THE ENEMY WITHIN

Before Session One:

Read through 1 Peter several times

 

 What is Peter’s emphasis in this letter?

How does he lay out his message?

Put together an outline that shows the main points of the letter and the overall theme.

Read through 2 Peter several times

 

What is the emphasis in this letter?

 

Put together an outline that shows Peter’s main points and overall theme.

 

Before Session Two:

 

 

Read again 2 Peter 1

 

How does Peter affirm the deity of Jesus Christ in this chapter?

 

What three things does Christ give His people that can be found nowhere else?

 

How are they received?

 

Peter tells us that we have been given everything we need for life and godliness - cross reference this with Colossians 2:8-15 and explain how this has been done.

 

 

What are the seven characteristics that Peter lists in these verses?

 

How are they developed?

 

 

What do you think then is required for a believer to live a godly life?

 

 

Why do we see so many Christians living as the world lives? Be specific

 

What is the remedy? Be specific

Before Session Three:

 

 

Read 2 Peter 1:1-15

 

Is there anything new that you have seen ?

 

Read Colossians 1:9-12

 

Draw a diagram describing Paul’s thought here.

 

How does this cross reference with 2 Peter 1?

 

 

Read 1 Cor. 9:24–27; Phil. 3:12–16; 1 Tim. 4:7–8.

 

How do these verses cross reference with 2 Peter 1?

 

 

Read Romans 7-8

 

There is much debate about chapter 7 and whether Paul is describing himself as a believer or as he was before he met the Lord Jesus Christ. Laying that issue aside what can you know for sure that Paul is explaining regarding ‘keeping the Law (that is the Mosaic Law)’ as compared to ‘the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus?

 

Try to be specific.

 

Ask yourself the question:

 

Does the Spirit of Christ Jesus testify with my spirit that I am a child of God?

 

If not what must I do?

 

Before Session Four:

 

Read 2 Peter 1:8-18

 

 

List the contrasts Peter makes in these verses.

 

What point is he making?

 

Read 1 Corinthians 3 and Hebrews 5

 

What comparisons can you make to 2 Peter 1?

 

 

Look up the Greek words and definition for shortsighted and blind.

 

How is it possible for a believer to be short-sighted or blind?

 

Read 1 John 2:11

 

How does this relate to 2 Peter 1:9?

 

 

Peter urges his readers to make certain of God’s calling and choosing them - what does he mean?

 

Look up the Greek word and definition for ‘stumble’ in verse 10

 

What do you think Peter is telling us?

 

 

How would you explain this to a new believer? Be specific 

Before Session Five:

 

 

Read 2 Peter 2-3 and Jude

 

Identify and list characteristics of the false teacher and false teaching under the headings of:

 

        Doctrine,  personality and ministry

 

In his letters to Timothy and Titus Paul was very specific about the spiritual characteristics of a godly teacher. 

 

Spend some time reading through those letters and then list the characteristics of those godly teachers under the headings that we used for false teachers above.

 

How would you ensure that you were able to tell the difference?

Before Session Six:

 

 

Read 2 Peter 2:1-11

 

How does Peter explain the nature of God’s judgment and the certainty of its coming?

 

 

Read Genesis 6-9; 13:8-13; 18:22-33; 19:1-29

 

What similarities do you see to the world in 2019? Be specific.

 

How would you characterise Noah and Lot?

 

How is Lot described in 2 Peter?

 

Would you agree with that description?

Before Session Seven:

 

 

Read 2 Peter 2:10-22

 

 

How does Peter describe the false teachers?

 

How does he describe what they promise?

 

 

Do you see any parallels between 2 Peter and the church in 2019 - be specific.

 

 

Who do you think false teachers target specifically?

 

What eventually happens to the false teachers?

 

 

What damage can they/are they doing to the church?

 

 

How are we to protect ourselves from their deception? Be specific.

Before Session Eight:

 

 

Read 2 Peter 3:1-10

 

 

What are the false teachers actually teaching?

 

How does Peter refute their teaching?

 

Read Isa. 2:10–22; 13:6–16; Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1; Joel; Amos 5:18–20; Zech. 12:1–14:3. 

 

What do you understand about the day of the Lord; the day of God, and the day of Christ? Is there a difference between these ‘days’?

 

If so describe the differences.

What does it mean that God is eternal? 

 

How is that different to being ‘immortal’?

 

Would that difference further explain the mercy of God towards human beings?

 

How does Peter describe the ‘patience of the Lord’? 

Before Session Nine:

 

 

What have you learned about God from 2 Peter?

 

Has what you learned made any difference to your attitude to the Gospel?

Read 2 Peter 3:1-18

 

Make a list of the things you ‘value’.

What is the basic attitude of “scoffers” to this world? 

 

What is their attitude toward God? 

 

What might we suppose their values might be?

What according to Scripture is the destiny of this world?

 

What is to be the basic attitude of believers toward this world and toward God? 

Is it wrong to appreciate the temporary as well as the eternal?

 

Where does God advise us to concentrate our efforts according to 2 Peter?

 

What is the reward that He offers as we do this?