• Peter, Servant of Jesus Devotional

    2 Peter 1:1–2

    It is a good thing to be wary of doctrinal error. However, sometimes we mistake a concern for doctrinal purity with a desire to promote our own opinions regarding negotiable matters. As we prepare to study 2 Peter, pray that God would help you discern between the Gospel for which we must be willing to die and the things about which orthodox Christians may charitably disagree. If you have been contentious over minor matters, make amends with those you have offended. View Resource

  • Goodness and Faith Devotional

    2 Peter 1:1-11

    What are some practical steps you can take to increase your knowledge and appreciation of beauty expressed through great music and art? What about a class on these subjects in your church? If your church is not interested, what can you as a Christian individual do? View Resource

  • Faith for Sanctification Devotional

    2 Peter 1:2-11

    We are to live our lives by faith in God. We are to let our roots grow deep into Him, trusting Him for all we need. We are to do all we can to grow in obedience, relying on Him for our growth. Are you doing these things? Search your heart for self-dependence and areas in which you fail to trust God. Repent and surrender them to Him. View Resource

  • Good Works and Assurance Devotional

    2 Peter 1:3–11

    Matthew Henry comments, “Those who are growing in grace, and abounding in the work of the Lord, shall have an abundant entrance into the joy of their Lord, and they shall reign with him for ever and ever.” Although gaining assurance of salvation is not the primary reason why we do good works, we should not discount the assurance that comes as we live holy lives. As we seek to obey Christ’s commands, we can be sure that He is working in us. View Resource

  • His Divine Power Devotional

    2 Peter 1:3–4

    Though we can partake of the divine nature and do things such as love others and show mercy, we must never forget that we are creatures and He is the Creator. We cannot possess omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence, yet the qualities in which we “share” are truly ours because God has graciously created us in His image. Ask the Lord that you would live humbly before Him as you become more conformed to His image through sanctification. View Resource

  • Assurance and Sanctification Devotional

    2 Peter 1:3-11

    If we know we are in Christ and dead to sin, then we will want to live in a manner that conforms to Christ (Rom. 6). The right search for assurance inevitably leads us to practice holiness. If we do not seek to grow in our sanctification, then we have not gained true assurance. View Resource

  • Supplement Your Faith Devotional

    2 Peter 1:5–7

    The order of the virtues listed in today’s passage emphasizes faith and love. Faith is listed first because without true faith we cannot be holy, and love is listed last because it is both our final goal and the virtue that must undergird all the others (1 Cor. 13:13). As you have sought holiness have you done so in order to exhibit love, or have you tended toward legalism? Today, strive for one of the virtues listed but do so in order to reflect the preeminent love of Christ. View Resource

  • Unfruitful and Blind Devotional

    2 Peter 1:8–9

    When you look at your life and the specific ministry in which you are involved, do you find that your work is bearing fruit for the kingdom? Take some time today to consider the qualities listed in 2 Peter 1:5–7. Then ask yourself honestly where you lack and how this is keeping you from being as fruitful as possible. Ask the Lord to enable you to persevere in this quality and find someone to hold you accountable for practicing and growing in it. View Resource

  • Make Your Election Sure Devotional

    2 Peter 1:10–11

    John Calvin reminds us that “purity of life is not improperly called the evidence and proof of election, by which the faithful may not only testify to others that they are the children of God, but also confirm themselves in this confidence.” Work at supplementing your faith with the virtues of 2 Peter 1:5–7 so that you may grow in assurance of your salvation, and be wary of those who confess Christ and yet show no desire for holiness. View Resource

  • A Helpful Reminder Devotional

    2 Peter 1:12

    Scripture emphasizes both the importance of remembering basic Christian doctrines (1 Peter 2:2–3) as well as the need to build upon them (Heb. 6:1–2). We must continually seek to grow in our knowledge of the Savior but never in a way that deprecates the basic Gospel message. We must remind ourselves of the basics of the faith, always doing so in a way that affects mind and action. Meditate on God’s grace today and let this basic truth motivate you to live virtuously. View Resource

  • One Final Reminder Devotional

    2 Peter 1:13–15

    Unless Jesus returns first, we will all one day leave this present world behind. What will be your legacy? Are you working to see that your children become Christians so that they in turn will make disciples after you are gone? Are you a wise steward that you might leave resources behind to help fund the work of the Gospel ministry? Consider what you need to do to leave behind a legacy that will contribute to the advance of the kingdom after you are gone. View Resource

  • Eyewitnesses of Majesty Devotional

    2 Peter 1:16–18

    In our day many claim that those who wrote the New Testament were not eyewitnesses of the ministry of Jesus. However, as today’s passage contends, many were eyewitnesses of the events described. In the case of someone like Luke, those who walked with Christ during His first advent were carefully interviewed. Spend some time reviewing the evidence for the historicity of the New Testament so that you might answer critics of the Bible. View Resource

  • The Prophecy of Scripture Devotional

    2 Peter 1:19–21

    Today’s passage is one of the most important texts that we have regarding the inspiration of Scripture. Though the Holy Spirit used the individual personality and writing style of each biblical author to create the distinctive books of the Bible, He did so in a way that renders the text both authoritative and unified in its teaching. Take some time today to marvel at the power of God displayed in His work of revelation and thank Him for giving us a sure guide for all of life. View Resource

  • The Word of God in the Words of Men Devotional

    2 Peter 1:21

    John Calvin is known for his statement that God speaks to us in “baby talk,” explaining things to us on our level so that we will know and love Him. God has not told us everything, but what He has told us is true, and our language can be used to communicate the truth to us. Human beings wrote the Bible, but they were inspired by God such that their words are His words. Thus, to obey Scripture is to obey the Lord. View Resource

  • Destructive Heresies Devotional

    2 Peter 2:1

    Take some time today to read through 2 Peter and review the apostle’s teaching. Remember that though the false teaching we may have to face today might be different in its specific expression, all false teachers commonly deny biblical authority in some way and often promote aberrational eschatological and ethical views. Ask the Lord to help you grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ and seek out community that will encourage your sanctification and study. View Resource