September 27, 2020
Knowing God Personally
2 Peter 1:12-15
Peter is thinking of his approaching death and urgently reminds the churches to continue living in all godliness. They know the godly qualities they’re to pursue and are already established in the truth. Peter wants them to keep focusing on these certainties as part of their daily pursuit. We need to be reminded because we’re all forgetful.
1. The importance of
A. Be established (v. 12)
Luke 22:31, 32
B. Live like you’re (v. 13)
“For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened . . .” 2 Corinthians 5:4
· When you live in a tent, you know it’s .
· A tent is not meant to
· When you’re done camping, you can’t wait to
“. . . What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:14
2. Live with (v. 14)
“It is appointed unto men ONCE TO DIE, and after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27
John 21:18, 19
3. Have a legacy that (v. 15)
“Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.”
-John Piper, “Don’t Waste Your Life”
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:2
Memory verse: “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.” 2 Peter 1:12
Read 2 Peter 1:1-15. According to verse 12, in what did Peter say his readers were established?
About what do you need to be constantly reminded?
Read 2 Peter 1:1-15. What did Peter think it was right for him to do in verse 13?
In what way are our bodies like tents?
Read 2 Peter 1:1-15. What did Peter know that he would soon do in verse 14?
Why do we need to have our memory refreshed about biblical truths?
Read 2 Peter 1:1-15. What did Peter want his audience to be able to do after he had died? See verse 15.
Why is it easy for us to forget truths that are important to us?
Read 2 Peter 1:1-15. How important to your faith is it that Peter (and other New Testament writers) were eyewitnesses of the life of Christ?
Why is it important to know that our faith is grounded in history?
Read 2 Peter 1:1-15. Spend time working on the memory verse and answering any unanswered questions above. Read the remainder of chapter 1 that we’ll finish this coming Sunday. Invite a friend to come with you.