How to Study the Bible
Peter's introduction to the subject
Read: 2 Peter 1:1-21
- Who was the author of this letter?
- Who was the letter written to?
- What does the author know about himself that makes him feel an urgency to write?
- Is the writer telling his readers things that they have never heard before?
- Did the author say that God has told us everything that we want to know?
- In what areas has God provided all of the information that we need to know?
- Who does the Bible teach us about?
- What is the goal of serving God?
- If everyone was trying to add the things mentioned in verses 5-7 to their lives, how would that affect your: workplace, family life, community, church?
- What do we tend to forget about our past life? What problems does this cause?
- When Peter tells us about Jesus, what makes him someone worth listening to?
- What is the author's attitude about the Jewish prophets? How relevant does he consider their message to be to the people the letter is written to?
- Who is the source of prophecy?
Read: 2 Peter 2:1-22
- Is everyone in the church a reliable source of information?
- Does a false teacher try to make people aware of what he is doing?
- What is the character of the false teachers?
- What will be the end fate of false teachers?
- Did Peter believe that Noah and Lot were actual people?
- Did Peter believe that the flood, and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah were historical events?
- What does God want us to learn from the events talked about in the Old Testament?
- Did Peter believe that Balaam was an actual person?
- From Balaam's example, does Peter want us to trust every prophet?
- Does Peter want us to imitiate the behavior of everyone in the church?
Read: 2 Peter 3:1-18
- What type of literature does Peter say that his writing is?
- What did Peter say was his purpose in writing both 2 Peter and an earlier letter?
- What was Peter's opinion of the Jewish prophets?
- Did Peter believe that the prophets could accurately tell about events in their future?
- Did Jesus give any commands to the church which apply to us?
- How did the church in the first century find out about what Jesus wanted them to do?
- Who did Peter believe created the heavens and the earth?
- In verse 7, Peter expects us to believe what God's word says about the fate of ungodly men. What evidence does he give that God will keep this promise?
- Is God's concept of time the same as ours?
- What does Peter say about the character of God?
- What is God's desire for his relationship with man?
- What will be the fate of people who live ungodly lives?
- When God reveals to us what the future will bring, what does he want that information to accomplish in our lives?
- What does Peter think about the reliability of Paul's writings?
- Is everyone interested in knowing what Peter or God is really wanting to say?
- What has Peter told his readers that they can rely on to be stable, and which will prevent false teachers from destroying their faith?
- WHO does Peter want people to focus their attention on?
Last Update: 11/03/2002
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