2 Peter 1:12-15
What does it mean?
1. How would you summarize 2 Peter 1:1-11?
2. In verse 12, how does Peter “intend always to remind” his readers?
3. When does Peter want his readers to remember these things? What are the qualities that Peter is so ready to remind his readers of even though they have heard it before?
4. In verse 12, what does Peter mean by the phrase “that you already have”? Do they have it? If so, why remind them? If not, explain.
5. What did Peter know would happen to him soon, and what did he want his readers to do then? What does Peter hope gets accomplished by reminding us?
6. What else does he want to do by reminding us? Why is this necessary?
7. How does Peter view his own death? How does he describe his attitude about death?
8. How would you paraphrase 2 Peter 1:12-15?
9. Reflecting on 2 Peter 1:1-15, knowing these are some of Peter’s final words, what does that tell us about how the knowledge of God has touched Peter’s heart?
How does it apply?
1. When you hear “knowledge” – is that word limited to understanding facts? What is the relationship between the facts in our head and the emotions of our hearts?
2. Did you take any steps last week to gather information, reflect, and plan to move in the direction of growing in the qualities Peter listed? What steps can you take this week?
3. Who in your life helps refresh your memory about the knowledge of God and the connection to these qualities? Why do we forget this connection? Are these new ideas?
4. Who are we reminding of this knowledge of God, and the growing expressions that flow from it? How are we reminding them? How is the message being received?
5. If you knew you were going to die soon, what facts would you want to relay to others? To whom? Why? What connection do those facts have to your heart?
6. The knowledge of God, and how it is sustained and grows, is obviously important to Peter. How does its importance get expressed in our lives?