10/16: Always Ready, 1 Peter 3:13-22

1 Peter 3:13-22 contains one of the most difficult exegetical passages in the New Testament. Peter starts with a discussion about what we should do in the face of suffering while doing good. Then he uses Christ as an example, talking about Christ proclaiming good news to the spirits in prison, referring to the time of Noah, and then bringing in the subject of baptism. What does this passage mean? Why does Peter begin this discussion and how does this passage potentially affect our lives? This Week's Memory Verse: 1 Peter 3:15, "but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect." ...
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10/9: Submission and Sympathy, 1 Peter 3:1-12

In 1 Peter 3:1-12 we will be talking about one more specific situation to cover as it concerns our putting our faith and hope fully in Christ Jesus. We are going to be talking about marriage and Peter's commands on how we should live in these marriages: both in ideal situations and in those that are less than ideal. Peter gives an overall summary of what our actions should be. Again, there are some difficult commands to follow. Peter's directions sometimes buck against our "common sense" humanly speaking, but make sense in God's overarching plan for our salvation and our lives. How does God tell us to live? What should we do going forward?...
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10/2: Building Our Faith, 1 Peter 2:11-25

1 Peter 2:11-12 is a turning point in the book. We see Peter leaving his longer theological explanations, instead going for quick application to specific social situations and institutions. How does a Christian function in an employer-employee relationship? How does a Christian function in a marriage, especially a Christian woman who may not have a believing husband? How does the Christian relate to a state which may, or may not, be justly treating them? We explore the basic concept and two of these social areas as we look at 1 Peter 2:11-25, delving into the area of Church-State relationships and employer-employee relationships. As the Lord leads, read and meditate on this passage this week and prepare your hearts before the Lord....
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9/25: Building Our Faith, 1 Peter 2:1-10

1 Peter 2:1-10 is this week's passage. What does it mean for a Christian to grow naturally? What are we growing into? What is the purpose of our growth? We're finishing the "Belief" section of Peter, looking at core ideas that will affect the way we live our lives. This Week's Memory Verse: 1 Peter 2:10, "Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."...
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9/18: Be Holy, 1 Peter 1:13-25

This week, we're moving into 1 Peter 1:13-25. Peter moves into a discussion of holiness, how our minds are to be prepared, the motivations toward holiness, the example of holiness in Christ, and the preaching of this holiness in the Word. The key theological item on the agenda is holiness. God is holy. We must be holy. Why? Because we are to reflect God's character. Peter makes this case in a compelling way using vivid language....
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9/11: Life is Tough and Difficult, 1 Peter 1:1–12

Peter dives right into the theology of salvation and its relationship to suffering in 1 Peter 1:1-12. In this message, we look at the situation the early church was in and how a living hope of salvation would have been a significant encouragement. This week's memory verse: 1 Peter 1:8, “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.”...
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9/4: 1 Sam. 27-31, Saul’s final chapter

We are finishing up our look at the beginning history of the kingship in Israel recorded in 1 Samuel this coming Sunday. There are clear themes throughout the book we will also be summarizing. God intended for us to see His character and has a clear message for us to internalize in our lives, especially as we see the tragic end of Saul and the decisions leading up to this event. As the Lord leads, please read through 1 Samuel 27-31 this week, taking additional time in 1 Samuel 31 as we look at Saul's demise together this Sunday. This Week's Memory Verse: 1 Samuel 30:6 "But David said to Abishai, “And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God."...
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8/28: 1 Sam. 23-26, Respect

David is on the run from Saul. He's narrowly escaped (chp. 23) and then handed an opportunity for a quick and decisive victory (chp. 24). He stays his hand against vengeance (chp. 25) and now is given yet another opportunity to defeat Saul and end his days in exile (chp. 26). Why is the Author recording these historical episodes for us? What do we see in David's character? How is God's character highlighted through these events and how does this apply directly to our lives? Read through 1 Samuel 23-26 before Sunday morning to familiarize yourself with the Word and be ready for our study together Sunday morning. This Week's Memory Verse: 1 Samuel 26:9, "But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him, for who can put out his hand against the LORD's anointed and be guiltless?”...
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