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James Study Chapter 2 v. 14-26
Friday, March 15th, 2013

James Study Chapter 2 v. 14-26

 

Faith and Works

  • James asks some questions. v.14
    • Is saving faith only a mental exercise?
    • Is faith without action saving faith?
  • Put feet to your prayers. v.15-16
    • Don’t wait for a miracle if a miracle isn’t needed.
  • Faith without works is dead. v.17, 26
    • Like a book unread.
  • Faith is made evident by good works. v.18
  • Belief in God is not enough. v.19
    • Demons also believe.
    • Love and obedience is a result of salvation.
  • Only fools believe in faith without works. v.20

 

Examples of Faith

  • Abraham’s works
    • Obedient offering of Isaac. v.21
    • Maturing of faith. v.22
      • The working out of ones salvation brings maturity.
      • Faith is built up by good works
    • Abraham’s actions fulfilled scripture. v.23   Gen. 15:6
      • Evidence of Abraham’s belief in God.
  • Rahab
    • Her treatment of the spies was evidence of her belief in God. v.25
      • Fear of God caused her to submit to Him.
      • Better to her than inevitable death.
  • Rebirth v.26
    • The indwelling Holy Spirit is a gift of salvation.
      • Only those born again possess the Holy Spirit.
      • The unsaved are eternally dead.
    • Works are from the Holy Spirit.
      • Fruit of the Spirit. Gal. 5:22-23
      • Not the works of man. Is. 64:6
      • Fruit or works show evidence. Mat. 7:15-20

 

James Study Chapter 2 v.14-26 Questions

1. Are you saved by faith or works?

2. What are “works”?

3. How does James say works fit into salvation?

4. After salvation what must we do with the needs of others?

5. Who do you think James is directing his words to?

6. Why is only belief in God enough to save?

7. What did James example of Abraham teach about saving faith?

8. Why is Rahab, a prostitute, singled out as an example in scripture?

9. Why does James refer to works and the Holy Spirit the same way?



James Study Chapter 2 v.1-13
Friday, March 15th, 2013

James Study Chapter 2 v.1-13

 

Partiality

  • God’s attitude. v.1   Rom. 2:11, Acts 10:34
  • Mans’ tendencies. v.2-7
    • Favor the wealthy. v.2-3
    • Desire to emulate the wealthy.
    • Ignore the poor
  • Synagogue and assembly seats few. v.3
    • Middle class Pharisees coveted a seat.
      • Desire to be noticed
      • Wished to be like the wealthy
  • God chose the poor. v.5
    • Rich in faith
    • Heirs of the Kingdom
    • Promise of God
      • Who love Him
  • The wealthy are actually your enemies. v.6
  • Dishonoring the poor is a form of blasphemy. v.7

 

The Law

  • Royal Law. v.8   Mat. 22:34-39
    • To follow the Law is to do well. v.8
    • Partiality is a sin against the Law. v.9
  • Breaking one Law makes you guilty of all. v.10
    • Not individually but as a whole.
  • Severe judgement will come to the merciless. v.13

 

