Peter says you can identify a false teacher by:
1. What they teach.
a. They twist the person of Jesus!
b. They twist the work that Jesus did on the cross.
2. How they live.
a. They are driven by money.
b. They despise authority.
c. They live immoral lives.
3. How they view people.
a. They don’t serve, but use people.
Why is it so important to Peter that you know the truth about Jesus?
4. Healthy, successful relationships must be built on truth.
Follow-up Questions from Sunday’s Message:
Looking back on last Sunday’s message and your notes, what was the most meaningful part for you?
1. Read 2 Peter 2. What do you think are Peter’s main points in this chapter? How would you describe Peter’s countenance in this chapter?
2. Read John 4:23-24; John 8:31-32. How important is truth in your life? What areas of your life do you believe truth is most important and why?
3. What do you think it is about lies that are so destructive in people’s lives? What lies have had the most destructive effect on your life?
4. Read 2 Peter 2:1-2. Peter says that false prophets/teachers will come and introduce destructive twisted teaching about the truth of Jesus. When you read this warning, what people do you think of? What do you think is the most dangerous part of their teachings and why?
5. Read 2 Peter 2:1-3, 10, 14-15, 18 and Acts 20:29-30. What do these verses say about the lifestyle of these people? What does this say about the character and motivation of these people? When you read this list what religious leaders do you think of? What do you think is the worst that could happen to people that follow these teachers?
6. Read Acts 17:10-12. It says in 2 Peter 2:14, that false teachers entice unstable souls. What is it about the Berean’s that makes them stable in their faith? How should the Word of God keep us from being susceptible to bad teachers? How have you seen this be true in your life?
Taking it Home:
Pray that God will help you be firmly established in the truth you have about Him and who you are as His child.