Looking Forward


Looking Forward – Part 9: Patience Means Salvation – Part 2

Pastor Jim Mailloux

2 Peter 3:13-18

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Go Deeper Questions:

  1. Which verses in 2 Peter have been the most meaningful to you? Why?
  2. Read 2 Peter 3:14. As Christians, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth. What are you looking forward to regarding heaven? How often do you think about going to heaven?
  3. Read 2 Peter 3:14; Philippians 2:12. These verses tell us to “make every effort…” and to “work out your salvation”. What role does your effort play in making you holy and spotless? What are we “doing” to make an effort; what are we working out (surrender, self-discipline, etc.)?
  4. Read 2 Peter 3:9,15. How does God’s patience mean salvation? What is the implication for the non-believer and the believer?
  5. Read 2 Peter 3:15-16. Why is it important that the Apostle Peter gave support to Paul’s writings in the New Testament?
  6. Read 2 Peter 3:17. What false teaching have you been tempted to believe? How did you determine it was false?
  7. Spend time in prayer, thanking God for His Word and the promised return of Christ.

Looking Forward – Part 9: Patience Means Salvation

Pastor Jim Mailloux
2 Peter 3:13-18

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Go Deeper Questions

  1. Read 2 Peter 3:13. What gives us confidence in someone’s promises? Give personal examples of people you trust because they fulfill their promises. Is there sufficient evidence for us to count on God’s promises?
  2. The Bible is full of promises that God has made. Name 3 promises that have been fulfilled. Find the scriptures that give the promise and the fulfillment.
  3. Which promises made by God have yet to be fulfilled? Name 3 with scripture references. What are some signs that God is getting ready to fulfill more promises?
  4. Give examples of God’s fulfilled promises in your life, with any relevant scriptures.
    Read Isaiah 65:17-25; Revelation 21:1-8. Which aspects of the new heaven and new earth do you look forward to the most?
  5. How does having something to look forward to help a person deal with their current circumstances? Give scriptural examples of characters in the Bible and personal examples from your life.

Looking Forward – Part 8: What Kind of People

Pastor Jim Mailloux
2 Peter 3:11-13

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Go Deeper Questions

  1. Read 2 Peter 3:10-12. How does your knowledge of end times events affect your day to day decisions?
  2. Read 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:9. Pastor Jim presented the timeline of end times events as Rapture —> 7 year Tribulation —> Millennial Reign of Christ. Some Bible scholars say there is no Rapture of the Church. Others say the Rapture occurs in the middle or end of the Tribulation. How would a different timeline of events affect your behavior today?
  3. Read Isaiah 13:6-13; Joel 2:30-32; Zephaniah 1:14-18. What are some common descriptions of the Day of the Lord in these passages?
  4. Read 2 Peter 3:11; 1 Peter 1:13-16; Titus 2:12-15. What does it mean to you to “live holy and godly lives”? Give practical examples.

Looking Forward – Part 7: In God’s Plan

Elder Jeff Stachofsky

2 Peter 3:8-10

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Looking Forward – Part 6: By God’s Word

Pastor Jim Mailloux
2 Peter 3: 1-7

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Go Deeper Questions

  1. Read 2 Peter 3:1-2. Peter said that reminders are important. Why is it important to regularly read the old and New Testaments?
  2. Read 2 Peter 3:3-4. Have you ever wondered why the Lord has not returned yet? Have you ever questioned or doubted? Most of us have. Share your stories.
  3. Read 2 Peter 3:5-7. How does the knowledge that God, by His word alone, sustains and preserves the world assure you that God’s timing is perfect?
  4. Read 2 Peter 3:5-6; Genesis 1:1-2, 6-9; Psalms 24:1-2; Psalms 136:5-6. The Bible talks a lot about the flood. How do these scriptures help you understand how the flood happened? Why do you think the Bible has many reminders that the flood happened?
  5. Read 2 Peter 3:7, 10, 12. How does the knowledge of the coming judgment by fire encourage you to be ready? What changes must you make?