James Study Chapter 2 v. 1-13 Questions

1. What does it mean that God is not a respecter of persons?

2. Why do we as a people tend to disrespect the poor?

3. Does favoritism towards the wealthy have any positive outcome?

4. Why were seats at the synagogue so coveted?

5. Why did God choose the poor?

6. According to James are the rich followers of Christ?

7. What did James have in mind when he said “if you follow the law you do well?”

8. Why is showing partiality a sin?

9. Why does breaking one commandment make you guilty of breaking all the commandments?

10. How important is mercy in the walk of a Christian?



2 Peter 2:10-22
Saturday, March 9th, 2013
2 Peter Study Chapter 2 v. 10-22

Monday, October 8th, 2012

2 Peter Study Chapter 2 v. 10-22

Completing the Portrait Started in Verse 1

  • False      prophets and teachers are…
    • Practitioners       of worldly ways. v.10
    • Despisers       of authority.
    • Daring,       arrogant, defiant.
    • Self-willed       – obstinate, determined to do evil.
    • Unafraid       to speak against demons.
      • They        believe they are more powerful.
      • Full        of themselves. (prideful)
      • Even        godly angels know better. v.11
        • Michael the Archangel had Jesus rebuke Satan. Jud. 9
    • Like       out of control animals. (Rabid, dangerous predators). v.12
      • Should        be captured and killed.
      • Creatures        of instinct.
    • To       speak out against what they have no knowledge of.
    • To       suffer wrong because of their wrong. v.13
  • Additional      characteristics.
    • They       do not wait for nighttime to commit sin. v.13
    • They       are proud of their deceptions.
    • They       still wish to fellowship with the godly.
    • They       look on women as objects of adultery. v.14
      • Deny        God’s law.
    • They       do not cease from sin.
    • They       are trained in greed.
    • They       have forsaken salvation and the ways of God. v.15
    • They       have followed the ways of Balaam. v.15 Num.       22-25, 31:16
      • OT        false prophet.
        • Desired         the wealth to be gained from sinful deeds.
      • Lead        Israel        astray in Moab        by his advice.
        • Sexual         sin with the Moabite women.
        • The         worship of false gods.
      • Was        rebuked by a donkey. v.16
    • They       are worthless as a dry spring and a false promise of rain. v.17
    • They       have a reservation prepared for them in hell.
      • In        contrast to the believer. Jn.        14:2-3
    • They       are speakers of vain, arrogant words. v.18
    • They       tempt people with worldly desires.
      • Health,        wealth, and prosperity again.
      • The        joy of “stuff” (material things).
    • They       turn away those close to the truth.
    • They       promise freedom. v.19
      • But        they are themselves enslaved.

The Sad Truth about False Prophets and Teachers

  • These      men once knew the truth. v.20
    • At       one time in their lives they sought Jesus and His teaching.
  • Ultimately      they rejected the truth.
  • They      should have continued on the road to salvation. v.21
    • Instead       of eternal life they will receive eternal punishment.
  • They      have gone in v.22 as Pr. 26:11 says:
    • Like       a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.
  • Peter      also adds his own similar proverb. v.22

2 Peter Study Chapter 2 v. 10-22 Questions

1. Do false teachers fear God?

2. Why is it unwise to rebuke Satan or his demons alone?

3. Why does Peter write that false teachers do not wait for night to commit sin?

4. What did Balaam do to be called a false prophet?

5. Why do you think God rebuked Balaam through his donkey?

6. How does a person become enslaved by the freedom a false teacher offers?

7. Did a false teacher ever accept Jesus as their Savior?

8. How severe is God’s punishment toward those who corrupt His Word?

9. What do the two proverbs at the end of the chapter reveal?

10. After all these words why is it critical that we all can recognize false teachers?



Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

2 Peter Study Chapter 1 v. 12-21

Peter’s Final Ministry

  • To remind believers of the truth. v.12
    • In spite of the fact you already know the truth.
    • That truth is present with a believer.
      • Even though present Peter        knew weak believers could be drawn away.
  • Peter believed it was his duty to be a reminder to      God’s people. v.13
  • Peter knew his earthly life was almost at an end. v.14
    • Jesus predicted his death. Jn. 21 v. 18
  • Peter wanted to leave a lasting impression. v.15
    • He wanted his words to be remembered after his death.
    • His teaching was clear and powerful.

Peter’s States His Authority

  • Peter and the other apostles were eyewitnesses to the      ministry of Jesus Christ. v.16
    • Peter’s spoken words were true because he was there.
      • About the gospel.
      • About the teachings of Jesus        Christ.
  • Peter was present on the Mount of Transfiguration. v.17-18
    • He heard the voice of God about Jesus.
    • He saw Jesus in His glorified state.
  • Peter, James, and John had received the Word of God      from the Source. v.19-21
    • Biblical prophecy is our only accurate vision of the       future.
    • Be careful what you read and follow.
      • Only the Bible is God’s Word.
      • Other writings cannot be        trusted.
    • Man is unable to interpret the prophecy of scripture       alone. v.20
    • Interpretation comes only from God, not man’s will. v.21
      • Through men by the Holy        Spirit.

