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I & 2 PETER – LESSON 7


VII. GROWING IN GOD’S GRACE (2 Peter 1)

A. Peters’ salutation of grace and peace (1:1-2)

B. Growth in God’s grace ends with rich entrance into the eternal kingdom (1:3-11).

1. God’s power has provided all that is needed for spiritual growth.

2. Diligent effort should be directed toward seven areas of the Christian’s character:

a. Virtue

b. Knowledge

c. Self-Control

d. Patience

e. Godliness

f. Brotherly Kindness

g. Love

3. Growth keeps the Christian from stumbling.

C. Growth in God’s grace demands reminders of important objective truths (1:12-21).

1. Peter’s imminent death makes reminding urgent.

2. The coming of Christ is no fable; but is connected with eye-witness testimony of His majesty.

3. The prophecies of inspired prophets are now fulfilled in the coming of Christ – the word of prophecy made more                 sure.

QUESTIONS:

1. How does verse 1 relate to the faith of Ephesians 4:5?


2. In what two areas has God’s power been shown to be sufficient?


3. The Christian shares in God’s ___________________ _______________________. Explain:


4. How does “knowledge” of Christ in verses 3 and 8 differ from the “knowledge” in verse 5?


5. Why is “virtue” so important a characteristic in which to grow?


6. What does the command to grow in “self-control” tell you about you and your “desires”?


7. What does the command to grow in “patience” tell you about the possibility of falling away from Christ?


8. What is different between “brotherly kindness” and “love”?


9. What three things will occur if you grow spiritually in Christ?


10. What three things will occur if you do not grow spiritually in Christ?


11. What else do we need as Christians besides knowing and being established in truth?


12. What proof did Peter offer his readers that the message of Christ was no fable?


13. How has “the word of prophecy” been “made more sure”?


14. How should the readers respond to the word of prophecy?


15. What should be known about the prophecy of scripture?





I & 2 PETER – LESSON 8


VIII. WARNING OF FALSE TEACHERS (Chapter 2)

A. The work of the false teacher (2:1-3)

1. Brings in destructive heresies alongside of the truth

2. Denies the master who bought them – Jesus Christ

3. Obtains, through lasciviousness, many followers

4. Uses deceptive speech to make merchandise of followers– they exist to satisfy his own covetous spirit.

5. Arouses God’s sentencing of destruction.

B. Power of God to destroy and deliver proven by history (2:4-9)

1. Sinning angels not spared – reserved in TARTARUS for judgment

2. World of ungodly destroyed by the flood in righteous Noah’s day

3. Sodom and Gomorrah reduced to ashes – righteous Lot delivered.

C. The heart and character of the false teachers exposed (2:10-16)

1. Walk according to fleshly lusts – despise dominion

2. Ruled by brute instincts

3. Count it pleasure to engage in open unrestrained revelry

4. Eyes full of adultery – entice unstedfast souls.

5. Heart exercised in covetousness

6. Love hire of wrong doing – like Balaam

D. The consequences of following the false teachers (2:17-21)

1. The false teachers’ promise of freedom is empty.

a. The blackness of darkness is reserved for them.

b. Teachers and their followers are bondservants of corruption.

2. Apostate’s last state worse than their first

a. Better to not have known the truth

b. Like a dog turning to his own vomit again – like a washed sow wallowing in the mire.


QUESTIONS:

1. How does 2:1 to relate to 1:21?

2. How do false teachers bring in their destructive heresies?

3. What TWO THINGS will happen in the midst of false teaching?

4. What is “TARTARUS”?

5. Describe the heart of the false teacher in Peter’s warning?

6. Can one be identified as a false teacher if they teach false doctrine, but does not manifest the same heart identified in 2 Peter 2?

7. Were the followers of the false teachers Christians? Explain:

8. Can one who has been saved from sins fall into a “worse state”? Explain:







 I & 2 PETER – LESSON 9


IX. STIRRING THE MIND WITH REMINDERS (Chapter 3)

A. The second epistle, like the first, designed to arouse pure minds (3:1-2)

1. Remember words of prophets

2. Remember commandments of the Lord – presented through apostles

B. Warning of mockers who deny the second coming of Christ (3:3-7)

1. Mockers willfully forget that the ancient world of the ungodly was destroyed by water.

2. Present heavens and earth reserved for destruction by fire

C. Warning that the day of the Lord will come (3:8-10)

1. Remember that God is not bound by time – one day as a thousand years, a thousand years as one day.

2. Remember that the Lord is not slack concerning His promise of coming in judgment – He is longsuffering.

3. The day of the Lord will come as a thief – all things will be dissolved.

D. The actions taken because we know the day of the Lord will come (3:11-18)

1. Should live holy lives

2. Earnestly desire the coming of the Lord – living in a realm of righteousness

3. Give diligence to be found blameless in the Lord’s sight

4. Account the longsuffering of the Lord as opportunity of salvation

5. Beware of people who pervert the Scriptures – do not follow them and fall from your own stedfastness

6. Grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


QUESTIONS:

1. What was Peter’s purpose for writing both letters?

2. Describe the “sincere mind”?

3. What will the mockers be doing and saying?

4. Will we be following the way of the Lord if we are satisfied with only knowing truth and not what the specific error is on subjects      affecting our salvation?

5. What have the mockers forgotten? Is it their fault?

6. What two things should we not forget about the Lord? How will this memory equip us against the mockers?

7. Describe what will happen when the day of the Lord comes?

8. How is this different than just a “cleansed world” of verse 6?

9. Knowing the day of the Lord will come, what all should we be doing?

10. Was Paul’s writings inspired of God? Explain:

11. What is the Scriptural antidote for falling away?