The Road home (2 Peter 3:14-18)

Throughout Coronavirus, we’ve taken time each day to pray and look at a Psalm together. I’ve been excited not just to see what each individual Psalm is saying but also to get a sense of the themes coming through. The big theme, particularly in the last part of Psalms is on the journey home forContinue reading “The Road home (2 Peter 3:14-18)”

Hastening Christ’s Coming

Why do we get so frustrated when we see people breaking the lockdown rules? It’s the same reason that we used to get frustrated at school when the teacher said that we would be kept behind longer if people kept messing about. We just wanted everyone to behave so that the detention would end andContinue reading “Hastening Christ’s Coming”

Be Alert … Be Ready

“Destined for greatness … pacing myself” says one of Sarah’s favourite T-shirts. Personally, I’m not good at the whole pacing thing. I don’t like to be at events on time, I like to be there early and I like to see people involved there in good time too. The closer we get to the startContinue reading “Be Alert … Be Ready”

Trusting God for the long-haul (2 Peter 3:1-7)

Have you noticed the consistent theme that has come through the recent government briefings. Within that umbrella word “government” I am including the road map document, civil servants, science officers and the devolved governments in Scotland. I know there were some controversial issues, some confusing messages and some disagreement. However, everyone was agreed that weContinue reading “Trusting God for the long-haul (2 Peter 3:1-7)”

False Teachers are useless and Dangerous (2 Peter 2:17-22)

I’ve watched a few online talks, sometimes the person doing the talk has a proper to start with, a coffee cup they pretend to drink from. It is embarrassingly obvious that they are miming with an empty cup. Why would you do that? We always make sure we turn up to our facebook afternoon teaContinue reading “False Teachers are useless and Dangerous (2 Peter 2:17-22)”

False teachers, abusers and cults (2 Peter 2:10-16)

I’ve spent some time on Faithroots talking about the problem of abuse and bullying in the Church.  This has been in response to some very public scandals in the last year or two relating to high profile church leaders and organisations. It also relates to things I have observed more widely in church culture. HighContinue reading “False teachers, abusers and cults (2 Peter 2:10-16)”

Justice and Salvation (2 Peter 2:4-10)

Introduction Last time, we saw that we have to be on the look out for false teachers.  However we also saw that despite their sneakiness and arrogance, false teachers cannot avoid God’s judgement. However, how can we be sure that they will receive justice and how can we be certain that in the meantime andContinue reading “Justice and Salvation (2 Peter 2:4-10)”

Watch out false teachers (2 Peter 2:1-3)

He was popular on the preaching team, able to put things forward clearly and simply in an engaging way.  Then something began to shift. We noticed a change of emphasis. Then he began to speak with individuals and tell them that he wasn’t so sure. He did not come out directly and say that heContinue reading “Watch out false teachers (2 Peter 2:1-3)”

Assurance in God’s Word

1 Peter 1:12-21 In the face of false teachers and facing his own imminent death, Peter wants to ensure that the churches are fully prepared for the road ahead.  In so doing, a major priority of his is assurance. So, first of all we see assurance demonstrated by spiritual growth. Now, we also see thatContinue reading “Assurance in God’s Word”

Growing in faith and assurance

2 Peter 1: 5-11 Introduction It’s quite an anxious time for new parents when the health checks happen. Is baby developing and doing all she is meant to? Is baby growing? Is she putting on weight. Failure to grow is a cause for concern. So too with Christians. Are we growing spiritually in Christ? TheContinue reading “Growing in faith and assurance”