I’ve met a lot of people who have been abused by a church at some point in their lives. I feel like I’ve met more than I should have. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised though, because the New Testament devotes a surprisingly large amount of space warning us about the dangers of church. Specifically the dangers of bad leadership in the church. Sometimes we bemoan the state of the church today, and we forget that bad leaders have always been around.
The writers of the New Testament were rightly concerned about the vulnerable position people put themselves in when joining to a church community. So they warned, over and over again, that it’s up to us to be discerning and careful when it comes to the leaders we choose to follow.
That will be the subject of our text this week as we read 2 Peter 2:1-3.
As you read Peter’s warning here, what seems to be his main concern about these false teachers? The word heresy in the Greek means dividing into a sect. What would a destructive heresy look like then?
When he says they deny the master who bought them, would you find it hard to follow a person’s teaching who denies Christ outrightly? Are there other ways we can deny Jesus, and what would they look like?
Verse three has the harshest indictments in it. What does Peter say these false teachers are doing to God’s people? Do you see a connection between that and the harsh words?
Given this warning, what is our responsibility as God’s people?
That’s some stuff to chew on between now and Sunday. Hope to see you then!