Walking In The Right Way

WALKING IN THE RIGHT WAY
2 Peter 2:15
 
INTRO: Peter said some had forsaken "the right way" (text); the way which is otherwise called "Christianity." Peter looks to some who had refused to walk in "the right way." Our present lesson will leave the people to whom Peter speaks and call upon men today to think of ourselves in relation to "the right way."

I. FIRST, ASK: "WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY?"
   
A. Before one can walk in it, he must have knowledge of what it is.
        1. If one errs here the labor of advancing will be in vain.
        2. Whatever progress is made will only lead in the wrong direction,
            and terminate in disappointment and regret (Pro. 14:12; Matt. 7:13-14).
        3. But more than mere disappointment - such will be turned from heaven
            to the depths of hell.
    B. In a thing of such importance there should be no satisfaction of mind
        without certainty and certainty is attainable.
        1. God will accept no excuse for being mistaken as to the "right way"
            (Isa. 35:8; John 7:17; 6:44-45).
        2. Peter says to "make your calling and election sure" (2 Pet. 1:19).
        3. After learning what the right way is --

II. ENTER IT AND WALK THEREIN
   
A. Paul writes of some who have a "form of godliness but who deny
        the power thereof" (2 Tim. 3:5).
        1. Regrettable how many there are of this persuasion.
        2. Many are familiar with truth, but refuse to obey it.
        3. Not simply knowing, but doing is required (John 13:17;
            Jas. 1:21-25).
        4. Acquaintance with truth, if it has no influence upon one, will be
            worse than not having truth at all (Jas. 4:17; Lk. 12:47).

III. TURN NOT ASIDE TO THE RIGHT OR LEFT
   
A. There are mistakes and extremes of an opposite direction, and
        we must not suppose that in going from one side we are in no
        danger from the other.
        1. All extremes are dangerous; truth and duty usually lie in between.
        2. Ought to pray for the sick, but prayer must precede action on
            the prayer's part.
        3. Should pray for the sinner, but he must obey.
        4. Some depend on "faith only," and others seemingly on works
            without faith.
            i. Truth is that both are needed (Gal. 5:6; Jas. 2).

IV. GET AS MANY AS YOU CAN TO GO WITH YOU
   
A. Moses said to Hobab: "Come thou with us" (Num. 10:29).
        1. Invited them to come to the land of milk and honey!
    B. Many have begun alone, but constancy of life and devotion to
        duty have influenced others to join.
        1. To be the instrument of saving one soul is greater than being
            a king (John 1:49-50).
        2. The true child of God will not be content to travel alone to the
            home of the soul, but will say - "come and go with us."

V. GO ON YOUR WAY REJOICING
   
A. So did the Ethiopian after his obedience (Acts 8).
        1. You have the same course of joy open to you that made him
            rejoice!

CONCLUSION: Let us each seek "the right way" - get as many as we can to go with us, and walk faithfully in it all the days of our lives.