THE WAY TO END WELL
2 Peter 3:14-18
Series: End Game – Becoming Future Ready

Being future ready believers means we are able to face the Lord with confidence when He returns, joyful that He has come to vindicate us. How can we remain in the faith to the very end?

Discussion Guide

1) Be determined to live right before God (14-15a)

In verse 14, believers are exhorted to “make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace” with God. Making effort here refers to a ‘determined’ effort and not a ‘casual’ effort. Reflect on the choices, decisions and actions in your life. How does being determined to live right before God in your own personal life look like? Being determined to live right does not mean that salvation is based on our own effort to be good in order to be saved. It means we are intentional to respond to God’s grace to us by being above reproach in our conduct. What is one area that the Spirit may be prompting you to consider your ethics? What are the challenges you face? Who can you approach for advice? How can you rely on the Spirit’s empowerment to resolve your dilemmas? What are other steps you can take to be more intentional to live right before God? How can the Life Group play a role?

2) Be on guard against false teaching (15b-17)

False teachings are rarely a blatant lie, it is often a mixture of truth and lie. What are some false teachings you have encountered? How can you tell what is true and false? What do you think are some ways that believers can guard themselves against false teachings? We develop our ability to discern truth and false by cultivating a biblical worldview through the understanding of Scripture. Reading the Bible thoroughly from cover to cover is one way to know God’s Word more. Have you read the Bible from cover to cover before? If not, would you consider to start doing it? Why? Read 2 Timothy 4:3, the Bible warned believers about being a selective hearer of God’s Word. Are there some biblical truths that you find yourself particularly receptive and open to? Are there also some biblical truths that you find yourself ignoring or paying less attention to? How can the Life Group work together to avoid becoming selective hearers and instead, embrace the totality of God’s truth? Another way to cultivate a biblical worldview is to not just read but also study the Bible. Grow season 3 is here. Is there a class you can attend to go deeper into the Word?

3) Be committed to keep growing in the Lord (18)

The risk of being a stagnant believer is the tendency to fall. Backsliding doesn’t happen overnight but takes time and often happens without our realisation. What do you think are some signs of someone drifting away from God? What may be some contributing factors? Take some time to reflect on your spiritual life, describe your hunger for spiritual growth from a scale of 0 to 10 (10 being very hungry). Explain why. We can look at growth in 2 areas – our being (worldview and character) as well as our doing (ministry or service). What are some steps you can take to be more intentional to grow in these 2 areas? Our relationship with God is vital to our being and doing. How can we prioritise our relationship with God in the midst of many other things that are calling for our attention? How can the Life Group play a role?

Reflection questions

1) Be determined to live right before God (14-15a)

Reflect on the choices, decisions and actions in your life. How does being determined to live right before God in your own personal life look like?

2) Be on guard against false teaching (15b-17)

How can you tell what is true and false? What do you think are some ways that believers can guard themselves against false teachings?

3) Be committed to keep growing in the Lord (18)

We can look at growth in 2 areas – our being (worldview and character) as well as our doing (ministry or service). What are some steps you can take to be more intentional to grow in these 2 areas? Our relationship with God is vital to our being and doing. How can we prioritise our relationship with God in the midst of many other things that are calling for our attention?

THE IMPACT OF HIS FUTURE ON OUR PRESENT
Text: 2 Peter 3:11-13
Series: Endgame – Becoming Future Ready

We know the endgame that is Christ’s return, so how should we conduct ourselves until it happens? Some may be obsessed with knowing when the world will end because they want to be prepared. Yet Jesus is clear that the time is unknown though He will certainly come. How then can we as believers be prepared?

