27 April 2008

Repentance: God's Patience

Sermon Notes from UCC, Pastor Ryan Hayden

2 Peter 3:8-10

8But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.

I. God's Timing is Different
- The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises.
- Do not forget: with the Lord, 1,000 years is like a day, and a day is like 1,000 years
- Our perspective changes things. God has eternal perspective. We can trust Him.
- Are we willing to wait? Do we trust Him who sees the big picture?
- The Lord is patient, not wanting anyone to perish.

II. God is Patient
- God didn't strike someone down the last time he or she had an affair or murdered or lied.
- God doesn't want anyone to be eternally separated from Him.
- The Lord gives us a chance to repent, to change our perspective.
*Our challenge: pray for the next stranger you see. God wants everyone.
Repentance: what do I need to see God's way?
If God is patient, how long will I make him wait?

III. Time Will Run Out
- Life is like a game of Monopoly. It's a long game. But when it's over, no matter who wins or loses, it all goes back in the box.
- The return of God will come like a thief. You won't be prepared.
- Take a deep breath and trust God and go and do.
- Realize that there's a time limit.
- Be holy and godly.
- Repent and change.


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