Category Archives: 2 Peter

Week 11 – 2 Peter 3:11-18

In reaching Week 11 we reach the end of our study, covering 2 Peter 3:11-18. Peter concludes his discussion of eschatology by calling believers to live lives of holiness and godliness as they wait for and hasten the day of God (3:11-13). Our hope as believers rests in the promise of a new heavens and new earth in which righteousness dwells.

The final paragraph (3:14-18) draws the letter to a close by exhorting believers to diligently pursue spiritual growth. They must be on guard against false teachers distorting the Scriptures (including Paul’s letters).

Want to learn more? You can listen to the audio below and follow along with the handout.

Week 11 – 2 Peter 3,11-18 (Handout)

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Week 10 – 2 Peter 3:1-10

As we come to 2 Peter 3:1-10, we finally discover a specific doctrine of the false teachers. They scoffed at the notion of Christ’s return, arguing that since the days of the patriarchs creation has continued along without any significant divine intervention in the world. In response Peter points to the cataclysmic judgment that God brought on the world through the flood. In a similar way he will bring judgment on this world, only this time through fire.

Peter encourages believers to remember that God’s timetable is not the same as ours. What seems like God’s slowness is in fact patience waiting for people to repent. But rest assured, Peter warns, the Day of the Lord will come like a thief, and along with it a fiery end to this present world.

Want to hear more? You can listen to the audio below and follow along with the handout:

Week 10 – 2 Peter 3,1-10 (Handout)

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Week 8 – 2 Peter 2:10b-16

Although my original intent was to work through 2:10b-22, our discussion was so lively and wide-ranging that we decided to leave 2:17-22 for next week. In the course of exploring the false teachers, we discussed demonic activity, homosexuality, Greco-Roman banquets, and talking donkeys.

Want to hear more? You can listen to the audio and follow along with the audio below:

Week 8 – 2 Peter 2,10b-22 (Handout)

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Week 7 – 2 Peter 2:1-10a

With the truthfulness of the gospel established on eyewitness testimony of the apostles (1:16-18) and the OT Scriptures (1:19-21), Peter now moves to warn about the false teachers who threaten the church (2:1-10a).

Just as Israel had to deal with false prophets, so too the church must contend with false teachers who deny Christ through their sexual immorality and greed (2:1-3a). Peter assures his readers that the false teachers face certain judgment from God (2:3b-10a). Since God did not spare angels, the ancient world, or Sodom & Gomorrah but preserved righteous Noah and Lot, he knows how to rescue the godly from trials and punish the wicked.

Want to hear more? You can listen to the audio and follow along with the handout below:

Week 7 – 2 Peter 2,1-10a (Handout)

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Week 6 – 2 Peter 1:12-21

This section of 2 Peter includes the final paragraph of the letter opening (1;12-15) and the first section of the main letter body (1:16-21).

In 1:12-15 states his reason for writing: to leave behind a permanent reminder of the true apostolic gospel. His impending death makes it crucial that this letter serves to stir up his readers to remain faithful to the truth long after he is gone.

The opening paragraph of the letter body (1:16-21) asserts the validity of the apostolic gospel. Peter uses two witnesses (cp. Deut ): the eyewitness testimony of the apostles (1:16-18) and the OT (1:19-21). Together these two witnesses confirm the truthfulness of the gospel.

Want to learn more? You can listen to the audio and follow along with the handout below:

Week 6 – 2 Peter 1,12-21 (Handout)

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Week 5 – 2 Peter 1:3-11

As we move past the greeting in 2 Peter 1:1-2, the apostle reminds believers that God has given us EVERYTHING we need for life and godliness. Through God’s promises we are empowered to intentionally pursue growth in godliness because we have become partakers of the divine nature. By growing in godliness we confirm our status as God’s chosen people as we await the consummation of God/s kingdom.

Want to hear more? You can listen to the audio and follow along with the handout below:

Week 5 – 2 Peter 1,3-11 (Handout)

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Week 4 – 2 Peter 1,1-2

*Due to technical difficulties this has been posted a week late. Sorry!

2 Peter is one of the most neglected NT books. Writing from death row in Rome in the mid-60s, Peter writes to remind his readers to persevere in the true gospel and intentionally pursue growth in godliness in the face of false teaching.

Want to hear more about Peter and the background of this letter. You can listen below and follow along with the handout.

Week 4 – 2 Peter 1,1-2 (Handout)

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Week 1: Jude 1-4

Jude is one of the most neglected books in the NT. Whether because of its size or some of the unusual material within it, many in the church either ignore it or know little about it. Yet Jude’s warning about false teaching and the call to persevere in the true gospel desperately need to be heard in today’s church.

This past Sunday┬áI began a 12 week class on Jude and 2 Peter at my church (Christ’s Covenant Church). Our first session covered the introduction to Jude and the first four verses. You can listen to the audio below and follow along with the provided handout.

P.S. Teaching through Jude and 2 Peter is an outflow of a short commentary on these two letters that I am writing for Crossway in the ESV Bible Expositional Commentary series.

Weeek 1 – Jude 1-4 (Handout)

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