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Reviewing the Basics

2 Peter 1.12-15
Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.
Outstanding coaches constantly review the basics of the sport with their teams, and good athletes can execute the fundamentals consistently well. Believers must not neglect the basics of their faith, even as they go on to study deeper truths. Just as an athlete needs constant practice, Christians need constant reminders of the fundamentals of our faith and of how we came to believe in the first place. Don’t allow yourself to be bored or impatient with messages on the basics of the Christian life. Instead take the attitude of an athlete who continues to practice and refine the basics.

Truth always needs repetition because we forget so easily. Even firmly established believers need reminders. Those who are mature in their faith need to be warned against complacency. They can benefit from a reminder to grow in grace and apply further the spiritual lessons they have already learned. Peter wanted to make certain that after he died, God’s people would have a permanent reminder of the truth; thus he penned this inspired letter.

This would be a good time for you to read chapter one again. What key words and themes stand out to you? Peter here demonstrates his pastor’s heart for the believing community of his day. What is Peter most concerned about for his readers then and his readers today? What is Peter’s concern for you?

Pastor Jeff
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