Sunday, April 29, 2012

Life Notes: Would You Remind Me

WOULD YOU REMIND ME?     2 PETER 1:12-2     4/15/2012

Worship:  Connect with God through songs, prayers, and creative arts.  Invite the Holy Spirit to move and minister in your group!  Be open to God’s leading and presence!  Enjoy this time with God and one another.

Word:             On Sunday we heard Peter teach about remembering, about his spiritual experience with God, and about the power in the message of the prophets.  Today in Life Group we are going to apply these things to our lives.  Listen carefully to what your brothers and sister have to share.  Respond as God leads you!

1.         Have you ever forgotten something important and then remembered it at the last   minute?

2.         Read 2 Peter 1:12-13. 

A.        Do you remember any of the special things you learned as a baby Christian?           What were they?

B.        What “old things” do you think God would like to remind you of today?

C.        Are you “standing firm” in the “truth you have been taught?”  Are there things      you know, and once did, that your don’t do as well as you did before? 
            What changed?

D.        If you are a parent, teacher, leader, mentor, or friend… 
            What should you be reminding people of?

3.         Read 2 Peter 1:16-19.  Peter had an amazing experience on the “Mt. of Transfiguration.”  Peter says that, “Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets.”

A.        Have you had supernatural experiences with God.  Are there any you feel led to share.  Often times, these experiences are special and holy.  Only share what God leads you to share.  Don’t share to brag, or to boast.  Share only to give your brothers and sisters “greater confidence” in trusting the revealed truth of the scriptures.

4.         Read verse 19 again.  Do you have a plan for reading the scriptures.  How does Peter describe the words of scripture?  Who will the scriptures lead us to?

5.         Read 2 Peter 2:20-21.  God used people to write the scriptures.  Who was really speaking, and how did the humans get the message?

Thought:  If you have never read the New Testament, I would begin with Matthew and continue through Revelations.  Set a goal of one, two, or three chapters a day.  Use a modern translation you can understand.  Enjoy the parts you understand.  Do not worry about the parts you do not understand.  Talk to your Mentor or Life Group about what you are learning, and what you do not understand.  If you would like to dig deeper, or get some help with tricky passages, give me a call.  There are great free online resources.  We can help you find the good stuff.                     Blessings, PPP

Witness:          1 Peter 3:15 (MSG)
15 Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ,
your Master.  Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you're living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy.




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