Discussion Guide

1) We live in expectation of His coming (11-12)

What do you do when you’re expecting something, like a baby, promotion or good results? How is it similar to how you would prepare for Christ’s return? What does Christ’s second coming mean to you? Do you look forward to it, and why? What does our anticipation (or lack of it) for Christ’s return say about our attachment to the world? How does Christ’s return affect your desire to live holy and godly lives? When you think about holiness, what comes to mind? In the Bible, holiness means that we as God’s people are set apart for God for His purpose and to reflect His character. This includes being upright in our ethics, for God possesses superior moral qualities. How does holy living look like in our workplace, school or home, especially when the majority culture adheres to different values? How is it different from the licentious lifestyles of some who do not know God? What struggles do Christians normally face in holy living? Godly living is living in a way that acknowledges the God we worship and fulfils His expectations of His people. How can we demonstrate our devotion to God in our dealings with people, career, money etc? Why is it important to not just do the right thing but to do it out of a heart of devotion to God? How can we grow in our understanding of what God expects of us? What usually hinders Christians from godly living? In light of Christ’s return, how can the Life Group encourage one another in holy and godly living?

2) We live in hope of His promised new world (13)

We have all faced hurts and disappointment in our lives. How do we view these scars? When we face other tough times, how do we usually deal with it? Meanwhile, there are others who seem to be carefree and unaffected by troubles. Why do you think they behave this way? How do you think they view the world? Should we emulate their worldview? Why? Peter urges believers to “look forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” How does this encourage those of us who are going through difficult times in this world? What does this tell us about hope? How is hope different from wishful thinking? By looking at the things/areas that we have invested our resources and energy in, it is easy to spot what some of us may have placed our hope in (e.g. wealth, achievements, social status etc). Take some time to consider these things and evaluate them side by side with the promised new world. Which is more permanent? Which is more secure? Why? Why can we be certain that the righteous new order will definitely come to pass? In other words, how do we know that God will keep the promise of ushering in the new world? Instead of placing our hope in things of this world, how can we place our hope in God who keeps His word? How can the Life Group spur one another on to look forward to the new world?

Reflection Questions

1) We live in expectation of His coming (11-12)

What does Christ’s second coming mean to you? Do you look forward to it, and why? How does Christ’s return affect your desire to live holy and godly lives?

2) We live in hope of His promised new world (13)

How do we know that God will keep His promise of ushering in the new world? How does this encourage those of us who are going through difficult times in this world? Instead of placing our hope in things of this world, how can we place our hope in God who keeps His word?

THE REASON FOR HIS DELAY
2 Peter 3:8-10
Series: Endgame – Becoming Future Ready

 

Jesus will return, of this we are certain. But why does He seem to be taking so long? What is the reason for His apparent delay? What happens when the delay comes to an end?

 

 

Discussion Guide

 

1) The Lord delays in His mercy (8-9)

 

In these verses, Peter reminds the church that only those who live a life of repentance will be saved. Repentance is the complete change of mind with regard to sin and righteousness. True repentance results in sorrow over sin and transformation of lifestyle. How is this different from merely saying sorry for doing something wrong? Is repentance an once-off event or a continuous commitment? Why do you say so? When was the last time you sincerely repented? What went through your mind? Read the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-12. The prodigal son’s repentance is expressed in his recognition of his wrongdoing, and a decision to stop living a life of rebellion against his father. The son’s decision to repent is then followed by his reconciliation to his father. How would this story encourage those who struggle with sin and are feeling guilt-ridden and hopeless? Why is repentance essential in our relationship with the Father?How does God’s kindness and mercy motivate believers to repent? What happens if we take His mercy for granted?

 

2) The Lord will come suddenly in His justice (10)

 

Jesus’ return will be sudden, and we as a church needs to be prepared to give an account of our lives. How does the suddenness of His coming make you feel? When Jesus returns, there will be no more opportunity for repentance because the time for judgment has come. Only those who have already put their faith in Christ and turned to God will be vindicated. How do you feel knowing this truth? What does it mean for those who think they have all the time in the world to turn away from a life of sin and towards a life with God? How are they mistaken? Are there believers you know who think this way? How would you encourage them to return to God before it’s too late? Sin can harden our hearts if we repeatedly refuse to respond to the Spirit’s prompting to repent (Heb 3:12-13). We never know when is the last time we can respond to God’s rebuke or correction. What usually hinders believers from repenting? How can the LG encourage one another to cultivate a lifestyle of repentance?

