Living Godly Before a Watching World (2 Peter 2:11-20)Pastor Justin Pratt, March 26, 2017
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
By and large, the world despises Christians. We live life under a microscope. The world waits like starving vultures for a Christian to stumble and fall so they can point them out and say "AHA! SEE! THEY'RE NOT PERFECT! I THOUGHT THEY WERE A CHRISTIAN!?" It's a realization we must understand and be aware of each and every day.
Your life is the only Bible some people will ever read. They may never enter the door of a church. They may never read the scriptures. But they might see you, and the way you live your life, and be moved.
Alternatively, the way you live your life could push someone away from the Lord for ever. That's a convicting thought.
Commit to live your life in such a way that it always points to the Lord!
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2 Peter 2:11-20
11Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. 12But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; 13And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; 14Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: 15Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet. 17These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 18For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. (KJV)