1. Looking at the first four verses, what does Peter say is the source of everything that we need for life?
2. In verses 5-10, Peter encourages us to respond by being diligent. What are we supposed to be diligent about pursuing?
3. The sermon compares our experience of God's gift to us as opening a present given to us. How does that analogy speak to your current experience of faith and how you are experiencing the promises of God?
4. The sermon briefly describes the seven qualities that are marks of making use of God's gift to us.
- Which of these qualities do you think is most lacking in our current time and culture?
- Pick one of the qualities where you see yourself growing, and describe how you see that in your life.
- Pick one of the qualities where you don't see yourself growing, and describe how you see that in your life.
5. The sermon closes by calling us to do one thing different these week in light of Peter's principles. What might that be for you?
2 Peter 1:1-10
1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, 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 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, 6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, 7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.