Scripture Reading: II Peter 1:1-11.
Memory Verse: For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 1:8)
Peter was greatly concerned that all would learn to know and accept the counsel of God. He was convinced this would provide a church with stable Christians.
It was his desire that they should be able to detect error and meet the dangers of their particular time period. Christians today also face the same struggles with only the mode or method changing.
The main thrust is knowing the truth of God’s Word and applying it to our everyday life. Peter presents to us several qualities that can and will help us toward spiritual maturity.
The spiritual progression grants to us the power to “be diligent.” The end result is the ability to proceed in the Christian walk without falling or stumbling.
‘‘The insuring of one’s election is spoken of, not in respect of God, for there is no uncertainty on His part, but on our part. Real joy comes from being sure we’re saved. That does not come by sitting down and waiting for religious feelings. Active pursuit of spiritual things and the service of Christ is the quickest way to find inner assurance that the Holy Spirit is indwelling” (Edgar C. James).
- In the epistle introduction, how is the foundation of our precious faith described? II Peter 1:1-2.
- How do we acquire the things that pertain unto life and godliness? II Peter 1:3. Discuss the concept of true knowledge being bestowed as a gift of God through His power. James 1:17.
- What is meant by being partakers of the divine nature? II Peter 1:4; John 1:12; I John 3:1-2. List some benefits of escaping the corruption of this world.The next three questions come from II Peter 1:5-7.
Discuss these fruits as they relate to Christian growth and stability.
- Faith—Romans 10:17. Virtue—Courage or fortitude. Knowledge—True wisdom from God.
- Temperance—Proper use through restraint. Patience—Bearing all trials and difficulties. James 1:3. Godliness—Reflecting the attributes of God.
- Brotherly Kindness—Hebrews 13:1-2. Charity—The grease that makes it all work. I Corinthians 13:13.
- What is the result of adding the above fruits to our lives? II Peter 1:8.
- What is the result of NOT adding these fruits to our lives? II Peter 1:9; Titus 2:14. How would this hinder growth and stability?
- When we practice God’s ways in our lives, what can we be sure of? II Peter 1:10; I John 2:10.
- Discuss the witness a stable Christian represents to others. II Peter 1:11.
EXTRA-MILE QUESTION: Discuss the phrase in II Peter 1:10, “Make your calling and election sure.” Is this done on our part or on God’s part? Check other translations including Phillips’.