The Power Of His Promises
August 6, 2016 Pastor: Series: Guest Speaker
Scripture: 2 Peter 1:4
The Power of His Promises (2 Peter 1:4) Dr. Rick Stedman
• Jesus made many astounding promises to his followers.
(Matt 28:20; John 15:11; Matthew 11:28; John 14:2)
“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Never alone!)
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you,
and that your joy may be complete.” (Joyful!)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.” (Peaceful!)
“My Father’s house has many rooms…
I am going there to prepare a place for you.” (Hopeful!)
• What would my life be like if all of Jesus’ promises to me came true?
1. Promises are at the core of Christianity, culture, and happiness.
Old and New Testaments = covenants = promises.
God is a promise-making and promise-keeping God.
Since we are created in God’s image,
we are to be promise-makers and promise-keepers too.
2. Promises are God’s tool to help us create and shape the future.
“When we make promises, we reach out into tomorrows oceans of uncertainty
and create islands of security.” (Lewis Smedes)
3. Promises are God’s relationship building tool.
This is why God made promises to Noah, Abraham, etc.
God doesn’t just want followers; he wants relationships, friends, love.
Conclusion: God has given us “His very great and precious promises”
(2 Peter 1:4), but how can we experience them?
Why? “…so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:4b)
Pray the Promises of Jesus