2 Peter Study Chapter 1 v. 12-21 Questions

1. What was Peter’s final ministry?

2. How did Peter know that he would soon die?

3. What did Peter wish to leave with fellow believers?

4. How did Peter defend the apostle’s letters?

5. Why did Jesus take Peter, James, and John to the Mount of Transfiguration?

6. How did they view God the Father and Jesus differently when they were there?

7. What did God teach the men on the mountain?

8. How does Peter describe God’s Word?

9. How must the Bible be interpreted?

10. What is inspiration?

2 Peter Study Chapter 1 v. 1-11

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

2 Peter Study Chapter 1 v. 1-11

Background

  • Written      by the Apostle Simon Peter. v.1
    • ca.       67-68 AD.
    • Most       likely from a Roman prison.
    • Close       to the time he was martyred.
  • Reason      for the letter.
    • To       warn believers of false teachers.
    • As a       reminder to stay true to the faith.

Exhortation to the Readers

  • Their      faith is the same as the apostles. v.1
    • The       faith comes from God.
    • The       knowledge of God and Jesus will bring grace and peace. v.2
  • God’s      divine power has given us everything. v.3
    • For       life.
    • For       godliness.
    • Through       our true knowledge of God.
    • To       those who were called by God.
  • God      has also given us precious and magnificent promises. v.4    Php. 3:7-14
    • So       we can be conformed to God’s image.
    • To       escape the corruption of this world.
    • Be       partakers of eternal life.

The Ladder or Progression to Spiritual Maturity

  • Diligence      in faith leads to moral excellence. v.5
  • Moral      excellence leads to knowledge.
  • Knowledge      leads to self-control. v.6
  • Self-control      leads to perseverance.
  • Perseverance      leads to godliness.
  • Godliness      leads to brotherly kindness. v.7
  • Brotherly      kindness leads to love.
    • This       love is agape love or God’s love.
    • Most       important of the new commandments.
      • Mat.22:36-40, 2 Jn. 1:4-6 1        Jn.4:7-9, 1 Cor. 12:13
  • Believers      should possess these qualities. v.8
    • Compare       these passages to the fruit of the Spirit, and the deeds of the flesh.
      • Gal. 5:16-25
    • The       qualities should be increasing as you mature.
    • With       them you will be useful and fruitful.
      • In        your knowledge.
      • This        knowledge will bring wisdom.
        • Wisdom         is the godly application of knowledge.
  • In      contrast – To those who lack these qualities. v.9
    • Are       blind.
    • Are       short sighted.
    • Are       forgetful of their conversion.
      • Were        they really sincere in their confession of faith?
  • The      reason to remember. v. 10-11
    • Be       diligent of the certainty of your calling. v.10
      • Examine        yourself.  2 Cor. 13:5
    • Practice       these qualities.
      • Continue        to strive toward spiritual maturity.
    • So       the entrance to heaven will be supplied abundantly to you. v.11
      • Mat.7:13

2 Peter Study Chapter 1 v. 1-11 Questions

1. What is a bond servant?

2. Who is Peter writing this letter to?

3. How do you get everything pertaining to life and godliness?

4. What do God’s promises lead to?

5. What is the ladder to spiritual maturity?

6. What is the end result of spiritual maturity?

7. How does Peter describe someone who lacks spiritual maturity?

8. Is it important to be sure of your salvation?

9. Why is it important?



2012
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

2 Peter Study Chapter 2 v. 1-9

A Portrait of a False Prophet or Teacher

  • They      will arise then and now. v.1
    • Jer. 23:32, Eze. 13:9, Mat. 7:15, 24:24, 2 Cor. 11:13, 1 Jn. 4:1
  • They      introduce destructive heresies. v.1
    • Doctrinal       errors.
    • Denial       of the truths about Jesus Christ.
  • Their      destruction will be swift. v.1
    • Two       thoughts.
      • Their        physical death.
      • Their        final judgement.
  • They      will deceive many with their teaching. v.2
    • Men       will be drawn to them.
      • By        their charisma.
      • By        their promises.
        • Health         wealth and prosperity.
        • No         pain, no cost religion.
    • True       Christianity will be discredited by their actions.
    • Their       words are based on personal gain. v.3
      • Greed,        desire for wealth and power.
      • Exploitation        of the weak.

