WEEK 41— GROWING IN GRACE

“There is nothing more important to learn about Christian growth than this: Growing in
grace means becoming like Christ.”
Stephen Charnock

Overview:
In this letter which the apostle Peter wrote shortly before his death, he urges his readers to grow in the grace and knowledge of God. He challenges the believers to become more mature in their faith by adding specific Christian virtues to it, thereby becoming effective, productive and fruitful in their knowledge of Jesus Christ. Peter also assures his readers of the authenticity of God’s Word. He lets them know that he wasn’t following anything made up by men when he preached to the believers about the power and the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. He testifies of being an eyewitness to the power and majesty of Jesus. Peter wants to stir up the believers and make sure they will always be mindful of these things after he is gone.

Memory verse:
2 Peter 1:20-21–20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

2 Peter 1
1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to selfcontrol perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 12 For this reason I will not be
negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. 13 Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by
reminding you, 14 knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. 15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease. 16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. 19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Confession:
Jesus, I have faith, but please strengthen it where it is weak. Let my faith be a firm foundation and teach me to add to it everything that I need in order to grow in the grace and knowledge of You. I want to become more like You. I know that growth is a process and there may be growing pains involved and things may get uncomfortable. Help me not to give up but continue to grow. Thank you that I can stand on the truth of Your word and that you are always there to help me.

THOUGHTS…INSIGHT…What is the Lord saying to me?
Discussion:
1. Who was Peter writing to? Do you feel included? Why? (2 Peter 1:1)
2. Do you think that God gives us everything we need to live a godly life or are we on our own to make it happen? What would you say is essential to living a godly life? (2 Peter 1:3)
3. How did the world become corrupted? What is the escape out of this corruption? (2 Peter 1:4)
4. Why is faith only the foundation in our walk with God and not enough by itself?
5. What can help us strengthen our faith when it is weak?
6. What did Peter urge his readers to add to their faith? (2 Peter 1:5-7)
7. Do you think these qualities have to be added to our faith in the order listed in 2 Peter 1:5-7? Why or why not?
8. Which of these qualities do you find most difficult to develop? Have you ever gotten
discouraged because you felt you were lacking any of them? How did you deal with it?
9. Why do we need to add to our faith and what will be the result of possessing these seven qualities? (2 Peter 1:8)
10. What happens to the person who does not possess these godly qualities (2 Peter 1:9)?
11. Would you say Peter is a good example to you in how he lived his life? How did Peter grow in his relationship with Jesus from the time he began following Him until the end of his life?
12. Peter described certain hopes he had for fellow Christians at the end of his life.
13. We call our end of life hopes and desires “bucket lists.” What would you say was the most important thing on Peter’s “bucket list”? What is on yours?
14. What should we remember regarding the prophetic word? (2 Peter 1:20-21)

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