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How Then Shall We Be Saved

How Then Shall We Be Saved


This sermon is preached by Dr. Matt Tarr, pastor of High Point Baptist Church, in Larksville, PA. In this sermon Pastor Tarr dives into whether or not one is saved, declared righteous before God, by faith or by faith plus works. If the Gospel calls one to trust in the finished work of Christ, will we still be justified by God if we add to His Gospel, add to the work of Christ, or do we lose the Gospel all together? Listen, as Pastor Tarr answers the question, "How then shall we be saved?"
In this sermon Pastor Scott finishes this study through 1st and 2nd Peter. We end with the call to take care, or watch out that you are not carried away. Peter, throughout this letter has refuted the false teachers claims that Christ will not return and that there will not be coming judgment. So, instead, he has told them Christ will return, and the current universe will be burned up in judgment. Therefore, since his readers have been warned of this ahead of time, they are to live in response to it, by taking care that they will not be swept away with the errors of the false teachers. We are to stand firm. True saving faith is a persevering faith even in the face of false teaching. The Christian, instead is to be diligent to be judged by Christ as being without spot or blemish. And instead of being carried away by the errors, the false teaching, of lawless people, we are to be growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
The Apostle Peter has made it clear, that though the false teachers were saying Jesus is not coming again and that there is no judgment coming, Jesus is coming back. And He will return in judgment, and in judgment God will destroy the earth and this universe. And when He does, all who have not been forgiven of their sins, in Jesus Christ, will be brought into His judgment. Though, Peter was writing nearly 40 years after Christ had ascended back into heaven, and though we, as the church, have been waiting for Christ's return for nearly 2,000 years, we can rest assure that God is not slow in keeping His promise. But we know that He is patient, and in His patience He is doing His work for His people, bringing all His elect to saving faith. And so we wait. We wait with eager expectation. We wait, pursing holiness and godliness, for we know that God's judgment is coming due to sin, and will destroy this sinful world by fire. But the hope of all who believe is in the promise of the new heavens and earth. The new creation where righteousness dwells.
In verses 1 thought 7 of 2 Peter, chapter 3, we see Peter begins to specifically address the claims of the false teachers, that Jesus was not returning and that He would not pour out His judgment. Due to this, Peter wants His readers to remember God's Word, in both the Old Testament and the New; the prophecies made about Christ's return and the commandment of our Lord, passed down by the Apostles. He also challenges the assertion, by the false teachers, that "ever since the [Jewish] fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation." Peter then points back to creation, and how God brought about the heavens and the earth by His Word, using water to form and bring order to the earth, and that by means of that water and His word He brought the flood to destroy the world in His judgment. "But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire."
The end of chapter 2, of 2 Peter, demonstrates the effect that the false teachers, which Peter warns of, have on others. We see that they make empty promises, as they speak with lofty words, as they target the unstable. They once made a profession of faith, but they have turned their backs on the truth and now are worse off than they were. And any of those who are lead astray by the false teachers will suffer the same fate, apart from repentance. In all that we read here in 2 Peter we see just how seriously and dangerous false teachers are. Therefore, the church, and all her members, must recognize the importance of being serious students of the Word of God; to know the truth well, so we can recognize a lie, and a liar, when they rise up in the church.
What are you searching for? Whose words are you following? In this sermon Ken Pyne walks us through Proverbs 2 and shows that God has made His wisdom available to us, who know Him, if we will only search it out, like searching for great treasure, as God has provided for us to know wisdom in His Word. 
As we continue studying through Peter's warning of false teachers, in 2 Peter 2:10b-16, we see that Peter continues to develop the immorality of the false teachers and their deceptiveness. The description that Peter gives of the false teachers are characteristics that are in contrast to the the Christlike character qualities that Peter has called for believers to have and increase in. Such qualities that confirm, all the more, a believer's salvation. False teaching is truly a dangerous things, and often leads to lifestyles that are in contradiction to the truth of the Gospel.
In chapter 2 of 2 Peter, the Apostle warns about the false teachers who are in the church. He tells of their immorality, motives of greed, and destruction. He also makes it clear that their fate is shared by those who would follow their teaching. From the context of 2 Peter it would appear that their teaching included a denial of Christ's return and final judgment. This leads them to living a lifestyle of licentiousness, and giving an example of such a life for their followers. There are also false teachers today. They too are no less dangerous. We must take the warnings in Scripture about false teachers seriously. We must commit to knowing God's Word that we may be discerning to be able to recognize false teaching when we hear it, to stay far away from it, and to keep the church far from it, as well.
This message was preached by Caleb Suko, who is a missionary, proclaiming the Gospel in Odesa, Ukraine.
False teachers had risen up in the church denying the return of Christ, prompting Peter to write his second letter to the churches. In 1:16-21 Peter addresses the fact that Christ is indeed returning, and he basis this on two things: His experience on the Mount of Transfiguration, when he saw a glimpse of the coming majesty of Christ, and on the Old Testament prophecies about Christ. Of these two testimonies, to the truth of Christ's return, Peter says that the written word of the prophets is more sure. Peter had his experience, but above all else, God had made His Word known through His prophets, and the written Word of God is right and true, because it is the Word of God.
Stand Firm: Remember

