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A Message & Its Fruit

2 Peter 2:17-22

June 12, 2022 • Jake Gamble

2 Peter 2:17-22 | Jake Gamble | Last week, Peter warned against false teachers, and in this week’s passage, he’s still ringing the bell to guard against those who would lead people astray. He calls these teachers a “waterless spring” (v. 17). Using God as their platform, they promise people refreshment but have none to offer. They come along, telling people that following their lustful passions isn’t that big of a deal (v. 18). Peter tells us that these teachers are slaves to sin themselves (v. 19), and they only lead people down the same path. Peter goes so far as to say that it would’ve been better had they never claimed Christ and his righteousness in the first place (vv. 20-21). We all know people who have been led astray by false teaching that minimizes sin in the name of grace; teaching that promotes the leaders’ platform and desires while downplaying righteousness. As we study this week, may we long to have ears to hear teaching that lines up with the truth of Scripture, and may we have the wisdom to discern when teaching would lead one astray.

Are We There Yet?

June 19, 2022 • Andrew Murch

2 Peter 3:1-10 | Andrew Murch | In this week’s text, Peter says there are people, he calls them scoffers, who believe that the Lord is treating creation much like the kids treated their house. These scoffers say, “nothing has changed since creation. God is clearly absent.” (2 Peter 3:4). They think God has not intervened and will not intervene. Unlike the conclusion of your parent that the unkempt house meant nothing had been done, the Lord is actually at work in the world. Peter says that the Lord is not absent, he is not delaying, but rather he is patient. The Lord will bring judgment on all the broken and wicked things in this world but he is patient because of his desire that all people would be saved.

Contagion

June 5, 2022 • Andrew Murch

2 Peter 2:1-16 | Andrew Murch | Peter just finished giving his eyewitness account of the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and now he turns his attention to false teachers who manipulate the gospel for the sake of their own carnal pleasures and selfish gain. After outlining the playbook of these false teachers, Peter encourages his readers that condemnation and destruction is coming for these false teachers (verse 3), using multiple Old Testament and Jewish literature examples of divine justice to make his point. Remember, this is the last thing the Apostle Peter writes before his death. As you study this week, think about why he would’ve thought this message important enough for his final letter. As a Christian in 2022, this warning is as necessary as ever. In a world where false teachers abound, how can Christians identify and guard against instruction that is counter to the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Can We Keep Going?

May 29, 2022 • Cody Cannon

2 Peter 1:16-21 | Cody Cannon | As accurate as they were, in declaring the truth, God did not merely depend on the oral, eyewitness accounts of the apostles. Through the agency of the Holy Spirit, He superintended the recording of those experiences in the inspired revelation of Scripture. In other words, if any would question the validity of Peter’s eyewitness experience, he appealed to an even better source “the prophetic word more fully confirmed” (2 Peter 1:19). As reliable and helpful as Peter’s experience was, “the prophetic word” of Scripture is “more fully confirmed”. As we follow the story of God’s redemptive plan throughout the Bible it is God Himself who repeatedly emphasizes that His inspired word is inerrant, infallible, and the all-sufficient source of truth, which does not require human confirmation. Peter is giving us an iron-clad way to stand against the errors of false teachers...know and use your Bible.