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A Prepared People

By Curtis Gilbert 2 Peter 3:14-18

As philosophers as old as Aristotle have contemplated the nature of humanity and the purpose of life, they have all expressed some vision of the good life, some preferred future that drives our decisions, actions, and relationships...

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Sermons

  • A Certain Future

    2 Peter 3:1-7
    June 19, 2016
    Jeremy Bedenbaugh helps us understand our true hope as Christians. ( 2 Peter 3:1-7) For Study Materials from this sermon, visit
    June 19, 2016

  • A Certain Future

    2 Peter 3:1-7
    South County -  June 19, 2016
    Tim Ezell preaches on our true hope as Christians from The Journey South County.
    June 19, 2016

  • A Certain Future

    2 Peter 3:1-7
    Southern Illinois -  June 19, 2016
    Rusty Maple preaches on our true hope as Christians.
    June 19, 2016

  • A Certain Future

    2 Peter 3:1-7
    West County -  June 19, 2016
    Scott Hickox preaches on our true hope as Christians. (2 Peter 3:1-7)
    June 19, 2016

  • A Renewed Earth

    2 Peter 3:8-13
    June 19, 2016
    Jeremy Bedenbaugh unpacks our true hope as Christians for a renewed earth without pain and corruption, while urging us to reflect that hope now, in our everyday lives. For study materials from this series, visit: http://thejourney.org/study
    June 19, 2016

  • A False Freedom

    1 Peter 2:1-22
    June 12, 2016
    False freedom is saying this life is "mine". Curtis Gilbert shows us how we can fight against the lies we cling to and find true freedom in Christ. (2 Peter 2:1-22)
    June 12, 2016

  • A False Freedom

    1 Peter 2:1-22
    Hanley Road -  June 12, 2016
    Jeremy Irwin continues our series on 2nd Peter. (2 Peter 2:1-22)
    June 12, 2016

  • The Reliable Word

    2 Peter 1:16-21
    Southern Illinois -  June 5, 2016
    Jordan Bird preaches from The Journey SI.
    June 5, 2016

  • The Reliable Word

    2 Peter 1:16-21
    June 5, 2016
    Tim Holley shows us why we can trust the Bible as God's word, and the transforming power it has on our lives when we give up control and submit to God's authority. (2 Peter 1:16-21)
    June 5, 2016

  • The Reliable Word

    2 Peter 1:16-21
    West County -  June 5, 2016
    Scott Hickox continues our sermon series on 2nd Peter.
    June 5, 2016

  • The Reliable Word

    Hanley Road -  June 5, 2016
    Jeremy Irwin continues our series on 2nd Peter from The Journey Hanley Road.
    June 5, 2016

  • The Reliable Word

    South County -  June 5, 2016
    Pastor Tim Ezell preaches from our South County location.
    June 5, 2016

  • The Good Life | Jeremy Bedenbaugh

    2 Peter 1:1-15
    May 29, 2016
    We all want the good life, but we don't know where to find it. Jeremy Bedenbaugh opens our series on 2 Peter, explaining that Christianity isn't about what God wants from us, but about what he wants for us.
    May 29, 2016

  • The Good Life | Tim Ezell

    2 Peter 1:1-15
    South County -  May 29, 2016
    What is the good life, and how do we find it? Pastor Tim Ezell kicks off our series on 2 Peter from South County.
    May 29, 2016

  • The Good Life | Curtis Gilbert

    2 Peter 1:1-15
    Metro East -  May 29, 2016
    We all want the good life, but we don't know where to find it... Pastor Curtis Gilbert kicks off our series on 2 Peter, explaining that Christianity isn't about what God wants from us, but what he wants for us.
    May 29, 2016

  • The Good Life | Rusty Maple

    2 Peter 1:1-15
    Southern Illinois -  May 29, 2016
    What is the good life, and how do we find it? Rusty Maple kicks off our series on 2nd Peter from Southern Illinois.
    May 29, 2016

More About this Series

The good life has been known by other names throughout history, most apparent in our country as “the pursuit of happiness,” “the American Dream,” or simply “freedom.” And while this pursuit is regularly conceived of as a private, individual endeavor, the good life is primarily a social vision — not simply an expression of our own “little worlds,” but the world as a whole.

In his final letter, Peter wants to protect the church from false teachers (ch. 2) and skeptics (ch. 3) who were offering competing visions of the good life. Of the false teachers, Peter says they “promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption” (2 Pet. 2:19). Their vision—as all false teaching does—indulges the self and denies Jesus as the Lord and giver of the good life (cf. John 10:10). Peter calls their vision a “destructive heresy” (2 Pet. 2:1). Heresy, according to Alister McGrath “is about being master of our own universe, choosing the way things are—or at least the way we would like them to be.” Peter wants to remind the church that freedom is found in a life of “virtue” rooted in the knowledge (i.e., the love) of Jesus and will one day be experienced in full when Jesus returns to usher them into his “eternal kingdom” (2 Pet. 1:11).

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