Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
“The entrance to His Word is the LIGHT to this world.” Pastor David Crank
Today’s Reading Assignment – 2 Peter and Jude
“Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.” 2 Peter 1:19-21
Study Questions for 2 Peter 1
Who is the sender of this letter? Who is the recipient? How are they identified?
Where can we obtain grace and peace? (2, John 17:3) Why list both? why that order? What does this personally mean to you?
Make Effort (1:3-11)
Does a Christian need anything for life and godliness? (3a) Why or why not? (3b) How did God do this? (3c)
What has come through God’s glory and goodness? (4) Why did he give us these?
What does the qualities in verses 5-7 begin and end with? What does the fact that we are encouraged to make every effort tells us? (3:14; Luke 13:24; Heb. 4:11) If we possess these what will happen? (8) If we lack even one of these qualities what has happened to us? (9) How does remembering what Jesus did for us help us seek these qualities?
What is our calling and election? (10a; 1 Peter 2:9-10, 2:21-22, 3:8-9) What does it mean to make it sure? What kind of welcome can we look forward to if we make every effort? (10b-11) How does Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 10:32-33 help us understand this?
The Power and Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1:12-21)
What can we do to help others and ourselves grow in these qualities? (12-15) What is our present body like and what can we learn from this? (1 Cor. 15:42-44)
What does Peter tell us about Jesus’ next arrival? When did Peter see what Jesus will look like when he comes again? (17-18; Matt. 17:4-6)
What is the word of the prophets compared to? (19) How is this true in our hearts?
How is prophecy different that this Bible study? (20) Why is this so?
“And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.” 2 Peter 2:20-22
Study Questions for 2 Peter 2
Many Will Follow Their Shameful Ways (2:1-3)
Can we believe every preacher, Bible teacher, prophecy, ink, and tongue? (1) Are false believers easily identifiable? Is it possible for someone to introduce false teachings in your congregation? What will happen to someone who continually teaches something contrary to what is written in a good Bible translation? (1b, 3b)
The Lord Knows How To Rescue Godly Men (2:4-12)
What are some similarities between the angels, the ancient world, and Sodom and Gomorrah as mentioned in verses 4-7 and 10?
What are some similarities between Noah and Lot? (8; Gen. 6:9) What can we learn from them who also lived among false teachers, those in verses 4-7?
What does Peter reveal about God’s character from his dealings with Noah and Lot? (9) What does it mean “to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment”? What does it mean “to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment”? (Dan. 7:9-10; Rev. 20:11-15) What can we learn from this about the near future of the righteous? (Matt. 24:10-1; 1 Thess. 4:13-17; Rev. 20:4-6)
Who are angels stronger than? (11) When do we know of a time that an angle did not slander another? (Jude 1:8-10)
Slaves of Depravity (2:13-22)
What characteristics are displayed in false teachers? (13-14) What can be learned from Balaam? (15-16)
Who is most susceptible to false teachers? (17-18) Why then is the responsibility of those who know the truth so important? (Titus 1:8-9)
What is the main theme of these false teachers? (19) Where they always false teachers? (20-22) How are they different that the righteous?
“I am warning you ahead of time, dear friends. Be on guard so that you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen”. 2 Peter 3:17-18
Study Questions for 2 Peter 3
Where is This Coming (3:1-8)
What is the intent of this letter and 1 Peter? How does Peter lead us to wholesome thinking? (2) How does this help us understand the importance of Holy Spirit filled Bible study?
What are scoffers saying in our generation and why do they say it? (4; Matt. 26:64; Luke 18:8; John 14:2-3; Acts 1:9-11) What does the past teach us the absolute nature of God’s word? (5-7; Matt. 24:35) What is the future of the present heavens and earth?.
Come Like a Thief (3:9-10)
Why hasn’t Jesus come yet? (9) Since Peter is writing to believers and saying Jesus is patient with us, what can we learn from this verse and verse 15? (Matt. 24:14)
What is the day of the Lord? (10a; 2 Thess. 2:1-2; 1 Thess. 5:1-2) What is it compared to? (Matt. 24:42-44; Rev. 16:15) Who is the Lord Jesus taking from and what is he taking? (John 10:2-3; 14:30-31; 15:19)
What does the elements being destroyed by fire remind you of? Why should we not put hope in this world, no matter how it looks now?
Live Holy and Godly Lives (3:11-18)
What kind of life should we live? (11-12, 14)
Is our home in this world? (13; Heb. 11:13-16)
What does he equate Paul’s letters with? What kind of people distort Scriptures?
What does the fact that Peter warns us tell us about what could happen? (17) How can we stop this from happening to us? (18)
“But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.
And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.” Jude 1:20-23
Study Questions for Jude
Who is the sender of the letter? When does this appear to have been written? (17a) How did he address the recipients?
What three things were they to have in abundance? (2) What is mercy? What is peace? What is love?
The Sin and Doom of Godless Men (1:3-16)
What is the salvation we share and how was it obtained? (Acts 4:10-12) What did he write to them about instead of the salvation we share? (3b) What does it mean to “contend for the faith”? Who is it entrusted to?
Why did he have to write to them? (4a) How are these men described? (4b, 8a, 12-13, 16) What does it imply that they “secretly slipped in among them”? In what can someone deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord? Is this possible today?
What is the first example given as a warning? (5; Ex. 32:27-28, Num. 14:20-23) The second example? (6) The third example? (7a) What example do they serve to us? (7b) What is similar with the three examples?
How are the men who secretly slipped in like the examples given? (8) What example of humility is given? (9) How were the slanderous men different? (10) What can we learn?
Who was Enoch? (14a; Gen. 5:21-24; Heb. 11:5) What did he prophecy? Considering this, how should we conduct ourselves in these last days?
Keep Yourself in God’s Love (1:17-25)
What did the apostles warn us about godless men among us? (17-18) What is the difference between natural instincts and the leading of the Spirit? (19)
What seven bits of advice given in verses 20-23?
When will Jesus present us and to whom? (24) To whom will we be presented? (25) Considering this how then should we live? (Matt. 10:32-33) Considering this how then should we live? (Matt. 10:32-33; 2 Cor. 5:6-10)