December 17, 2023

Know and Prepare

The Apostle Peter warns us that the Day of the Lord will come suddenly, like a thief in the night. This week, Rev. Genesis Tan reminds us to defend ourselves against the lies of false teachers by knowing God’s truth and preparing for the majestic return of our soon-coming King.

Read Today’s Scripture Passage

2 Peter 3:1-18

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1. Start with a prayer

2. Engage one another (15-30 mins)
– Think of a recent time you needed to be patient. Looking back, how did waiting help you grow as a Christian during that time?

3. Engage the mind (15-20 mins)
– Read the passage. What do verses 8-9 show us about God’s character?
– Look through the Bible for examples that show how people may need to wait a long time (by our standards) for God to fulfill His plans. What principles can you glean from these examples and the passage?

4. Engage the heart (15-20 mins)
– Examine yourself: In what ways have you been spiritually passive? What hinders you from waking up and becoming spiritually active?
– Be honest: Does the knowledge of Christ’s second coming comfort you? Does it impact your prayer life? Reflect on what the motivations and hurdles in your head and heart are.

5. Engage the hands (15-20 mins)
– Which of the three areas mentioned do you need to focus on working on so that you’re prepared for the Lord’s coming (being godly, being on guard, growing)? Provide specific steps.
– How can you personally contribute to fulfilling this mission of speeding God’s return in your community and beyond?

6. Engage with God in prayer (20-30 mins)
– Praise God for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is longsuffering toward us even if we fall into sin time and time again. Repent for those moments you have failed to obey and honor Him. Ask for the same patience as we expectantly wait for His return, knowing that His timing is always perfect.
– Thank Him for the many reminders in Scripture to hold fast to the truth of His Word. Ask God to help you to continuously meditate on the fact that He is our great and mighty Creator Who spoke the world into being and fashioned us in His own image. Despite humankind’s sinfulness, He purposed to redeem us by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. As the day of His return draws ever closer and so many are choosing to remain ignorant of the things of God, pray that in His grace, He would convict many of their need of Christ and restore hope to those who are lost.
– Ask God to help you see the unsaved world through His eyes of love, that He desires for all to be saved. Request for the hunger and follow through to spread His saving gospel of grace to a lost world, and that they may come to faith in Him while there is still time.

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