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Sermon Notes: Faith in Your New Birth
Posted: 02 Jun 2009 05:22 PM PDT
TEXT: 2 Peter 1:1–4
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2009
PREACHER: Mark Driscoll
Introduction to 2 Peter
The author: “Simeon Peter” (2 Peter 1:1a)
- Simeon = his old name before he met Jesus; represents Peter’s old way of life
- Peter = who Jesus renamed him to be. Right from the start, Peter is showing us that Jesus changes people and makes a difference.
The recipients: “those who have obtained a faith” (2 Peter 1:1b)
When you stand before Jesus, there’s only one correct answer as to your righteousness: You don’t have any. BUT, you’ve been given Christ’s prefect righteousness, and the work is finished (John 19:30).
If all of our sins are forgiven, why live a holy life? Why not sin like crazy? Regeneration.
Regeneration: The Holy Spirit’s Work in Us (2 Peter 1:3–4)
We are all sinners by nature (Ps. 51:5; Eph. 2:3), dead and blind to the Spirit and knowledge of God. God changes (regenerates) our hearts–our very nature.
Four things that accompany regeneration:
- New power: To flee sin and pursue righteousness (2 Peter 1:3).
- New understanding: To see what Jesus has done and who he is (2 Peter 1:3).
- New nature: As a Christian, you are not perfect or sinless, but something in you has changed (2 Peter 1:4).
- New desires: Namely, God himself–rather than settling for sin–and God’s desires (2 Peter 1:4). Passion to live a life for Christ.
Finally Alive by John Piper