These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

2 Peter 2: Follow Which Leader?

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of 2 Peter.

"I hugged her, and it was like hugging a statue. I looked into her eyes, and I felt that `the lights were on, but no one was home.' She had been my best friend in a Christian college! What happened?"

For months my friend puzzled over this strange reunion with her college housemate. Later the puzzle pieces fell into place. A cult. "Someone got to her," she said later. "That person had to be very persuasive, and very tricky. My friend knew the Bible, and she wasn't dumb. I wish I knew what happened."

Warming Up to God

Jesus Christ is always faithful to his promises. Reflect on that fact and allow praise to well up within you in response.

Read 2 Peter 2

Discovering the Word

  • Why are false teachers dangerous (2:1-3, also 1:20-21)?
  • Study verses 4-9. What did Peter want his readers to learn from these Old Testament events?
  • What characteristics should alert us that we are encountering a false teacher (vv. 10-19)?
  • Why might some people be attracted to teachers with these characteristics?
  • Why might it be better if a false teacher had never known the truth (vv. 20-22)?

Applying the Word

  • How can you protect yourself from the influence of false teachers?
  • What cautions can you institute to keep from becoming a false teacher yourself?

Responding in Prayer

Pray for those who are victims of false teachers.