Our sermon series, The Letters of Peter, continues. Some of the themes and titles for this sermon series are based on the book Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis.
Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon: 2 Peter 2:1-22.
- Heresy is any deviation, distortion, or denial of the core truths of Christianity.
- Heresy is not only wrong but cruel. It spreads like cancer leading to destruction. It offers false hope like a dry spring for one dying of thirst.
- Heresy can be recognized by considering some fundamental statements about Jesus’s identity:
- Jesus is Savior – human beings have a corrupt sinful nature and are in need of salvation.
- Jesus is Lord – our moral decisions, not simply our doctrine, either affirm or deny this crucial truth.
- Jesus is God – Jesus is unique in his identity as fully divine and therefore the only one who can open the way to a relationship with God and eternal salvation (John 14:6).
- What is our source for determining true and false teaching?
- How is heresy different than disagreement among Bible-minded Christians?
- What are some reasons people develop heretical views?
- Have you ever been part of a community of faith where heretical views were spreading? How did you respond to this?
- In your experience, which statement about Jesus’s identity is most often distorted or denied?
- How should we respond to a Christian who is espousing heretical views?
You can listen to the sermon by using the player below or via the St Andrew’s Sermon Podcast.
Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Randy Forrester (RForrester@StAndrews.Church).
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