2 Peter 1

This second letter is a reminder to the believers that Jesus is returning. It is a call to live for Him through knowing Him and knowing the scriptures which are all about Him and the Apostles witness who wrote the New Testament about Him. It is a warning to be alert against false teachers and prophets who are teaching something different from the Scriptures and the Apostles witness (NT). It’s a reminder that Jesus will return like He promised. Above all get ready for Him. In Chapter 1 Peter exhorts his readers who have believed in Jesus and who have received the Holy Spirit to act upon their faith in order to be fruitful. He reminds them that the Old Testament scriptures reveal all they have believed to be true about Jesus as well as the fact that he himself has witnessed Jesus life, death and resurrection. Questions for Lifegroup: 1. Have you believed in Jesus? Have you received the promised Holy Spirit? 2. Are you becoming fruitful in your life as a follower of Christ? How are you growing in goodness, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly kindness and love? 3. Is your faith solely based on feelings which can change or are you convinced of the facts of its objective truth?

1 Peter 5

Peter closes his first letter with some more encouragements, instructions and warnings. He's asking the church to take it seriously, and for good reason, there is a lot at stake. As we take God's blessings seriously, then we can take our life seriously too. Questions for Lifegroup: 1. Do you have any leadership responsibilities (including at church/work/parenthood)? How does this passage encourage and challenge you? 2. Does it seem realistic to be alert and vigilant, but free from anxieties as you follow Christ? How do you want God to help you with this? 3. If you wrote a letter to your younger self (say 10 years ago), what would you say?

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