2 Peter Series - Part 1
“The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came...Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory.”
“Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.”
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Questions for the Heart
- Would you say that you are spiritually mature? What do you think that means? What would be the difference between maturity and immaturity? Is it possible to be spiritually mature?
- What do you think is the primary blockade to you growing spiritually? Is that a new ‘block’ to Christians today or has it always been there? What can you do to get past it?
- Do you feel like the power of sin is just too much for you? Do you feel like it’s not worth the fight? Do you tend to wallow in your sin and just leave it there because ‘some sin is going to be in there anyway.’
Questions for the
- READ: Heb 6:1; Heb 5:14; Eph 4:11-15;
1:24-29; 1 Cor 14:20; Phil 3:7-17; Col 4:12; Lk -15 – What is the obvious correlation between these verses? Now, do you believe ‘spiritual maturity’ is possible? What do you think the Bible defines as spiritual maturity? How do you get there? Col
- READ: Rom 5:1-11, 20; -23; -25; 8:1-14 – What is Paul talking about? Do you see this struggle-pattern in your life? What part is God’s? What part is yours? Because of what God has done, we are free to do some things too. What are those?
- READ: 2 Peter 1:10b; Eccl 7:20; Lev 4:13; Mt 18:7; Rom 6:15; 1 Jn 1:10; 1 Jn 3:6-9; 1 Tim 5:20; Heb 10:26; Jn 5:14; 1 Cor 15:34; 1 Jn 5:18; Rom 3:23; 1 Jn 2:1; Lk 5:24; Jn 8:34; Acts 3:19; Rom 4:8; 8:1; 2 Cor 5:21; James 1:13-15; 5:16; 1 Jn 1:9; Jn 8:24; Acts 10:43 – What are we to think about all this talk about sin? Do true believers sin? How can it be said that we do sin, but we aren’t supposed to sin? How much ‘sin’ is ‘too much sin?’ Is it possible to live a relative ‘sinless’ life? What is expected of us? How do we live beyond merely ‘sin management’ yet still honor God with our lives?
- Evaluate your spiritual life viciously and make a list of all the sins that you are currently struggling with. Next to them jot down a possible ‘cure’ while realizing that ultimately God will do the heavy lifting in freeing you from that sin.