Stand Firm: Remember


As we've been seeing the last few weeks, Peter has pressed the readers of his letter to have, in their lives, and increase in the character qualities of the Christian life. He has urged them to show these qualities present in their lives, and by doing so they confirm their salvation. As we continue on in the text, we see Peter makes it clear that he intends this letter to be a constant reminder of these things, for his readers, even after he has died. He does this even though he is aware that his readers know these qualities and are established in the Gospel truth that produces these qualities. This demonstrates to us, both the importance of these qualities and the need to be reminded. Throughout the Bible we see examples of reminders for God's people, and even God Himself, over and over again, reminding Israel of who He is and what He has done. We are forgetful, and whenever we find ourselves failing to live out these character qualities it is because there is some truth we are forgetting or ignoring. So, let us be in God's Word, and gathering as a church, together, to have the constant reminders of the Gospel truth and the character qualities that the truth produces.
As false teachers rose up in the church (or churches) to whom the Apostle Peter was writing his second letter, Peter addressed the necessity of holy living. Since, from the content of 2 Peter, it would seem that false teachers who were denying certain aspects of end-times theology, including the return of Christ and final judgment, were also promoting licentious living. In addressing the need for holiness, Peter makes it clear that in the believer's salvation, God has provided everything we need for life and godliness. In other words, God has provided for our sanctification. Therefore, Peter calls believers to take up their responsibility to present Christlike character qualities in their lives. In doing so the believer demonstrates the truth of their salvation and therefore confirms their calling and election. 
This sermon begins the second part in North Valley's sermon series, "Stand Firm', as we begin 2 Peter. In this, the second letter by the Apostle Peter, he address the rising up of false teachers in the church. From the content of this letter it would seem that those teachers were denying the return of Christ and final judgment, which then lead to the teaching of licentious living. Therefore, as we get into the body of this letter, we see Peter begins by address the fact that, if we know God, having been saved through Jesus Christ,  then He has supplied to us everything we need to live lives that are pleasing to Him. There is nothing we should think we are lacking in God's provision.  But we can rest assure that since He calls us to be holy He will, and already has, provided for us to be holy.
The Bible is clear about the fact that a human life, made in the image of God, resides in the womb. Therefore, to take that life violates God's law as an act of murder. Though there are many arguments, as to why abortion must be supported, all of those arguments come down to this one issue. A human life is what is in the womb. There is no other place for a follower of Jesus Christ to stand, but on the authority of God's Word, proclaiming the truth and pointing people to Jesus Christ, and Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins and a right standing before God. 
As we look at the final section of 1 Peter, we see the Apostle shifts from addressing the elders in the churches to addressing everyone in the churches for his final instructions. Here we see Peter call for submission to the elders, and he calls for the whole church to show humility towards one another, and then also, humility towards God. Humility towards God is seen in trusting Him with our cares. Then we see Peter's final instructions to be sober-minded and watchful because the enemy of the church, the devil, seeks to devour. Believers, then, are to resist him, firm in the faith, knowing they are not alone in their suffering, but they have brothers and sisters throughout the world who suffer as well. But ultimately, God is the one who will sustain the believer and cause them to persevere unto glory. 
As we have been going through 1 Peter, we have seen Peter call the churches he was writing too, in Asia Minor, to stand firm and be holy even through the persecutions and trials they were facing. In 4:12-19 we saw Peter call his readers to respond properly to persecution; not to be surprised by it but to rejoice in the midst of it. There, Peter identified persecution as God's judgment that was beginning within the household of God, the church. Therefore, it seems like, as we go into chapter 5, that Peter then turns his attention to the elders of the churches, because it was vital that they would continue to serve the church faithfully through the persecution. God's will was for the elders to continue shepherding the flock. And to this end Peter pointed them to their eternal reward. As Pastor Scott preaches through this passage we see there is much for the whole church in this text.
In 1 Peter 4:12-19, the Apostle Peter explains to his readers, in the churches in Asia Minor, how they were to respond to their suffering for Christ. They should not be surprised at such suffering, but instead, should rejoice when they suffer on account of Christ. They should keep rejoicing so that they would also rejoice, exceedingly, when Christ's glory is revealed to the world, at His return. They should respond to their suffering by rejoicing knowing they are blessed, glorifying God. Peter explained that their suffering was for their holiness, as this was God's judgment for discipline on His church. And so responding to suffering by rejoicing, Peter tells His readers that were to entrust themselves to a faithful Creator. This is true for us, who trust in Christ, as well. If we suffer for Him, not for our own sinfulness, then we must also rejoice in our suffering, and entrust ourselves to a faithful Creator.
After the Apostle Peter explains a believer's willingness to suffer, knowing that their suffering will give way to victory and that God will right every wrong in the coming judgment, Peter then calls his readers to live in light of that coming day. Since "the end of all things is at hand" Peter calls his readers to be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of their prayers, and to maintain love for one another, showing hospitality and serving one another with the abilities that God enabled them with, for service to one another, to the glory of God.
In 1 Peter 4:1-6 we read how since the suffering of those who follow Christ will give way to glory, they should be wiling to suffer. Therefore, Peter tells his readers to ready themselves with the same attitude that was in Christ when He suffered. So, the Christians is to be ready to suffer with the attitude that is determined to do the will of God no matter the cost, even if that means suffering and death. Peter explains that if a Christian is willing to suffer for the will of God, this will have implications for their lives and their battle against sin. Also, as a Christian arms themself with the attitude that was in Christ, they can entrust themself to God, the just judge, and have confidence that even if they die, they will go be with their Lord, which is the great hope of the Christian.
In 1 Peter 3:13-17 we see the response Christians should have when they suffer for righteousness, keeping in view that they will be blessed. That response is to honor Christ the Lord, in their hearts, as holy, "always being prepared to make a defends to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.". And then Peter goes on to tell them how they are to do that. Then, we see in 3:18-22, which this sermon covers, that the believer's blessing is that when they suffer for doing good they are following the pattern of Christ, who suffered once for sin, as a substitute, and rose again victorious, enthroned over all angels, authorities and powers. He was victorious and so the suffering Christian can know Christ will make them victorious. Therefore, they can know they are blessed, and so stand firm and respond to their suffering with holiness.
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