TEXT FOR THIS WEEK LESSON: MATHEW 17:1-5; 2 PETER 1:1-21
CENTER TRUTH: GOD CALLS AND EMPOWERS CHRISTIANS TO OVERCOME.
KEY VERSE: 2 PETER 1:3 ACCORDING AS HIS DIVINE POWER HATH GIVEN UNTO US ALL THINGS THAT PERTAIN UNTO LIFE AND GODLINESS, THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM THAT HATH CALLED US TO GLORY AND VIRTUE ( KJV).
AN EMPOWERED PEOPLE
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A few years ago, one of the buzz words in leadership books was "empowerment." The idea was that employees who are empowered to make decisions are better employees who are empowered to make decisions are better employees, feel better about themselves, and better employees, feel better about themselves, and work harder for their employer. God is far ahead of any management or leadership theory. he empowers His people with real power that cannot be challenged. You may give little thought to the battery that sits under the hood of your car. But without the energy it provides. you will find yourself walking to your destination instead of driving to it. Like wise, we need the power of God in order to follow Him everyday. Without the power God provides, our walk will become stymied. Fortunately, God does provides us with the power to live rightly, overcoming temptation and God and pursuing godliness. This week's study focuses on the power God offers His people. It also shows us how we access this power.
DIVINE POWER ( 2 PETER 1:1-4 )
Peter began his second Epistle with a bold proclamation of the gospel's blessing on all who would accept it. Peter's prayer shows his spiritual growth. Peter wrote that God provides everything necessary for a godly life through His power and our "knowledge of " the Lord. God sovereignly makes possible the miracle of salvation, and calls us to a life that reflects His goodness. Through God's "great and precious promises, " we can partake of the divine nature to become more and more like Christ. our Christian character depends on God's power, but also demands commitment from us. We must remain open to God's power in daily living, as we read, study, and apply God's Word to our lives. GOD'S POWER BRINGS SPIRITUAL GROWTH ( 2 PETER 1:5-9 ). Christians need not doubt that God saves completely or be concerned that our salvation is dependent on some future event. Christ accomplished God's plan for salvation once and for all through His death and resurrection. Yet we need to pursue the blessings that salvation makes available to us. Pursuing the qualities listed in verses 5-7 will keep us from being "ineffective and unproductive in [our] knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." Neglecting these qualities makes us unfruitful and like people who see only the sin around them, forgetting they have been cleansed from their sins.
REACT ? What role does Bible study play in the development of Christian character?
DIVINE CALLING ( 2 PETER 1:10-11 )
As we continue to grow in godly character traits, we grow in our assurance of salvation. while "blind" Christians--like those described in verse 9--risk the danger of succumbing to spiritual failure, those described in verse 10 mature in their walk with God. they can live with assurance of their relationship with God. There is common debate in the Church world today concerning the eternal security of believers. Too often, we see ourselves as tired combatants in a spiritual struggle, hoping we can survive. REMEMBER YOUR CALLING (2 PETER 1:12-15 ). Peter urged Christians toward an ever-deeper walk of faith. To "make your calling and election sure" and "give diligence point to continued development and practical expression of the Christian life. Peter had continued to be a growing Cristian. Jesus' final admonition to him had been to always love Him supremely and serve Him without distraction. This was Peter's passion. Peter's commitment to the gospel was so strong that he was ready to lay down his life in service to Christ. To the very end of his days, be determined to build up other believers in their faith. Peter's legacy, even after his death, would continue to point people to Jesus.
REACT ? What do you feel is the best way to keep yourself knowledgeable of the truth of the Bible?
DIVINE REVELATION ( MATTHEW 17:1-5 ; 2 PETER 1:16-18 ) When a building is built, great attention is given to the foundation. A solid foundation provides stability. Likewise a life built on God's Word will enjoy stability. Some mistakenly build on falsehood and sinful choices, which are often depicted as normal. But our faith does not rest on deceptive stories. Christian doctrine is drawn from the Bible, which presents God's truth passed on by people who were eyewitnesses of Jesus Christ. PROVIDES LIGHT FOR LIVING (2 PETER 1:19-21). Peter compares the Bible to a light shinning in darkness. it is foolish to ignore a well-lit path and walk in darkness. Living without the light of God's Word is also foolish. Many voices offer advice and teaching. No person cleverly created its stories and instruction. Instead, writers were inspired by God. The Bible is God's Word, and we neglect it at our own peril. Conversely, we exercise great wisdom when we give its teaching the attention it deserves.
REACT ? How can studying the Scripture empower you for service?
WHAT IS GOD SAYING TO US?
This study focuses on hope, including a sure salvation, a holy calling that gives a Christian hope, and the guidance of God's Word.
LIVING IT OUT
(1) Seek empowerment from the Holy Spirit as you approach each day.
(2) Find someone to encourage in their walk with God this week.
(3) Share your personal "eyewitness" salvation experience with an unbeliever this week.
Monday God's Power in Egypt. Exodus 9:13-17 Tuesday God's Power in the Sanctuary . Psalm 63:1-6 62:1-Wednesday God's Power in the Wilderness. Psalm 106:1-12 Thursday Power for a Paralytic Matthew 9:1-8 Friday Power on the Damascus Road. Acts 26:12- Saturday Power Given to Two Witnesses Revelation 11:3-12
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