Sunday: False Prophets and Teachers

The Burning Bush

It’s sometimes easy to idealize the early church, to think of it as a time of great peace and harmony among the earliest believers in Jesus. That would be a mistake. Even from the days of Jesus the church faced struggles, often from within (think of Judas). As the New Testament epistles show, many of … [Click to read more …]

Prophecy and Scripture – Teaching Plan

Open Bible

Key Thought: Peter declares that God’s prophetic Word is more certain than personal experiences, because its origin is in the Holy Spirit. Lesson 10, June 3, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read 2 Peter 1:19. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. What … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: False Teachers

Hand Writing on Chalk Board

Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Pet. 2:1-22, John 8:34-36, Matt. 12:43-45, Jude 4-19, Gen. 18:16-33. Memory Text: “They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption; for people are slaves to whatever masters them” (2 Peter 2:19, NRSV). In his first epistle, Peter, with great pastoral concern, sought to encourage readers in … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Prophecy and Scripture

Spectacles on Bible

“It is the first and highest duty of every rational being to learn from the Scriptures what is truth, and then to walk in the light and encourage others to follow his example. We should day by day study the Bible diligently, weighing every thought and comparing scripture with scripture. With divine help we are … [Click to read more …]

Three Logical Examples of Why It Is Reasonable to Believe the Bible

Last Sunday, at a graduation party, I visited with one of my former students from the Adventist school where I teach and give Bible studies. She is now attending a public high school in a different city, and she told me how sad she is that at least half of her school population is self-proclaimed atheist. … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Prophecy and Scripture

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Prophecy and Scripture” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Word in Our Lives

The Word in Our Lives

As we have seen, Peter placed great emphasis on the Holy Scriptures. Second Peter 1:19-21 is a powerful affirmation of the importance of the Bible to our Christian experience and to the divine inspiration of the Scriptures. His point is clear in 2 Peter 1:21. The Bible is not the product of human will, human … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The More Sure Word of Prophecy

A Sure Word of Prophecy

Read 2 Peter 1:19-21. To what prophecies is Peter referring? What does he mean when he says that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation? In stressing that Christianity is not based on cunningly devised fables (2 Pet. 1:16), Peter offers up two lines of evidence: first, eyewitnesses (2 Pet. 1:16-18); second, the … [Click to read more …]

10: Prophecy and Scripture – Discussion starters

Confidence personified. Is there anything at all about Peter speaking as a wholehearted disciple of Jesus that reminds us of Peter the indecisive one? If you said “No!” in a resounding way, how can you and I adopt his certainty in these troubled times? How can the “cunningly devised fables” that appeal to vast numbers of worldlings … [Click to read more …]

Singing with Inspiration – Lesson 10

Sabbath afternoon’s introduction to our studies for the week made a strong and wise statement followed by a question: “So if Jesus and Peter took the Bible seriously, how dare we do otherwise ourselves?” Peter was sure of what he believed in and he would have had pleasure in singing: Hymn 511, “I Know Whom … [Click to read more …]