May 12, 2013
Equipped With Hope
Many people feel they are ineffective, unproductive, and unable to make the right choices in life. Where can we find the strength to surmount this sense of despair? Peter says that the inner strength needed to face life with new assurance and hope comes because of our knowledge of and faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Goals for the Learners
- To realize how Peter tried to help early Christians be effective and fruitful followers of Jesus Christ.
- To reflect on the ways faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, mutual affection, and love are present in their lives.
- To identify ways they can become more effective and fruitful Christians.
Lesson Challenges for the Week
- Think about the Christian wisdom and values that you would like to pass on to the next generation. Write in a list or an essay about these important underpinnings of the Christian life. Begin to pass your ideas on to children, grandchildren, and other young people.
- Review 2 Peter 1:3, this week’s key verse. Be aware that you have “everything needed for life and godliness.” Count the blessing that God has given you. Make notes about these blessings and give thanks.
- Recall that Peter was facing death as he wrote this letter (1:13-15). Do you know someone who apparently will soon be facing death? If so, do all in your power to support this person by your prayers, presence, and service.