Looking Forward – Part 5: Instinct

Pastor Jim Mailloux
2 Peter 2:10-22

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Go Deeper Questions

  1. Read 2 Peter 2:10; Romans 13:12-14. Why does the Bible spend a lot of time encouraging Christians to not live according to the sinful nature?
  2. Why is respect for God’s authority vital to the Christian life?
  3. Read Ephesians 6:12-13. What experiences have you had to remind you that we are involved in a spiritual battle?
  4. What false teaching have you heard or read? How did you determine it was false teaching?
  5. Read Jude 20-21. The best way to determine false teaching is to know the Word. What are you regularly doing to spend time in the Word?

Looking Forward – Part 4: The Lord Knows – Part 2

Pastor Jim Mailloux
2 Peter 2:4-9

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Go Deeper Questions

  1. Read Genesis 6. What stood out to you that you hadn’t read before?
  2. Read Genesis 19:1-26. Contrast God’s view of wickedness to Lot’s view of wickedness and the view of our society today.
  3. Read 2 Peter 2:7-8. In what way was Lot righteous? Did Lot still sin? Give an example.
  4. Read 2 Peter 2:9. This verse gives two promises. How do these promises give hope to the Christian?

Looking Forward – Part 4: The Lord Knows

Pastor Jim Mailloux
2 Peter 2:1-4

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Go Deeper Questions

  1. Read 2 Peter 2:1-3. Out of all the things that Peter could talk about at the end of his life, why is a warning about false teachers important?
  2. Name some examples of false teaching that you have heard? Be sure to name the teaching that is false and not just criticize a ministry over style or methods.
  3. Read Jude 1-24. What parallels do you see between Jude and 2 Peter 2?
  4. Read 2 Peter 2:2-3; 1 Timothy 6:3-5; Titus 1:11; Romans 16:17-18. How are people exploited by the made up stories of false teachers?
  5. What hope is found in 2 Peter 2:1-4?

Looking Forward – Part 3: Firmly Established

Pastor Jim Mailloux
2 Peter 1:16-21

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Go Deeper Questions

  1. Read 2 Peter 1:16. How does Peter’s eyewitness testimony lend credibility to his message?
  2. Discuss what Peter, James and John must have thought and experienced in Mark 9:2-8. How did this event likely impact their ministries?
  3. Read 2 Peter 1:19a; 1 Peter 1:10-12; Hebrews 11:39-40. How is “the word of the prophets made more certain”?
  4. Read 2 Peter 1:19b; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Revelation 22:16; I Thessalonians 5:4-11. Compare light and darkness, especially as it relates to Christ and sin and you.
  5. Read 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16. Why is the inspiration and authority of the Bible so important?

Looking Forward – Part 2: Plan Ahead

Pastor Jim Mailloux
2 Peter 1:5-15

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Go Deeper Questions

  1. Read 2 Peter 1:5. How does my effort to grow as a Christian cooperate with God’s work for my growth? How important is my effort in the process of spiritual growth?
  2. Read 2 peter 1:5-7. Which of these qualities has been most valuable in your Christian life?
  3. Which of these qualities have been the most difficult to add to your faith?
  4. Read 2 Peter 1:9. How does remembering that your sins are forgiven help you to add these qualities to your life?
  5. Read 2 Peter 1:8,10-11. Why is it important to “possess these qualities in increasing measure”?

Looking Forward – Part 1: Divine Power

Pastor Jim Mailloux
2 Peter 1:1-4

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Go Deeper Questions

  1. In what ways is 60 A.D. similar to 2015?  In what ways is it different?  Is it reasonable to expect that we may see the same level of Christian persecution in our day?  Give current examples.  Are there any Bible verses that tell us to expect persecution?
  2. Peter called himself a “servant and apostle of Jesus Christ”.  He was a servant first, then an apostle.  How would you describe yourself using your own ministry title (“servant and <ministry title>”)?  Why is it sometimes difficult to view ourselves as slaves of Jesus Christ?
  3. In 2 Peter 1:1-2, Peter equates Jesus and God, thus asserting the deity of Jesus Christ.  Why is this such an important doctrine?  What other verses of Scripture declare the deity of Christ?
  4. In 2 Peter 1:3, Peter uses the words “divine power” to describe the power of Christ to help us live a godly life.  The literal translation is “God dynamite”.  In what ways does the power of Christ help you to live a godly life?
  5. Read 2 Peter 1:4.  Contrast the “divine nature” with “the corruption in the world caused by evil desires”.  Give examples.