Welcome to the former online home of New City Baptist Church!

Our congregation approved a merger with Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church on January 21, 2024.

Once we receive the green light from the CRA, we will be officially known as Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. For now, we are one church under that name (spiritually), but two charities (legally).

Join us at 10:30am every Sunday and 7:30pm every Thursday at 527 Mt. Pleasant Rd.

Confirming our Calling and Election

August 13, 2023 Preacher: John Bell Series: 2 Peter

Passage: 2 Peter 1:1–11

Big Picture: Because God has given Christians all we need to become spiritually mature (3–4), we must actively pursue spiritual maturity (5–9) if we expect to receive a rich welcome into God’s eternal kingdom (10–11).

  1. Peter’s Greeting: When Peter begins his letter by referring to “the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,” he is saying that Christians will only enjoy “grace and peace in abundance” as we grow in our relationship to God and to Jesus (1-2).

 

  1. God’s Provision: God’s glory and goodness have provided great and precious promises, so that through them we may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption of the world. In short, God has given Christians all that we need to become spiritually mature (3–4).

 

  1. The Believer’s Responsibility: Christians must actively pursue spiritual maturity (5–9).

Add goodness to faith

Add knowledge to goodness

Add self-control to knowledge

Add perseverance to self-control

Add godliness to perseverance

Add mutual affection to godliness

Add love to mutual affection

“The issue is not merely whether Christians possess the virtues of vv. 5–7 (all Christians do, to some degree) but whether they are continually growing in them. In contrast, spurious Christians, those who claim that Christ has cleansed them but have shut their eyes to the truth, lack these virtues.” (Doug Moo)

  1. The Importance of Godliness: Christians must pursue spiritual maturity if we expect to be welcomed into God’s eternal kingdom (10–11).

 

 

* I received invaluable assistance from D. A. Carson’s “Becoming Conversant With The Emerging Church” and Doug Moo’s “NIV Application Commentary: 2 Peter and Jude”

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Remember the Final Day

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False Teachers and Their Destruction, Pt.1