Proofs of God’s Judgement of Sin and Protection of His Own

  • God’s      judgement of false prophets and teachers is certain. v.3
    • God       is unchanged from OT times.
    • Peter       personified that their judgement is not asleep.
      • God        awaits His proper time for judgement.
  • God      imprisoned the fallen angels from Gen.      6 for their sin. v.4
    • In       Tartarus (Greek for deepest hell).
    • They       are awaiting their final sentence.
      • The        Lake of Fire.
  • God      spared Noah and his family. v.5
    • Noah       – a preacher of righteousness.
      • The        only one in the world.
    • God       destroyed the rest of the world by flood.
  • God      destroyed Sodom      and Gomorrah.      v.6    Gen. 18:20-19:29
    • As       an example to wicked men.
  • God      rescued righteous Lot. v.7
    • Lot’s spirit was tormented by the evil around him. v.7-8
      • Even        though he wanted to live in Sodom.
      • By        godly conviction.
  • God      knows how to rescue godly men from temptation. v.9
    • By       the indwelling Holy Spirit.
  • God      also knows how to punish the ungodly. v.9
    • In       Hell to await the great white throne judgement. Rev. 20:11-15

2 Peter Study Chapter 2 v. 1-9 Questions

1. Where do false prophets come from?

2. What did Peter mean by destructive heresies?

3. What are some examples of false prophets?

4. Who do false prophets follow and what is their goal?

5. Why did Peter write about ancient events illustrating God’s judgement?

6. Is Noah an example of a true prophet?

7. What was God’s purpose for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah?

8. Why did Peter call Lot righteous?

9. How does God rescue His own from trials, considering He uses trials to strengthen our faith?

10. Where are the unrighteous kept for judgement?

1 Peter Study Chapter 5 v. 1-14

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

1 Peter Study Chapter 5 v. 1-14

 

Exhortation to Elders

  • Peter      appealed to the church elders as both an elder and an apostle. v.1
    • He       spoke with God given authority.
    • He       had firsthand knowledge of the suffering of Jesus Christ.
  • Elders.      v.1    1 Tim. 3:1-7, Ti. 1:5-16
    • Mature       Christian men.
    • Leaders,       shepherds of people.
    • The       local church should have multiple elders.
  • During      times of persecution elders have a greater responsibility.
    • Shepherd       the flock. v.2   Jn. 21:15-17
      • With        proper motives.
        • Voluntarily
        • According         to God’s will.
        • Not         for greedy financial gain.
        • With         eagerness.
        • Not         as a tyrant. v.3
        • Lead         by example.
    • At       the second coming of Christ you will be rewarded. v.4
      • An        unfading crown of glory.
      • To        be presented in heaven.

Instructions to Younger Men

  • Submit      to the elders in the church. v.5
    • It       is the will of God.
    • They       possess the wisdom of spiritual maturity.
    • They       are responsible for your souls. Heb       13:17
  • Be      humble toward others.
    • God       opposes the proud. Pr. 3:34, Jas.       4:6
    • He       gives grace to the humble.

Warnings to the Humble

  • Obey      God with a spirit of humility. v.6
    • Your       reward will come.
  • Do not      worry. v.7
    • Cast       all your cares on God.
      • God        cares for His children.
  • Be on      the alert. v.8
    • Satan       is here on earth and active. Job       1:7
      • He        is your adversary.
      • He        is like a roaring lion seeking prey.
      • He        is patient
      • He        wants to kill you.
    • Resist       Satan. v.9   Jas 1:9, Jud. 1:9
      • Be        firm in your faith.
      • Your        brothers are experiencing the same attacks.
        • You         are not alone.
        • All         Christians share in this persecution.
      • This        suffering is only for a little while. v.10
        • Earth         is not the real home of a believer.
        • We         are here only temporarily.
        • Better         things are ahead in heaven.
          • Perfection          (full maturity)
          • Confirmation
          • Strengthened
          • Established.
        • We         will become what God originally intended.

In Closing

  • Silvanus      was Peter’s scribe and also faithful brother. v.12
  • This      letter is brief about the true grace of God.
    • To       exhort.
    • To       testify
  • Stand      firm in God’s grace.
  • Personal      greetings v.13
    • Peter       sends greetings from the church in Rome       (Babylon).       v. 13
    • Also       from Mark.
      • John        Mark of the Gospel account of Mark.
  • Pass      on these greetings with a holy kiss. v.14
  • Peter prays      for peace to his readers.
    • The       persecuted 1st century church.
    • The       church today.

