Peter and the Church

Overcoming the Gates of Hades pt6

2 Peter 3:1-9

  1. Wake Up Your Mind (1)
    Can you name one area where you could
    be more spiritually focused?

  2. Remember the Old Testament (2a)
    What OT story do you find easy to relate to your life?

  3. Obey the New Testament (2b)
    What NT teaching do you find to be particularly challenging?

  4. Understand Scoffers and Their Motives (3-4)
    What part of the Christian doctrine seems absurd to you?

  5. Maintain Accountability (5-7)
    What helps you live righteously, self-controlled,
    and mindful of judgment day?

  6. Imitate God's Heart (8-9)
    How can we help each other become more longsuffering?

Overcoming the Gates of Hades pt4

2 Peter 2.1-16

Fight the Symptoms of Spiritual Malignancy (2.10-16)

  • Inappropriate Boldness (10)
  • Arrogance (10)
  • Scoffing Speech (10-11)
  • Animalistic Values (12)
  • Hedonism (13)
  • Carousing (13)
  • Lustful Objectifying of People (14)
  • Seduction/Manipulation (14)
  • Greed (15-16)

Overcoming the Gates of Hades pt3

2 Peter 2.1-3

Beware of False Prophets (2.1-3) False Prophets:

  • Slip in Secretly (2.1)
  • Deny Christ as Lord (2.1)
  • Grow Popular (2.3)
  • Damage the Church's Reputation (2.3)
  • Exploit People for Financial Gain (2.3)
  • Chase Earthly Desires (2.10)
  • Reject Accountability and Authority (2.10)
  • Get Caught in the End

Overcoming the Gates of Hades pt2

2 Peter 1.10-2.3

Application Questions:

  • Which of the following character traits do you most desire?
  • What can a person do to grow in this area?
  • How can a church community help?
     
  • Virtue: moral excellence, strength to choose the noble path
  • Knowledge: experiential walk with God
  • Self-control: inner strength, self-mastery
  • Steadfastness: perseverance, fortitude
  • Godliness: God-centered, quickly factors God into life decisions 
  • Brotherly Affection: learning to love in a platonic way
  • Love: agape, good will, unconquerable benevolence
     
  • Covet Peter's Heart Values (1.12-15)
  • Pursue an Experiential Walk with God (1.16-18)
  • Study the Word (1.19)
  • Affirm the Divine Origin of the Bible (1.20-21)
  • Beware of False Prophets (2.1-3)

Overcoming the Gates of Hades

2 Peter 1.1-11

  • Overview of 2nd Peter: Overcome the Gates
    • Through Spiritual Growth (Chapter 1)
    • Through Theological Health (Chapter 2)
    • Through Patient Longsuffering (Chapter 3)
  • Overcome Through Spiritual Growth:
    • Cultivate Awareness of Your Position in Christ (1.1-4)
  • Develop Your Character (1.5-7)
    • Virtue
    • Knowledge
    • Self-control
    • Steadfastness
    • Godliness
    • Brotherly Affection
    • Love
  • Gain Assurance of Salvation (1.8-11)
  • Application

 

  • Which of the following character traits do you most desire?
  • What can a person do to grow in this area?
  • How can a church community help?
    • Virtue
    • Knowledge
    • Self-control
    • Steadfastness
    • Godliness
    • Brotherly Affection
    • Love

 

Overcoming Angst

1 Peter 5.1-14

  • Introduction
  • Review: Master the Mind (4.7-19)
  • Defeat Angst through Artful Submission (5.1-7)
  • Resist the Devil (5.8-14)
  • Application:
    • What one thing could you do to be a better leader?
    • What one thing could you do to be a better follower?

How Should We View the Church?

1 Peter 4.7-19

Overview: Where We Are Going

  1. Master Your Mind (1 P 4.7-19)
  2. Defeat Angst through Artful Submission (1 P 5.1-7)
  3. Resist the Devil (1 P 5.8-14)
  4. Make Your Calling and Election Sure (2 P 1.1-11)

Application: Benefits of Mastering Your Mind

A Mastered Self Does Six Things:

  1. Love earnestly (4.8)
  2. Show hospitality w/o grumbling (4.9)
  3. Use your gifts/strengths to serve others (4.10)
  4. Glorify God in your speech (4.11)
  5. Glorify God in your service (4.11)
  6. Process Pain Well (4.12-19)

Jesus As Lord

1 Peter 3.14-4.7

  • Witness effectively (3.14-16)
  • Suffer well (3.17-18)
  • Gain spiritual security (3.19-22)
  • Live well (4.1)
  • Define living poorly (4.2-4)
  • Meet the Judge (4.5-6)
  • Act in Accordance with That Scheduled Meeting (4.7)