1. Can you name three of Jesus’ miracles?
2. Tell me three parables of Jesus
3. Give me the names of the twelve disciples.
4. Who were the disciples?
Tonight we are going to discuss the books of I and II ____________.
Peter was one of Jesus’ ______________ closest friends.
He was killed in the ___________________ that broke out under Emperor Nero in _________________ A.D. According to tradition he was crucified _________________________.
I Peter was written sometime around 62-64 A.D. and II Peter was written around ____________.
Now in Your groups answer these questions:
I Peter 1: 13-16says, “So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. “
What do these verses say we are supposed to do to be holy? hint: How do we think clearly according to these verses? What do the old ways look like?
2.How far away from the old ways have you come? Take some time and make a list of five things you think God wants you to do to get further away from the old ways. Share some with the group.
Come Back Together: Read II Peter 2
Some things to notice:
Peter warned that there would be _______________ teachers:
How do know the difference between a false teacher and a good teacher?
_______________ heresies. These are teachings that distort the Bible in order to recognize them you have to know what the Bible says.
sinful _____________- They do not have a holy lifestyle.
______________ for personal gain. Concerned with profit! LIsten to these words from I Timothy: “Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. ” I Tim 6: 6-11 NLT
God does care about our attitude towards money. It is a ___________ to get his work done. We should try to live ___________ and _____________ for God’s kingdom.
Read II Peter 3: 1- 16
Why should we seek to live Holy lives?
The Bible says that one of the signs of the last days is ______________. We have that today.
Jesus is coming soon and we have a lot of work to do. If Jesus were to come right now almost _____________ of Southern New England would be left behind.
God is ____________. But He will not wait forever.
Your life of ______________ does two things. It guarantees you a _____________ in Heaven. it can make the ____________ sit up and take notice.
How many of you have things God has told you to change to reflect holiness?