28: Critical Confidence Part 3

Message 28 of 31 in the series Letters from Peter

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

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2 Peter 2:1-3, ESV

Discussion Questions

  • Why does God warn his people? What do warnings teach us about our relationship with God? How does systematic study (book by book) of God’s word assist us when it comes to hard passages?

  • Read Acts 20:25-32

    How does Paul tell the elders of Ephesus they should respond to the possibility of false teachers? What are some common responses we might be tempted to have when encountering a false teacher in the church? What does Paul mean when he says false teachers will “speak twisted things to draw you away”?

  • Read 2 Peter 2:1-3

    What are some characteristics of False Teachers that are mentioned in this passage? In the sermon it was said that they are ‘subtle in their approach’. What does this mean? Why do False Teachers mix in their false teachings with truth from the Bible?

  • Read 2 Timothy 4:1-4

    A common characteristic of False Prophets in the OT and False Teachers in the NT is that they failed to address the sin of the people. Why is this? Why is this dangerous for God’s people?

  • Read 1 John 4:1-6

    Is every person that disagrees with us a heretic or false teacher? What is the danger in labeling people a false teacher too quickly? According to John, what are the tests we can use to help understand if someone is a true teacher or not?

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