Structural Outline of 2 Peter


  • 1:1-2 — Greeting.
  • 1:3-11 —  A salvation that produces growth in godliness.
    • 1:3-4 — Our salvation has granted us godliness.
    • 1-5-7 — Therefore, put on godliness.
    • 1:8-9 — Which is the product (effect) of our salvation.
    • 1:10-11 — And thereby confirms our salvation.
  • 1:12-15 — A truth bearing repeating [hinge]
  • 1:16-21 — A truth attested.
    • 1:16-18 — Attested by eyewitness testimony to the transfiguration.
    • 1:19-21 — Attested along with the entirely reliable prophetic word.
  • 2:1-22 — Truth which is contravened by false teachers.
    • 2:1 — The prediction of false teachers.
    • 2:2-3a — The influence of the false teachers.
    • 2:3a-10a — The condemnation of false teachers (and salvation of the godly).
    • 2:10b-11 — Description of the false teachers: their insolence.
    • 2:12-13a — The destruction of the false teachers (reiterated).
    • 2:13b-16 — Description of the false teachers (cont.): arrogance, lust, & greed.
    • 2:17-21 — The casualty (outcome) of the false teachers.
  • 3:1-18 — The Lord’s Return.
    • 3:1-2 — Remember the predictions and commandment.
    • 3:3-4 — Prediction of those who scoff at Christ’s second-coming.
    • 3:5-7 — Their error.
    • 3:8-9 — The Lord is patient to return, not slow.
    • 3:10 — The coming of the day of the Lord.
    • 3:11-13 — Live holy in light of his coming.
  • 3:14-18 — Concluding exhortations.


1:1 Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

A salvation that produces growth in godliness

Our salvation has granted us godliness

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

Therefore, put on godliness

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

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On the Interplay Between Congregational(ism) & Elder-Rule

The Issue:

The Bible teaches that elders are the governing office of the church. They are tasked with leading, managing, and overseeing. However, in the New Testament we find that the congregation is incredibly involved in the church’s affairs, and may, according to some, be seen as serving a governing role.

The question then is how these two things relate to each other. In many churches it is assumed that the elders lead, yet the congregation also exercises some expression of involvement or governance. So who leads (or governs), the elders or the congregation? And if both, how so? How do those two relate?

The below outline seeks to present various models of how this question is answered. It also seeks to present the various Biblical and theological content that potentially impinge upon this issue.


The Bible speaks to our ecclesiology. Polity is not a matter of Biblical indifference or a subject where the Bible leaves us open to organize ourselves as we like (contra. other traditions). We believe the sufficiency of scripture extends to the fact that the Bible guides us on how we as a church are to be governed.

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How CBS’s Living Biblically Presents Biblical Living

I just finished watching the first episode of the new show Living Biblically (you can watch it online here).

Inevitably, whenever shows like this come out, people will ask me what I think. Normally I don’t care enough to watch them. But this time I did.

I’ve typed out my gut reactions below.

Prefacing Caveats

First, some caveats.

  • Like I said, these are just gut reactions (I literally just finished the episode minutes ago). So, this isn’t some in-depth piece where I’ve carefully analyzed or re-watched the episode multiple times. So, don’t over-scrutinize my review here. This is pretty casual.
  • Second, I imagine there’s going to be a lot of hate thrown at this show from Christians (there always is with these things; and a lot of times, to be fair, the critiques are justified). But I’m not trying to add to that chorus here. My guts reactions below do focus on critique. But don’t assume that because that’s all I talk about here, that this is the whole story. I’m sure there’s a lot of benefit and good that can come from a show like this, e.g., opportunity to dialogue about faith.
  • Third, these gut reactions are only based on having watched the initial episode. So, I understand that more story development will take place, which would potentially answer and inform my reactions below. So, my reactions are necessarily limited. (But I probably won’t watch the other episodes, ’cause I just don’t care enough about this.)

Gut Reactions

So, without further ado, here are my gut reactions. They focus specifically on how Living Biblically portrays biblical living (and/or Christianity?). What does it truly mean to live Biblically? And does the show accurately represent that?

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