27: Critical Confidence Part 2

Message 27 of 34 in the series Letters from Peter

19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

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2 Peter 1:19-21, ESV

Discussion Questions

  • Read Hebrews 4:16

    How does the level of confidence we have in our faith impact whether we draw near to God or drift from him?

    According to the sermon, how does confidence impact our decision making in how we obey God’s word?

    What are some ways in which we can seek stronger confidence in our faith?

  • Read Timothy 3:16

    In your own words describe what it means that scripture is breathed out by God. According to the sermon, what does the word scripture refer to?

  • Read 1 Peter 2:21

    Scripture came as “Men spoke from God”. Based on the sermon, what does this mean?

    What does the truth that “Men spoke” teach us about the nature of Scripture?

    What does the truth that they spoke “from God” teach us about the nature of Scripture?

    How does the unity of the Bible point to a divine author?

  • Why does the enemy work to undermine the reliability of God’s words to His people?

    What are some examples you can think of throughout salvation history where the enemy caused people to doubt what God had said?

    Why is it so important for a Christian to be able to have confidence in the reliability of scripture?

  • Of the 5 considerations in the sermon regarding the authority and authenticity of the Bible as God’s word, which one(s) most stood out to you? Why?

    How does the authority Jesus gave his Apostles (and the work of the Holy Spirit) help us to understand the equality of the words “in red or black” in the Bible?

    What does 2 Peter 3:15-16 teach us about the Apostle’s authority?

    What role did the early church play in confirming the canon of the Bible as given to them by God?

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