Life Group Questions for Feb. 5, 2017

2 Peter 1:10-11
What does it mean?

1. How would you paraphrase 2 Peter 1:3-4? And, then, 2 Peter 1:5-9?

2. Now, in v. 10, what are the readers to be “all the more diligent” to do?

3. Why does the author choose to say “calling and election” instead of other language like genuine faith?

4. What “qualities” does the author have in mind? 

5. What would the readers be in danger to “fall” from?

6. When Peter writes in v. 11, “For in this way…”, what are other ways we could say that?

7. What is being “richly provided” and for whom is it being provided?

8. What is the “eternal kingdom of our Lord”?

9. Why does Peter state the entrance in the positive terms (what you will get) rather than in negative terms to warn against missing the eternal kingdom?

10. How would you summarize 2 Peter 1:1-11 in your own words?

How does it apply?

1. What motivates you to “make every effort” or to be “all the more diligent”?

2. How do you ensure these virtues are expressions of your genuine faith?

3. How would you engage someone who believes that if we’re elect we have no need to live this out?

4. How does this passage stretch your understanding of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility grow?

5. On the narrow road, are you more tempted to fall on the easy-believism side or the legalistic side?  How have you, or how can you, move toward the middle?

6. How do we keep from seeing these virtues as earning an entrance into the eternal kingdom, and increasingly see them as the inevitable evidence of trusting God’s promises?

7. How does the hope of a rich entrance into the eternal kingdom inspire you, and motivate you to continue pursuing God?

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