Session 2

A Recipe For Life

From 2 Peter: An 8-Day Devotional

Do you have a favorite recipe? Perhaps it’s a family recipe, and the ingredients are a well-kept secret. The first time you prepared the dish you examined the recipe like a map to a hidden treasure, precisely measuring the amounts of each item. You knew the combination of the ingredients would result in something delicious.

In some ways, our lives are like a recipe. The difference is that there are no secret ingredients. It begins with a faith in Jesus Christ. Peter, a follower of Jesus and one of the leaders of the Church, gave us some ingredients for an even better, more fulfilling life in Christ. Here’s his recipe for an effective and productive life:

  • Begin with a personal relationship with Jesus.
  • Add goodness and an equal amount of knowledge.
  • Stir in self-control and perseverance.
  • Combine with godliness and a pinch of mutual affection.
  • Mix thoroughly and bake with an abundance of love.

God does not expect us to become instantly perfect in the qualities listed by Peter, but he tells us that we can “possess these qualities in increasing measure.” Growing in these areas because of our relationship with Jesus is the best recipe for a productive life.

Reflect:

  • Which characteristic in this list is an area in which God wants to help you grow?
  • What is one way you have grown in your relationship with Jesus since you started following Him?

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

Your identity doesn’t have to be in crisis

identity salvation repentance

When we know who we are, we know what to do. In the face of temptations and stressful circumstances we can respond with confidence based ...

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Session 2

A Recipe For Life

jesus relationships

Do you have a favorite recipe? Perhaps it’s a family recipe, and the ingredients are a well-kept secret. The first time you prepared the ...

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Session 3

The Bible Still Matters Today

truth bible holy spirit

Jesus said, “The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” The...

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Session 4

Rescue Is Possible

rescue

Terrible things happen in our world today. We all know it exists. Watch the evening news on any network, and you’ll see it: uncontrolled ...

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Session 5

Everyone Has A Master

freedom

We all have that one food from our favorite restaurant that we can’t get enough of. Maybe it’s a certain entree or an especially deliciou...

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Session 6

What The Past Proves

weakness

Whether it was a hurtful comment made five minutes ago or a bad choice made five years ago, events from our past can threaten to trap us ...

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Session 7

God Keeps His Promises

time management patience

Have you ever prayed for something with such an immediate need, only to feel like you waited forever to see the answer? Things don’t happ...

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Session 8

Growth Doesn’t Happen By Itself

relationships groups

It’s easy to get distracted, worrying about our past and who we used to be. Or maybe it feels impossible to guard against worry about the...

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