We all need a reminder of the true story at the heart of the gospel.
In the face of false teachers and skeptics, Peter wrote his second epistle to remind his readers of God’s true story. They needed to be reoriented to the truth of their identity and status in Christ. Christians continue to experience similar challenges to our spiritual foundations today.
In Living in God’s True Story: 2 Peter, Donald L. Morcom shows that remembering the truth is the core theme of Peter’s second letter. In the midst of false alternatives, he encourages believers to live faithful lives that demonstrate love and wisdom. Though it may be short, 2 Peter is an impactful letter that explains how we can order our lives in accordance with God’s true story.
“D”—as his friends call him—has provided a terrific exposition of a much-neglected book of the New Testament. This is an informative, readable, and practical exposition of 2 Peter that is ideal for pastors, preachers, and study groups.
–Michael F. Bird, academic dean, lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia
The question “What kind of people should you be?” is one that should be asked by the people of God in every generation. In this accessible primer, Donald Morcom shows how the neglected book of 2 Peter asks this question of the early church and of us. At the same time understandable for lay Christians and helpful for Christian scholars, this is the rare book that will serve people in the church no matter what their vocation or level of prior knowledge about the Bible. I highly recommend it not only to those interested in 2 Peter but to anyone who hopes to follow Christ in this challenging age.
–Matthew Y. Emerson, professor of religion, dean, Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry, Oklahoma Baptist University
In this timely and accessible volume, Donald Morcom helps the honest, inquiring student of God’s word to grapple with the question of what it means to live as the people of God in this world. The combination of faithful exegesis of the text of 2 Peter along with valuable insights into both the apostle’s world and the world of today sets the stage well for a contemporary application that encourages the readers to understand the foundations of their faith. The reflection questions at the end of each section further encourage readers to see how God’s word should be shaping the thinking and behavior of all who have received this precious faith.
–Peter Francis, principal, Malyon Theological College, Brisbane, Australia
“‘The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation,” (Page 3)
“Living as Christ-followers means finding our place in this story and cultivating the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that fit within it.” (Pages 2–3)
“Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? What should I do?” (Page 1)
“ first is that our culture’s stories aren’t easily loosened from our way of thinking when we become Christ-followers” (Page 2)
“God’s ultimate goal for our lives as Christians is for us to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Page 36)
God’s Word is transformative. It is this conviction which gives the Transformative Word series its name and its unique character. Series Editors Craig G. Bartholomew and David J. H. Beldman have worked alongside authors from around the world to identify a key theme in each book of the Bible, and each volume provides careful Biblical exegesis centered on that gripping theme. The result is an engaging, accessible thematic exploration of a biblical book, poised to offer you new and refreshing insights.
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Donald (“D”) Morcom lives in Brisbane, Australia, and is lecturer in New Testament and Greek at Malyon Theological College, an affiliated institution of the Australian College of Theology.