Unit 28, Session 4: Living Like Jesus
Like his first letter, Peter’s second letter was written to believers in the early church who had experienced persecution and suffering. At this time, Peter was in a Roman prison. He was aware that his death was imminent. (See 2 Pet. 1:13-15.) Besides the outside threats to their faith, these believers were also confronted with false teachers within the church who tried to lead them away from the true gospel.
Paul warned against false teachers. In the opening chapter of his letter, Paul’s exhortation to live like Jesus gives believers a measure for making sure they are following the truth. The best defense against false teachers is a dedication to a knowledge of the truth. As you prepare to teach from 2 Peter 1, consider these two questions: How do we live like Jesus? Why do we live like Jesus?
First, God’s people live like Jesus through the power of Jesus (2 Pet. 1:3-4) and through personal application (2 Pet. 1:5-7). Not only is the Christian life marked by faith in Christ, it is characterized by goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, brotherly affection, and love. These come from knowing Jesus, who calls us to Himself.
Second, God’s people live like Jesus to confirm their calling. (2 Pet. 1:8-11) If we claim to have faith but do not live like Jesus, we have forgotten what Jesus has done for us. Because God has credited to us Jesus’ righteousness, we strive to live in loving obedience to Him to show those around us that Jesus has truly changed our lives.
Soon after writing this letter, Peter was killed in Rome as Jesus had predicted. (John 21:18-19) Help your kids grasp that Jesus lived a perfect life and died the death we deserve for our sin. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sins and changes our hearts. Jesus calls and empowers His followers to live like Him.
Living Like Jesus
(2 Peter 1)
Jesus lived a perfect life and died the death we deserve for our sin. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sins and changes our hearts. Jesus calls and empowers His followers to live like Him.
Family Discussion Questions
- WWhat are some words that describe how Jesus lived?
• Where does our righteousness come from?
• How do we live like Jesus?
- Where do we get the power to live like Jesus? (See 2 Peter 1:3.)
• Have you ever noticed Christlike qualities in family members? Honor those family members by giving examples.
• What can your family do together to share the love of Jesus with others?
-Provide each kid with two sheets of paper.
-Instruct each kid to draw a picture on one of the sheets.
-After about five minutes, instruct the kids to swap pictures with one another
and use the rest of the time trying to copy the swapped
picture onto their second sheet of paper.
-Encourage kids not to trace, but to try re-drawing the picture on their own.
"It’s not easy to perfectly copy someone else’s work. Usually, it’s better to come up with your own art than try to copy someone else’s. Today, we will learn about a time when being a copycat is actually good! Who do you think we should copy?"
Since it is getting colder and starting to snow more, think about who's driveway or sidewalk you could shovel for them. Maybe a neighbor, family member, or someone from church? You can bless someone by serving as a family.