March 10th, 2021
Not sure if Eric and Kerry were the ones to start if off or not in their recent children’s feature on a Sunday morning, but seems the game 2 truths and a lie has been making it’s way through NSC as of late. I’ve had the chance to be here the last couple of Sunday evenings when our jr youth and then our sr youth and young adults were having their services, and the game managed to make it’s way into both of those services.
One of things I’ve noticed as the game is played, and I include myself in this, it’s fun to try and figure out as the categories are listed for each individual - what might be true and what is a lie about them. It brings about some laughs, some no way - joking about could Kerry have really played in the NBA. Somehow I just don’t think that’s true.
But when the consequences of whether you get it right or not, is simply some laughs over what was said, it’s not that huge a deal. My getting one or two of the answers wrong when the game was played on those Sunday evenings, was not that big a deal. Simply meant that someone else was going to score more points than me, and I don’t get bragging rights.
But what if the consequences are a bit more dire. The last couple of Sundays we’ve been looking at Peter’s words addressing the false teachers that were rampant in the church in the 1st century - not unlike our own day. A reading of chapter 2 gives us some pretty harsh realities of the judgement in store for these teachers. Vv1 says they’ll bring swift destruction upon themselves. It goes on to say that with their foolish talk, following their sensuality and greed, they’ll exploit their hearers. He walks through history reminding us that God’s judgement will come upon them, especially to those who despise God’s authority. They are so corrupt he tells us, and they bring down unsteady souls with them. They do not only impact themselves, but they take down their followers as well.
You know it’s easy in walking through this the last couple of weeks, to hear the harshness with which Peter confronts these teachers - he meets them head on, warning us of the danger they bring into our lives, into our church.
But I hope we also, hear the wonderful encouragement and challenge from Peter in the 2nd chapter, a Pastoral encouragement to his hearers. Why should you avoid the false teachers? Because they’re like a spring without water - they have no refreshment to offer us - they are simply mists driven by a storm. Why avoid them - because while they propose to offer us freedom, they don’t, because they can’t. They’re not free themselves.
So Peter says, listen to the Word of God, listen to the teachers who bring you away from the waterless well, to drink deeply from the fountain of God’s Word. Remember how Jesus responds to the Samaritan woman at the well the day they entered into conversation. Being at a well and talking about water, Jesus responds:
John 4:13-14: everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again, but whoever drinks from the water that I will give him, will never be thirsty again. In fact the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up in him for eternal life.
NSC, as we reflect on Peter’s words again this morning, I pray that we’ll be a people, longing for this water that Jesus give. To drink deeply from the fountain of truth, of God’s Word, not from the folly of springs without water.
And as we do, may we continually deepen our affections for Jesus and marvel at the wonder of the gospel, that drink that will never has us thirst again.