Bible Proficiency Project
Week 44,  11/2 - 11/8, 2020


I.     Monday — 1Peter 3
1.     What value does Peter place on living in submission to your “office” in life [ch. 3 & 5:5-6]? 
2.    What advice is given to the wives, but particularly to unbelievers for what reason? 
3.    The word adornment in verse 3 is cosmos. What English word comes from this and what application does

       Peter make for the wife? 
4.    Peter mirrors Paul’s words regarding the husband’s requirement toward his wife to dwell with them with

       understanding. What does that mean and how is it done? 
5.    The word defense is the Greek word from which we get apologetics (the defense of the faith). What are the

       two ways in which the Christian does apologetics according to verses 13-17? 
6.    What was the motivation for Jesus to suffer “once” in death being defamed as evil in doing good?

 
II.    Tuesday — 1Peter 4
1.     In verse 1 Peter says that Christ suffered for us in the flesh and so we should arm ourselves with the same

       mind. What does he mean we should be willing to do?
2.    How critical is love in Peter’s mind according to 4:8 and why? 
3.    What does Peter say we are obligated to do with the gifts that we have received? 
4.    In what way is Peter consistent with James, and where do you find this in Jesus’ teaching regarding fiery

       trials? 
5.    What is meant in verse 17 that judgment is to begin at the house of God?

 
III.   Wednesday — 1Peter 5
1.     What should be the attitude of the church leader according to chapter 5? 
2.    What five characteristics does Peter say should be seen in your pastor in verses 2-4?  
3.    In verses 5-6 why are the younger to submit to the older? 
4.    In verses 8-9 what is the Christian to be on guard against and how is that done? 
5.    Is this Mark Peter’s son by birth? 


IV.   Jude 1
1.     Who was Jude? 
2.    In verse 1 in what way is the Christian sanctified by God the Father and preserved by Jesus seeing that is

       the work of the Holy Spirit? 
3.    What are some situations where you may have to “earnestly contend for the faith”? 
4.    What purpose do the verses 5-11 serve to Jude’s message? 
5.    What condemnation did Jude attached to the church’s love feasts? 
6.    What is Jude’s ultimate message in this letter? 


V.    Sunday — 2Peter 1
1.     Who are the recipients of this second letter by Peter? 
2.    How does Peter identify Jesus in verse 1? 
3.    What does Jesus give us through His divine power? 
4.    What are we to “add” to faith and how do we go about doing that [2Pt 1:5-9]? 
5.    Where does Scripture find its authority according to verses 16-21? 

Answers

 

I.     Monday — 1Peter 3
1.    In the Bible, the idea of office carries with it a call as seeing yourself as living in the calling of God. As such

       the concept is one of living by submitting or living according to the responsibilities of who you are in this

       world as God has placed you here. To live in submission begins when one is willing to humble themselves

       to conform to God’s calling for them.
2.    To be submissive to their own husbands, and to unbelieving husbands so that they might win to Christ by

       the example of living faith in their wives.
3.    This word is from which cosmetics comes from – the outward adornment of beautification. Peter is saying

       that the Christian woman should not focus on outward beauty but on the nurture of a pure heart that is

       defined by a gentle and quiet spirit. 
4.    The understanding is regarding the authority of the office to be exercised with tenderness and not tyranny.

       The husband is to be careful and compassionate in how he exercises his authority in such a way as to

       nurture her as a fellow believer in the kingdom of God.
5.    The first and most direct way in which we defend the Christian faith is by being ready and able to give

       answers as to why we believe and trust in Jesus. The second way we defend our Christian faith is by being

       willing to suffer for doing good in service to God by living a godly life of righteousness.
6.    Peter points to Jesus’ death to bring us life as the reason for His willingness to suffer for doing good. The

       believer also is to be willing to suffer at the hands of evil people for doing good in hopes that God’s grace

       may turn their hearts.
II.    Tuesday — 1Peter 4
1.     Peter here uses the word flesh in two different senses. For Christ he means that Christ, pertaining to His

       human body, suffered natural death; but Peter then uses flesh for us in the sense of the mortification of the

       flesh which is the denial of the lusts of the flesh to seek to live in renewed spiritual life in conformity to the

       righteous image of Christ. Thus, Peter’s point is that we are to die to the flesh and the world.
2.    It is key to see that Peter views the end of the world as being near. This concept is central to living in the

