Sunday, June 10, 2012

Life Notes: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is - Pastor Paul Reinhard

     2 PETER 3     6/9/2012

Welcome:  Spend a few minutes having a snack, meeting new people, and connecting with those in your Life Group.  Unplug from the week and prepare to engage!

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:   Peter gives us several pointed challenges in the final chapter of his second letter.  While Peter is often seen as a vigorous man of action, a careful reading of his second epistle shows him to be a powerful, profound, and insightful man of letters.  I pray that today we will allow the final challenge of Peter to encourage our discipleship journey. 

1.         How well do you follow directions?

2.         Let’s dig into several of the key thoughts of 2 Peter 3:

A.        How well does verse three fit into our current American situation?  How does it    connect with…



            Politics and the Judiciary

B.        Consider verse five and the commitment our schools have to teaching evolution?
Discuss this thought:  “If there is no creator then there is no creation.  If there is only evolution then we are free to go our own way, and nobody has the right to tell us what to do.  However, if there is a creator, of the creation, then they have the owner’s right to make the rules and tell us what to do!”

C.        Verse nine tells us the desire of God’s heart.  Why is God giving the world so much time?  What is the desire of God’s heart?  Is the desire of God’s heart a priority to us?

D.        Read verses ten to thirteen.  What does verse eleven challenge us to?  Why?

E.         What would it look like for you to live a life that is peaceful, pure, and blameless?             Verse fourteen.

F.         Peter brings us back to his key point one last time!  Read verse fifteen.  Why is God being patient?  What is it that God wants?  If God has the entire cosmos on hold so that people can be saved…  What is our main job as Christians?

3.         Turn Romans 10:13-14 into a closing prayer for you and your Life Group.

Romans 10:13-15 (NLT)
13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”
14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him?
And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?
And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?
That is why the Scriptures say,
“How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

Witness:          How does today’s topic apply to your OIKOS?




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