 

Reflection Questions

 

 

1) The Lord delays in His mercy (8-9)

 

Why is repentance essential in our relationship with the Father? How does God’s kindness and mercy motivate believers to repent? What happens if we take His mercy for granted?

 

2) The Lord will come suddenly in His justice (10)

 

When Jesus returns, there will be no more opportunity for repentance because the time for judgment has come. Only those who have already put their faith in Christ and turned to God will be vindicated. How do you feel knowing this truth? How can the LG encourage one another to cultivate a lifestyle of repentance?

THE CERTAINTY OF HIS COMING
2 Peter 3:1-7
Series: Endgame – Becoming Future Ready

“Future ready” is usually defined as the ability to plan with foresight, keep up with the times and be resilient in the face of uncertainty. But what does the Bible say about being future ready? What is the right view of the future we should have?

Discussion Guide

1) The wrong view: Christ will not judge the world (3-4)

The term “judgment day” is often used to describe moments in life where we come to face something truly important, usually with a tinge of fear or dread. For example, the announcing of restructuring in your company, the day of a job interview, or the release of national exam results. What thoughts come to mind when someone mentions “judgement day”? What feelings get stirred? As Christians, what is our understanding of judgment? Discuss in your Life Group.

In 2 Peter 3:3-4, the Apostle Peter warned believers of the presence and teachings of “scoffers”. What was wrong about their message on judgment and the coming of Jesus? What was their reason for thinking that Jesus will not come? How did their belief guide the way they lived their lives? Would you say they answered to themselves or to God? Why? What happens when people live as if they are accountable to no one else but themselves?

“The greatest tragedy in this lifetime is knowing Christ, yet carrying on living as if we do not.” Reflect on how knowing Christ has affected the way we live our lives, e.g. choosing to prioritise people because they matter to God. Share 1-2 areas to your Life Group and give thanks together for what God has done. Are there areas in our lives that are yet to be influenced by Christ and His gospel? Identify what might be stopping you from yielding these areas to God, and resolve to speak to your mentors or leaders about it.

2) The right view: Christ will return to judge the world (5-7)

Living in a busy city like Singapore means that much of our focus and attention is naturally drawn to the daily demands of life. It is easy to get caught up living for the here and now, with immediate rewards like work promotions and long holidays providing encouragement for our next chase. Do the people around you live in such a way, for the here and now? Share how they exhibit this in the type of decisions they make for themselves.

In contrast with the false teachers who denied Christ’s coming and thought that they did not need to account to Him, Christians know from Scripture that God will carry out His promise to judge the world in the future. How does Christ’s coming alter our view of the future? Realising that we have to answer to Him, what truly matters in this life on earth?

Think about some people you know who role-model and set good examples for how one should live. How do they exhibit their beliefs in the decisions they make? Consider how we have been orientating our lives and what we have been striving towards daily. What occupies our time? What drives our work and use of resources? Are there some decisions we need to make for ourselves regarding the way we live our lives today? Commit to respond to God today.

Come together as a Life Group to pray, that every member will grow to make every earthly decision in light of Christ’s coming and our eternity with Him.

Reflection Questions

1) The wrong view: Christ will not judge the world (3-4)

In 2 Peter 3:3-4, the Apostle Peter warned believers of the presence and teachings of “scoffers”. What was wrong about their message on judgment and the coming of Jesus? What was their reason for thinking that Jesus would not come? Would you say they answered to themselves or to God? What happens when people live as if they are accountable to no one else but themselves?

2) The right view: Christ will return to judge the world (5-7)

In contrast with the false teachers who denied Christ’s coming and thought that they did not need to account to Him, Christians know from Scripture that God will carry out His promise to judge the world in the future. How does Christ’s coming alter our view of the future? Realising that we have to answer to Him, what truly matters in this life on earth? What occupies our time? What drives our work and use of resources?