1 Peter Study Chapter 5 v. 1-14 Questions

1. How did Peter have the authority to speak to the church?

2. What responsibilities do elders have?

3. What reward is there for a faithful elder when he gets to heaven?

4. Why should younger men submit to the elders of the church?

5. What type of attitude should a Christian possess?

6. Is it proper to worry?

7. What are some of the characteristics of Satan?

8. How could suffering be of little consequence?

9. What is Peter encouraging us to do with the words he received from God?

10. Where is “Babylon” that Peter refers to in verse 13?

11. Who is “she” also in verse 13?

1 Peter 4:12-19

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

1 Peter Study Chapter 4 v. 12-19

Suffer along with Jesus

  • Do not let trials surprise you. v.12
    • They are for testing.
    • They are from God.
  • The closer you are to Jesus the more you will suffer. v.13
    • You will rejoice in the end in heaven.
  • You should suffer as a Christian v.14
    • You are blessed in the trial.
    • You have the Holy Spirit living on the inside.
      • Jn. 14:26
  • Do not bring suffering upon yourself because of your own sin. v.15
    • Do what is right.
    • Be obedient to the Word of God.
  • Christian suffering glorifies God. v.16
    • It brings no shame.
  • Judgement must come to the Church first. v.17
    • A refining and purging of our fleshly nature.
    • Not as condemnation.
  • Unbelievers will be judged. v.17-18     2 Thes. 1:4-10
    • V.18 – Pro. 11:31
  • God is faithful. v.19
    • Christians entrust their souls to God. Ps. 9:10, 56:11, Is. 12:2
    • He always does what is right. Ro. 8:28-31, Jer. 29:11, Gen. 18:25

1 Peter Study Chapter 4 v. 12-19 Questions

1. What is the purpose of trials?

2. Why did Peter use the term “fiery” when he wrote about trials?

3. What did Peter mean when he wrote that trials were not some strange thing happening to you?

4. What does the Spirit of glory refer to?

5. Does suffering for wrongdoing have any spiritual benefit to a Christian?

6. Why should judgement begin with the church?

7. Why is it difficult for the righteous to be saved?

8. What does it mean to entrust your souls to your creator?

1 Peter Study Chapter 4 v. 1-11

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

1 Peter Study Chapter 4 v.  1-11

Today is the Day

  • Since      Jesus suffered, prepare also to suffer. v.1
    • Arm       yourself with the mind of Christ.
    • He       suffered without giving way to sin.
      • You        should do this also.
  • The      worst persecution that could happen is death. v.2
    • Death       for a Christian completes the removal of sin.
      • Heaven        is the true home of a child of God.
  • Before      conversion you lived in the flesh. v.3
    • That       was time enough to act as a Gentile.
    • Now       is the time for change.
      • Do        not practice sinful behavior.
      • Live        in the Spirit.
  • Your      old friends will be confused. v.4
    • You       no longer do what you used to do.
      • Sensuality,        lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable        idolatries.
    • They       will persecute you.
    • They       will give account to God in the end. v.5
  • The      gospel has been preached so that we can escape judgement. v.6
    • There       is no excuse for anyone.
      • All        will have heard the Gospel.
        • During         their lifetimes.
      • Live        in the Spirit according to God’s will.

Jesus Return is Imminent

  • There      is no time to get it right. v.7
  • Six      recommendations. v.7-11
    • Use       sound judgement. v.7
    • A       sober spirit for prayer.
    • Love       one another. v.8
      • Covers        sin.
    • Show       hospitality. v.9
      • No        complaints.
    • Use       your spiritual gifts. v.10
      • For        service to God.
    • Speak       the Word of God. v.11
      • So        God may be glorified through Jesus.

1 Peter Study Chapter 4 v.1-11 Questions

1. How should we as Christians live?

2. Have we had enough opportunity to indulge in worldly activities before we were saved?

3. What will your old group of friends think of you after you are saved?

4. Will all have heard the Gospel?

5. When will the end be?

6. What does Peter write is most important for the believer?

7. What is the purpose of spiritual gifts?