Looking for an upbeat, encouraging Bible text today?
Sorry, everyone, 2 Peter 2 is about false teachers who make up stories so they can get their own way.
Peter's second letter starts with an upbeat message, but it also tells us that we must be real about church. There are dangers. Big ones. We can't ignore them.
There are people who make up their own stories, rather than lead us to the Bible.
There are greedy people who exploit the church.
There are people who will abuse those who are vulnerable.
Jesus and Paul gave similar warnings.
So what can we do? Well, our safeguarding policies are there for a reason. Please do make sure you are aware of them. And please do look at the drafts complaints policy we'll be brininging to the church next months. And please do look at the church accounts when you get them.
And please try to get to know your Bible. The people of Berea were praised because they opened their Bible and checked what they were being told. We need people like that.
More on Sunday ... for a service that with lots of praise and joy, but also what I hope will be a healthy dose of reality.