       “last days” which looks forward to the Second Coming of Christ. This is referred to as the imminent return

       of Christ and calls us to live in the expectation that Jesus may return at any moment. It is in this context that

       Peter says we are to live with a passionate love for those in the church that they may be engaged in living

       wholly for the Lord.
3.    They are to be used to aid in ministering good things to each other. When the Christian understands that

       the things or gifts that God has supplied them are intended to be used for the advancement of the church

       and further for the glory of God it then becomes that the spiritual life Peter talks about here must become

       central to how we arm ourselves with the same mind as Christ.
4.    Peter basically said do not be surprised by trials and reproaches. Rather rejoice that you are called to suffer

       for Christ because God promises to bless you (v. 14) in part as a confirmation that the witness of the Spirit is

       evident 5
5.    The intention here appears to be one in which God directs us away from present comforts which the world

       seeks by allowing the church to suffer judgment at the hands of the world. But in the end, the greater

       judgment will be upon those who did not obey the gospel. It is an argument from the lesser to the greater:

       if the church who has less guilt is allowed to be judged, what then of the world that is filled up with their

       guilt and rebellion.
III.   Wednesday — 1Peter 5
1.     In the opening words of this chapter, you can see the profound influence of Jesus’ restoration of Peter in

       John 21:17 where He says to Peter feed My sheep. Peter was driven by a deep sense that the welfare of the

       sheep (congregation) was the foremost calling of the pastor and that was to be carried out by a deep love

       and devotion for the people of God.
2.    1. Shepherds of the flock. 2. Overseers of the lives of the people, 3. A willingness without being forced in

       their serving, 4. An eagerness in their willingness (not reluctant), and 5. Serving in such a way that they are

       examples of what it is in living for Christ in service to others.
3.    In the previous verses he had the office of elder in view, but now he comes to use the term elder in general

       exhorting younger Christians to look up and place themselves under those who have acquired the age of

       maturity, who have fought the battles that they might learn how to “cast their care upon” or trust in Jesus

       from those who have persevered in the faith.
4.    Peter directs our attention to the reality that our adversary is more than just non-Christians but against the

       Prince of Darkness (Pauline). He hunts the Christian who is not on guard as he already has devoured the

       unbeliever. We succeed in this when we are conscious in active resistance against his temptations by

       being grounded in living the faith.
5.    Mark here is claimed by Peter to be a true son spiritually of whom he was begotten by the ministry of Peter

       in the same way that Timothy is acclaimed by Paul to be his son. 
IV.   Jude 1
1.     The author cannot be identified by his name alone, but that he identifies himself as the brother of James

       leads to the conclusion that he is a brother to James of Jerusalem and half-brother to Jesus. See Mt. 13:55,

       Mk 6:3, Gal 1:19
2.    The answer is that sanctified here is used in the sense of the Father who elects sets the believer apart from

       the rest of the human race and preserved in Jesus is that since they are bought and paid for by the blood

       of Christ they cannot be lost. The actual work in the believer is accomplished by the Holy Spirit based on

       what the Father and the Son have determined by their actions.
3.    When people attack you for what you believe as a Christian or people come into the church and introduce

       wrong teaching, and where temptation is placed before you that is contrary to righteousness. The context

       here is to defend the historic faith of the church or of Scripture.
4.    These examples all serve to demonstrate that throughout history there have been those who have rejected

       the faith to their destruction.
5.    These were elaborate church festivals to demonstrate the church’s love for one another and yet they

       included people who had no part in Christ but used the church to their own advantage.
6.    Look out for the signs of a false profession in your midst who do not show the work of the Holy Spirit in

       their lives. Verse 22 instructs the church to evangelize them.
V.    Sunday — 2Peter 1
1.     This letter is written for the benefit of the whole of God’s elect. The elect all are recipients equally of the

       righteousness and salvation that comes through Jesus Christ.
2.    As both God and Savior.
3.    Everything! All things that pertain to life and godliness. He has given us knowledge of Himself, and has

       given us the promises of God, and has made us partakers of the divine nature. 
4.    This would be the content of what we concluded in 2Timothy 2:15 about things that will aid us in learning

       those things that are “approved unto God.” Faith would be the starting point of salvation that then must

       grow through learning and experience.
5.    Peter stresses the inspiration of Scripture as the literal speaking of God. In verse 18 he equates hearing the

       actual voice of God from heaven with the prophecy that was given through holy men of God as they were

       moved by the Holy Spirit in verse 21.