Letters from Peter: The Cruelty of Heresy

Sermon Series

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.

Bible Study

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.

Sermon Notes

  • 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:
    1. Jesus is Savior – human beings have a corrupt sinful nature and are in need of salvation.
    2. Jesus is Lord – our moral decisions, not simply our doctrine, either affirm or deny this crucial truth.
    3. 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).

Sermon Application

  • 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?

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Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Randy Forrester (RForrester@StAndrews.Church).

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