2 Peter 2

16/02/2020
We are gleefully told that we live in a ‘post-truth’ society. In simple words, we are told and encouraged to live as though there is no such thing as absolute truth and that you can make up your own truth, believe anything you want (unless you believe there is an absolute truth) and no one has the authority to tell you otherwise. Jesus says that He is, ‘...the way, the truth and the life...’. Peter warns us that false teachers and their heresies, made up stories and lies will be amongst us. We know that everywhere the Bible and Word of God, is scorned, twisted and used to justify almost anything. Peter makes clear the judgement and condemnation that awaits false teachers and their willing followers. God has already taken care of them. Our concern should be making sure that we stick to the truth and don’t fall into the traps Satan and his false teachers have laid for us. Questions for Lifegroup: 1. How can we recognise false teachers and false teaching? 2. Why do we need to be constantly on our guard against their lies and made up stories? 3. What can we do as individuals and a church do to protect ourselves from the dangerous effects of false teaching?
In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (2:8-9), he writes: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” If faith is a gift of God, why do we sometimes seem to struggle to gather up enough faith to believe God’s promises, do the right thing or faithfully pray for something we want God to address? We often say that someone has a strong or weak faith. We seem perfectly able to use faith in everyday life, for example, confidently turning on the tap knowing we’re going to get water. We are sometimes less confident in using our gift of faith to 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding’ (Proverbs 3:5). Jesus, by His death on the Cross and resurrection, set us completely free form the Power of Sin and Death. He also gave us the free gift of faith, without which, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Questions for Life-groups: 1. Why might we find it hard to use our gift of faith? 2. Do only special, ‘mature, experienced’ Christians have strong, effective faith or is the gift given to all believers? 3. If we think we lack faith, is there anything we can do about it or are we just ‘weak’ Christians?

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