ

  a.            We have the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7)

  b.            There is no condemnation for us (Romans 8:1)

  c.             We can never be separated from God’s love (Romans 8:39)

  d.            We are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)

  e.            We become God’s children (Galatians 3:26)

  f.             God has made you an heir (Galatians 4:6-7 )

  g.            A royal priest (1Peter 2:9)

  h.            You are dearly loved (Colossians 3:12)

  i.            How Precious are your thoughts about me they cannot be numbered! They outnumber the grains of sand (Psalms 139:17-18)

  j.             We have wisdom from God (1 Corinthians 1:30)

  k.            We have every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)

  l.              We are for the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:12)

 m.            We have been seated in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6)

 n.             We’ve been given the incomparable riches of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:7)

 o.             We may approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 2:22)

2.            Exercise Our Faith

3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(1 Peter 1:3-8)

Know Our Enemy

9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.

(1 Peter 1:9)

Know Our Enemy

a.            Who is the Devil?

i.              John 10:10 “A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.”

ii.             1Peter 5:8 “Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.”

b.            What are his tactics? (2Corintians 4:4) He has blinded the eyes of unbelievers.

i.              He is the Father of lies.  (John 8:44)

ii.             Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

c.             How do we respond?

ii.             2 Corinthians 10:3-5 “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”

I .            Ps 119:61, 66-67 (firmly anchored in your instructions, I used to wonder off until you discipline me)


10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. 11 Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

(1 Peter 1:10-11)

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