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New Year’s Letter: St. Peter’s Last Words

What if we could bring back impetuous Peter from the dead to be the keynote speaker at a New Year’s Church Leadership conference at MainStreet? Would our attendance spike if the famous water-walking apostle was filling the pulpit the next 8 weeks? Would we show up with eager ears and ready to take notes?

Here’s a letter to the MainStreet community with an invitation to a series on 2 Peter.

Greetings MainStreet family:

I wanted to send a brief pastoral letter to all of you as we embark on a new year together. I know many pastors/elder boards will be sending letters out to their congregations highlighting the church’s fresh vision, ministry goals, new programs, staff updates and financial forecast. That letter may be forthcoming, but this is not it.

I want to share a word from my heart, and give a window into which embers of my heart the Holy Spirit is fanning as we come out of another difficult year for our world, our nation, and all of us individually. 

How am I doing? I have a level of peace and excitement unparalleled in my past decade of leading MainStreet. Wartime has a way of focusing soldiers on what really matters. The culture-war mood filling our airwaves and social media feeds, along with our collective battle against Covid, combined with the coming to light of so much unChristlike behavior and thinking among American Christians has me laser focused on getting back to basics: Learning, following, and displaying the Way of Jesus.

What if we could bring back impetuous Peter from the dead to be the keynote speaker at a New Year’s Church Leadership conference at MainStreet? Would our attendance spike if the famous water-walking apostle was filling the pulpit the next 8 weeks? Would you show up with eager ears and ready to take notes? Well, this is the heart behind our winter study of Peter’s last urgent appeal and deathbed exhortation for beleaguered believers still living in the valley of the shadow of Covid. 

Jesus, Paul and Peter weren’t consumed with Sunday attendance, organizational flow charts, growth metrics, staff management, or balanced budgets. What were they consumed with? Come Sunday to find out as we begin exploring the Second Letter of Peter. Every church leader’s ears should perk up when they hear the Apostle say that heeding his wisdom “will keep [us and our churches] from being ineffective and unproductive” (2 Peter 1:8). In what sense? In what efforts?

We’re stripping everything down this January. No music. No sermons. No gimmicks. Just a small group of disciples with Bible’s open and ears tuned to the sage wisdom of the elderly Apostle Peter. Scholars believe this was the last and latest NT writing, and serves as a kind of guide and warning to the next generation of Christians to remain grounded and not be led astray by false teachers and competing ideologies. Sound relevant? 

My study notes

Join us Sundays at 5PM as we unpack what it means that God’s “divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life” (1:3) and why we would “do well to pay attention to [Peter’s message], as to a light shining in a dark place” (1:19). This ancient letter will “stimulate you to wholesome thinking” (3:1) in a moment when many people’s “depraved conduct” is bringing Christ’s “Way of Truth into disrepute” (2:2). Peter will pull no punches as he expounds on the divine Energy, Ethics, and Eschatology that should be the sun around which our life and faith orbit as we, God willing, “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (3:18).

I hope you can sense my excitement and you come out to join us these Sunday evenings at 5pm. 

Growing in grace together,

Pastor Jeremy

Dr. Jeremy Berg is the founding and Lead Pastor of MainStreet Covenant Church in Minnetonka Beach, MN, where he has served since 2010. He an Adjunct Professor of Theology at North Central University (Minneapolis) and Professor of Bible & Theology at Solid Rock Discipleship School. Jeremy earned a doctorate in New Testament Context under Dr. Scot McKnight at Northern Seminary. He and his wife, Kjerstin, have three kids, Peter, Isaak and Abigail.

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