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A brother recently wrote asking about his seeming inability to conquer the tendency to find intimate relationships with women other than his wife. As I read through 2 Peter, I sensed the Lord was showing me the high degree of relevance of 2 Peter to this issue.
Whether you are personally struggling with your lusts or might need to counsel someone that is, go through this study on 2 Peter and discover the most crucial teachings that are necessary to lead someone to a full knowledge of Christ and His glory. Key issues focused on here include: God's promises, divine power, godly living, judgment, and lifestyle.
Ideally, it would be good to isolate yourself from the phone for at least a thirty minute period for each of the five studies. Start the first few sessions by reading the three chapters of 2 Peter once or twice rather quickly. Star any verses that seem to speak strongly to you as you read. You can come back to them after your study is over. Below is more information on the style of questions.
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Before you start, pray and ask that God would in His graciousness and holiness show you all your sins and the terribleness of them and give you a love for godliness. In conclusion, write down the commitments He is leading you to take.
Dear Lord of Creation, sensuality has penetrated the hearts of your people. But why, O Lord, do we call you Lord when we don't obey You? Why do we seem to love feeding our lusts more than serving others in pure and genuine love? Are we really yours? If so, empower us. If not, convert us. But please, let us not face the terrible judgment in which the heavens will be destroyed by burning. Instead give us hearts to love and seek your heavenly kingdom. In Christ's Name we pray, Amen.
Study Questions based on the NASB
1. God's Mighty Weapons [2 Peter 1:1-4]
1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;
3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
Who is Peter writing to? (2 Peter 1:1)
How is "grace and peace" to be multiplied to our lives? (2 Peter 1:2)
What has been given every Christian? Why is this given to us? (2 Peter 1:3)
How does one gain these things (i.e. become a Christian)? (2 Peter 1:3)
What magnificent things has He given to every believer? (2 Peter 1:4)
What is the purpose of having these great things? (2 Peter 1:4)
By what means is the corruption in the world? By __________ (2 Peter 1:4)
Would you identify yourself as one of these people Peter wrote to? Why? What happened in your life that makes you think this is true of yourself?
Would you say that a Christian has everything he needs to live a godly life? What are those things?
What do you say to a professing Christian who says he doesn't have power to live a godly life? What are some excuses for sensual living that you have made or heard? What would you say to these people making these excuses from 2 Peter 1:1-4?
These answers will be found right in the Bible passage and are marked by an . The NASB text is used because it is most literal (though not always best). These questions encourage one to ask, "What does the passage actually say?"
Advanced and Application Questions
Advanced and application questions are combined together in the Advanced Questions and are marked by an . These answers will not be found in the text as the basic questions. One has to use other knowledge that one has gleaned over the years to answer these questions properly. They are meant to encourage one to dig deeper into the point of the passage. These questions would have one ask, "What does it mean?"
Application questions are meant to be personal and have to do with ones own life. These questions encourage one to ask, "What does the passage mean to me?"