December 10, 2023

Some Symptoms of False Teachers

False Teachers stop believers from becoming fruitful in their knowledge of God. This week, Ptr. Nathan Tee highlights the traits and dangers that False Teachers bring to the church and the grim consequences of their deceit.

Read Today’s Scripture Passage

2 Peter 2:10-22

Life Group Discussion Guide

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1. Start with a prayer

2. Engage one another (15-30 mins)
– Think about a time when you were drawn to someone’s charisma or eloquence. How did you discern whether their message or actions aligned with God’s truth?

3. Engage the mind (15-20 mins)
– Read the passage. How does Peter describe the character and lifestyle of false teachers?
– What kind of promises do false teachers make? What would the consequences of believing in their promises be?

4. Engage the heart (15-20 mins)
– Which symptom/s of false teachers surprised you/hadn’t considered before? What types of promises, teachings, or actions do you think you’re most susceptible to believing in?
– Examine yourself: What holds you back from believing that obeying God brings true freedom while following our own desires leads to slavery?

5. Engage the hands (15-20 mins)
– What specific steps can you take to avoid being enslaved by your own desires and achieve freedom through obedience to God?
– Starting this week, how can you show care for others by helping them avoid enslavement to their own desires?

6. Engage with God in prayer (20-30 mins)
– Ask God to give you wisdom and discernment to recognize and reject those ‘teachers’ who indulge in fleshly desires, or present a counterfeit gospel that deceives its hearers. Request from God to have the strength and courage to stand up for the Truth, and to help you to be still before Him and know that He is God. Praise Him for there is no one like Him.
– Pray for the universal church to be protected and that false teachers would be exposed for their trickery and their deceptive ministries be brought to justice. Thank God that the true gospel is revealed to us in the Scriptures and pray that your eyes will be opened to appreciate and understand the wonderful truths in His Word and heed its warnings. Take this time to ask God to help you have the discipline to study the Scriptures so that you may be ready to give a clear and accurate answer for the hope you have.

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