Today Todd focused on 2 Peter 1:1-11 and encouraged us not simply to know about God but to have a true knowledge of God through a relationship with him.
- People tend toward one of two errors: 1) trying to work hard to earn God’s love (Legalism), and 2) simply believing historical facts about the story of Jesus but never actually knowing or walking with him (Licentiousness). Neither error is the gospel. Do you find yourself drift toward one of these errors? Which one, and why?
- Peter talks of another way, one with the true knowledge of God. The word he uses for true knowledge denotes a thorough experiential knowledge of something or someone. It is deeper than surface knowledge about facts, it is a knowledge that includes a relationship to the one known. How would you contrast the true knowledge of God with legalism and licentiousness? Is the true knowledge of God a reality in your life?
- Read 2 Peter 1:1-4. Who is the one bringing about godliness in the Christian’s life? How should that inform the way we read 1:5-7?
- 2 Peter 1:5 tells us to make every effort, or to be diligent in our faith. This means we deploy all of our resources to grow in intimacy with Jesus. We do not work hard at the Christian life because our hard work produces godliness, but because our efforts are relational investments that deepen our intimacy with the only one who can make us godly. What does relational diligence look like in your life? What are one or two things you can do to cultivate your affection for Jesus? Talk about these with the group then commit to hold one another accountable to practicing them.
- Peter says the one who lacks the growth described in verses 5-7 is “so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins” (1:9). How do you tend to be nearsighted and what is the natural result of forgetting God’s love for you? Why do you think it is so important to keep a perspective of grace and to consistently remember the love and forgiveness of God? What are some practical ways you can be reminded every day of God’s love?