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Testament and Testimony

Testament and Testimony

2 Peter 1:12-21

12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

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Application

  • What was your main takeaway from the sermon?
  • Did the Holy Spirit lead you into any situations this week where you had an opportunity to put your takeaway(s) into practice?
  • What impact did those opportunities have on you spiritually?

Discussion Questions:

  • How might the idea of a dying man offering his final instructions influence the way in which you read and receive this teaching?
  • In this passage, we are told about a ministry of reminding. Cory emphasized that “remembering” in the Bible is more about action than just addressing our forgetfulness. How can remembering help you live out your faith?
  • What are some activities that can help ‘remind you’ of the implications of the gospel?
  • Peter seems to be encouraging believers to let their faith show up in the way they live. Do you agree? What are some specific ways in which you are being encouraged to live out your faith?
  • The return of Christ will be a day of judgement/reward. The Bible consistently teaches that His return should motivate us to live out our faith. Why is Peter so confident that Jesus will return in majesty?
  • We are told to pay attention to the prophetic message of Scripture. What habits can you develop that would make you more attentive?
  • In the background of our text is false teaching and false teachers. How can you grow more discerning of their destructive teachings?