This word conveys the ideas of permanence, strength, the ability to withstand attack and long- term stability. This is the word Peter used in his second letter.
So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. (2 Peter 1:12)
David and Sandra, do you know that with every gift you give and prayer you offer on behalf of Basic Gospel you, like the Apostle Peter, are firmly establishing believers in God's love and grace. You are reminding believers of all that Christ has accomplished – essential truths that Peter shares in verse 3 and 4:
- He has given us everything we need for life and godliness.
- He has given us his very great and precious promises.
- Through these we may participate in the divine nature and escape the world's corruption.
He boldly declares that we can add to our faith goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love as a result of these truths.
Then, he reminds us that if we find any of these things missing in our lives it is because we've forgotten the fundamentals. Specifically, we've forgotten that, in Christ, we are forgiven people.
Here is Peter's message: If you want to be established, you must be grounded in the basics. There simply is no other way.
This is why the Basic Gospel is so vital to share, over and over. People never get tired of hearing what God has done for them in Christ. They never tire of hearing the foundation stones of love, grace, forgiveness and eternal life that define the abundant life.
In this crazy world in which we live, it's easy to get distracted and lose sight of all that we have in Jesus.
Your generous support means that someone somewhere on any given day will hear the truth about Jesus, remember who they are in him and allow him to reestablish them as his child, immovable in the face of everything life throws at them.
Someone like Judy:
I just listened to your broadcasts from the 25th, 26th and 27th. Thank you for this gift of the Good News of the Bible. I learn something new with each broadcast and get a better understanding of God's word. Grace through faith in Jesus Christ: so easy, yet we make it so difficult at times. Basic Gospel has blessed my life. Thank you.
This is the privilege we have as members of the body of Christ. Through us, his hands and feet in the world, he establishes people in his grace, forgiveness and life.
As my thanks for your gift this month, I want to send you a copy of Established in Truth, our latest audio CD. In this teaching I dive deeply into 2 Peter 1:10-21, explaining more fully why being established in the fundamentals is so vital to living the abundant life Jesus promised. This is an excellent resource to share with anyone who is confused about his or her status with God. Please check the appropriate box on the enclosed reply card when you send your gift, and we'll send Established in Truth right away!
Established in Jesus Christ. This is the secret to a fulfilled and abundant life. I look forward to hearing from you soon as we work together to proclaim this awesome news.
Your friend in Jesus,