Sunday, May 6, 2012

Life Notes: False Teachers - Pastor Paul Reinhard

FALSE TEACHERS     2 PETER 2:1-3     5/6/2012

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:             In 2 Peter 2 the Apostle Peter puts on the gloves and comes out swinging.  He is deeply concerned for the purity of the gospel, and keenly aware that false teachers will arise to pervert the truth for which he is preparing to give his life.  For several Sunday’s we are going to look at the dire warnings Peter gives us if we stray from the truth.  Today we are going to look at an ancient pattern for staying on the right track!  Enjoy!

1.         Have you ever heard and believed a story, which turned out to be totally false?

2.         The Book of Ezra describes how he led a group of Judean exiles living in Babylon to their home city of Jerusalem (Ezra 8.2-14) where he enforced observance of the Torah and cleansed the community of mixed marriages.[2][3]  Ezra, known as "Ezra the scribe" in Chazalic literature,[4] is a highly respected figure in Judaism.[5]         [Ezra Wikipedia]
A.        Read Ezra 7:1-10.  What declaration is made concerning Ezra in verses 8-9?
B.        Ezra 7:10 gives us the reason why God was with Ezra.  Write down the three         things that Ezra did in 7:10.  Carefully consider the order they are in! 
            What   lesson can we learn and apply to our own lives?
            1.         ____________________________________________________________
            2.         ____________________________________________________________
            3,         ____________________________________________________________
3.         Read Matthew 7:24-27.  Jesus tells us a story about two people.  How are the two             people the same?  How are they different?  How does each story end? 
A.        Which parts of the Lord’s story do you identify with?  Which man was Ezra?
B.        Is there a change you need to make?
4.         This is the second Bible verse I ever memorized.  I learned it in the King James thirty-five years ago.  I have never forgotten it.  Read it aloud from each translation.  I pray that God will plant this verse deep in your soul and that it will explode in your heart!
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV)
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does
not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)
15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval.
Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed
and who correctly explains the word of truth.

Witness:          Reflect upon 1 Peter 3:15 (MSG) as you pray for your OIKOS!
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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