Well thank you, John, and musicians for leading us in our worship tonight. Thank all of you for being here with us, always...as John Rourke said...a great privilege to hear the testimonies of those who have come to faith in Christ. I can't get the story of the penitent thief out of my mind because it is that dramatic miracle that happens again and again and again when God graciously saves sinners...just as dramatically on the inside if not quite as dramatically on the outside.
Now this would be the third in a series of messages that I've been giving you on the end of the universe. We began actually with one on the beginning of the universe, or the theology of creation. That might be a message that would be of encouragement and help to you that you can also pick up. But I want you to go to 2 Peter chapter 3 after a couple of weeks of kind of a hovering around this text, we want to direct our attention to this text because it is in 2 Peter 3 that we have the revelation of God as to the end of the universe. There are other texts that speak to this issue, none as pointedly and directly as this one does.
And I think it would be helpful for us if we listen to the reading of this passage. So I'm going to begin reading in chapter 3 at verse 1 and read down to verse 14....