‘Christmas explained by the words of Peter’ (2 Peter 1:16-21)

‘There’s no Christmas without Christ!’ If only that were so. Sadly, there’s lots of Christmases without Christ, and as Christmas comes and goes again, it’s possible that many fall for the trap of living as though, the trimmings count more than the reality. The Apostle Peter knew little about the Christmas story, but what he did know about Jesus he learned through first hand experience – and in the text of 2 Peter 1:16-21, Peter reflects on his time on the mount of transfiguration with Jesus. It must have been amazing to see and witness. A place where Peter saw the majesty and glory of Jesus. But even then, after having that experience, Peter said there was something even ‘more sure’ than what he’d seen and heard. It was the Scriptures. These testify to the One who came for us to be our Saviour.

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: O Come All Ye Faithful
00:18 Introduction
00:54 Prayer
06:46 Bible reading: Luke 9:18-36
Song: What Child Is This
09:50 PresAID Appeal
13:10 Bible reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21
Song: Good Christians All Rejoice
14:45 Barnabas Fund appeal
19:29 Sermon: 2 Peter 1:16-21
Song: Joy to the World
42:45 Closing


  • It’s Boxing Day…the cricket is on!
  • Imagine cricket without the ball? Imagine Christmas without Christ!
  • How do we know if this is all true?
  • Consider Peter’s reasons… He says, trust…
  1. The testimony of the Apostles (v.16-18)
  2. The testimony of the Scriptures (v.19-21)

The rescue mission…
One other Apostle’s trustworthy saying.…