Open Your Bible
2 Peter 1:3-21, Proverbs 1:7, Hebrews 6:1-7, James 2:14-26
This is the last week of This Is the New Testament! Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book or two of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. This week, we will finish reading the General Epistles and move on to Apocalyptic Literature.
What Is 2 Peter? In 2 Peter, the apostle Peter cautions believers against false teachers and immoral behavior. He also emphasizes Christ’s second coming and the importance of an active, growing faith as we await Christ’s return.
How 2 Peter Fits Into the Story: Second Peter is strongly tied to the Old Testament. In it, Peter highlights the significance of God’s Word through statements on the origin of Scripture, as well as the inspired nature of Paul’s letters. Peter challenges his audience to live with authenticity, clinging to Scripture as a guide for faithful living.
1. What are some characteristics of a believer who is growing in the Christian faith? According to 2 Peter 1:3–21, how does God’s power help us grow in spiritual maturity?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?
Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.