- Peter the scoffer repents and changes. Remember Peter at the crucifixion of Jesus? “Oh, no,” he cries out. “Not me. I don’t know what you’re talking about. Jesus is nothing to me!” Those weren’t his exact words, but do they reflect his thoughts at the time of his betrayal? Didn’t Jesus had every right to throw Peter out of the fellowship and never speak to him again? Instead, what happened?
- Darkness to light. In two verses of 1 Peter (chapter 1, verses 9 and 10), what does Peter tell us about the transformation of God’s people from darkness to light? When did Jesus accept His people on their journey to the Promised Land? From that time on, the people were obedient to God’s commands and fulfilled His every command. True? Spiritually speaking, are we any different today from the wandering tribes making their way across the desert?
- Peer pressure. Do we church members today ever allow friends and family to pressure us into going where God does not want us to go or doing what God condemns? Have you ever encountered a strong-voiced person or group of people with set opinions about what you and I should do? What does Peter teach is our primary responsibility towards such people? To ignore them? Contend with them? Accept whatever they say? Discuss.
- The more sure word. Why do you think Peter is so concerned in his epistle about the correct understanding of the prophecies in the Bible? Do you and I ever “turn off our hearing” or think about other things because we feel was already know what the speaker is saying? What values does Peter share with his readers that can surely prevent our stumbling as Christians and make us safe to save eternally?
- Scoffers. Have you ever heard scholarly scientists scoff at teachings about the universal power of God? Or Bible scholars poke fun at those who keep the seventh day Sabbath? What about within our church? Do we ever hear words of skepticism about God’s plan for us? Or even about his soon coming? How does Peter address these and other sad points of disbelief?
- Hastening the coming. A lot of us are in a big hurry for Jesus to come and just don’t understand why He’s not here yet. Are you one of those people? What does Peter says about this in 2 Peter 3:13? What is far more important than the timing of the Second Coming? If you don’t accept the Bible’s warnings about the consequences of disobedience to His will, where are you headed? Why?