August 8 Notes & Questions
Wk 2 The Bible and Authority
2 Peter 1:12-21
So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly
established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live
in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ
has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will
always be able to remember these things. For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honor and glory
from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
We do not follow myths!
God’s Word is the authority and we have to ensure that what we are doing lines up with His Word!
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his
life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
Prophesy in scripture is completely reliable.
Scripture is completely reliable
Beware of those who want to add to or take away from the scriptures
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to
them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes
words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the
tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. False Doctrines will also claim authority but will die away.
The Bible will never pass away!
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
The Bible is The Word of God!
1 Thessalonians 2:13
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you
heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which
is indeed at work in you who believe
Jesus is the Word!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Jesus is the only way!
Matthew 7:13 (NLT)
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad,
and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way
________________ is the authority in my life
Read 2 Peter 12-16, what are some things that are good to refresh our memory about inour Christian walk? What are some things you would consider as the core tenants ofChristianity?
What are some “cleverly devised stories” that you might have heard? What are someways to separate truth from made up stories? What are some traps that counterfeit storiesmight present?3. What does the word “Lord” mean to you? Do you find that definition to be consistentlyheld throughout your life? Why or why not?4. Read 2 Peter 17-21, picture yourself at the transfiguration where Jesus briefly revealedhis divinity, Moses and Elijah two of the most prominent old testament saints are present,and you hear the voice of God (reference Matthew 17 if needed). What might have beenyour reaction? Now picture yourself hearing Peter’s account for the first time in the firstcentury church. Would Peter’s letter have authority in your eyes? Why or why not?5. What do you think is meant in verse 19 when it says that the prophetic message assomething completely reliable? It’s often said that Jews in the first century missed thesigns of Jesus’ coming. Do you think the same thing could be said today for Christianson Christ’s second coming? Why do you think that is so?6. Do you think that accuracy in scripture gives any weight to the validity of scripture? Doyou think accuracy of scriptures gives any weight to the validity to non-believers?7.Read Matthew 7:13 in the NLT version if available. For folks that perhaps believe thatthere is more than one way to get to heaven, what are some kind of loving truths can youshare with them to perhaps show them that may not be a correct assumption?8. Is it easy to lose track of our destination?9. For private contemplation: How important is the Word of God to you personally