Explore the Bible at Home - Week of April 8
Dear Parents, Guardians, & Grandparents,
On Sunday, April 8th, our Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Elementary students studied Peter’s second letter. The early church often faced the challenge of resisting false teachers. Peter encouraged the believers to grow in their faith so they could recognize false teaching and refute it. As a family, discuss some false teaching you might hear in our context in society today. How might you recognize false teaching? What does God’s Word say about these things? Remind your family that studying God’s Word helps us grow in our knowledge of Jesus. Want to follow along this week? Here's the Explore the Bible take-home sheet that explains what we're studying in class.
Bible Passage: 2 Peter 1:1-21; 2:1-3; 3:1-18
Memory Verse: 2 Peter 3:18a
Older Kids Text Truth: We should grow in our knowledge of Jesus so we can resist false teaching.
Younger Kids Text Truth: We should continue learning about Jesus.
Resist False Teachers, 2 Peter 1:1-21; 2:1-3; 3:1-18
The apostle Simon Peter wrote a second letter to those who followed Christ. Peter had witnessed the miracles and teachings of Jesus. He saw Jesus’ death on the cross and He saw Jesus after He rose from the grave. Peter was getting old and knew that soon he would die. But before he did, Peter wanted to encourage the church to remember some important truths.
Peter wrote, “God has given you everything you need to grow in your faith—in your knowledge of Jesus. Add these things to your faith: goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, brotherly affection, and love. These things will keep you from being unfruitful or useless.”
Peter also warned of false prophets who will only live selfishly. “Don’t forget what the prophets and apostles have taught,” Peter warned the believers.
Then Peter reminded the people that God does not experience time like we do because He invented time. “To the Lord one single day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a single day. Jesus’ return is not delayed. God is patient and wants all to repent of their sin. However, one day Jesus will return. Remember you are waiting for the new heavens and the new earth, just like Jesus promised.”
Peter ended His letter with these words, “Dear friends, while you wait for Jesus, be on guard against false teachers. Continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. Glory to God. Amen.”