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Is Our Church a Healthy Church?

We should be aware of false teachers, but not obsess on them.

This series is called Transformed by Truth. It's about creating change by confronting reality—the reality of who Christ is, of who you are without Christ, and of who you are called to be in Christ. In the last few weeks we've talked about how knowing Jesus is the key to receiving from God, it's the key to victorious living, it's the key to experiencing transformation. We've talked about how you must make it your priority, you need to measure your progress throughout your journey and you need to maintain your perspective — recognizing that God's work in you is a process that takes time. We looked at one of the most powerful promises in all of scripture, where Peter says if you will add these things to your faith, you will be productive and effective for the glory of God. What things? I hope you memorized the list. Goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. Last week we talked about the need to remind ourselves of three things: remember what really happened at salvation—we are saved by grace, not by works; remember who we're dealing with—Jesus is the Lord of all, the majestic and eternal Son of God; and remember what he plans to do—bring us all together to be with him in everlasting joy for all eternity.

On this upbeat note, chapter 1 of 2 Peter closes. In the second chapter, Peter gets a little negative—necessarily so. He issues a warning about false teachers, and let me tell you: he doesn't have anything good to say about them. Even in the early days of the church they had already become a problem—people who were distorting the words of Jesus and the teachings of the apostles in order to manipulate and control ...

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Steve May has been a pastor to pastors for more than 20 years, helping preachers and teachers to become more effective communicators of the gospel.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

The idea in 2 Peter is not only how to spot false teachers, but to make sure we don't act like they act.

I. False teachers are not the focus of our ministry.

II. God is taking care of the situation.?

III. Most of the characteristics of false teachers have to do with character, not theology.

IV. False teachers have a number of characteristics.

Conclusion

You may not be able to silence false teachers, but you can protect yourself from their teaching, and you can focus on doing what God has called you to do: serving Jesus by serving others.