Partnering 2 Remember, Week 16

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

After a lengthy exhortation concerning suffering, Peter returns to instructions concerning relationships. This portion deals with those within the church, starting with a charge to his fellow elders and then a call for those who are younger to be subject to their elders, and finally, for all to clothe themselves with humility toward one another. In his commentary on I Peter, RC Sproul writes this about I Peter 5:6, “…in that simple phrase we have a microcosm of the entire Christian life.” I tend to agree with him. What about you? Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember 1 Peter, Week 15

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

In week 15, we come to Peter’s final discourse on suffering. It’s interesting that Peter writes back in 3:13, “Now, who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?” And now, in the beginning of this section, he is almost assuring them that suffering will come. At the very minimum, he is telling his readers not be surprised when they do suffer. What caused Peter to go from telling his readers not to worry? His warning to get ready causes a little bit of speculation on the part of commentators, as do many other parts of this letter. Whatever his reasons for writing as he did, Peter’s exhortations concerning suffering have encouraged Christians down through the ages and continue to offer much to gird us up through all types of trials. Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember 1 Peter, Week 14

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Due to a combination of forces, including but not limited to: visiting grandchildren, sick husbands, ministry responsibilities, and general winter sluggishness, it seems we as a team are moving more slowly and this has affected our writing and posting, but not our dedication, to the blog this week. We offer our sincere apologies and anticipate with humble gratitude your understanding. BK.

by JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

The opening verse of this week’s memory block is another one of those verses in I Peter which has resulted in various interpretations of what Peter means. No matter our interpretation, we should all live our lives as if “the end of all things” is imminent and heed the imperatives that flow from it. Verses 8 thru 11 are a summary statement of all that Peter has been saying so far. Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember, Week 11

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Fellow memory partners, it’s time to start up our memory program again! With all the festivities and activities of the past few months, you may have found it difficult (I know I did) to solidify or catch up on our memorization of 1st Peter. But, I hope you found some time here and there to work on it. The Christmas season, as bright and full of hope as it is, can also be a stressful time for many of us and God’s Word resounding over and over in our head throughout the day can have a calming, or perhaps better put – a re-orienting effect on our day. Whatever the case may have been for you these past several weeks, I pray you are ready to dive back in with a renewed effort at hiding God’s precious Word in our hearts. Before moving on to a synopsis of this week’s passage along with some memory aids, I have included a link to an article to encourage you if your resolve to memorize waned during our break.

The Absolute Necessity of Scripture Memory

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By now you should realize that Peter is writing to Christians who have, or are beginning to, experience persecution. Several passages back, after using quite a bit of ink to build up his recipient’s in the knowledge of who they are in Christ, he launches into instructions for how to conduct themselves in the societal relationships of their day. The main gist in every circumstance is to “do good”. Now, in this chunk of scripture Peter continues to flesh out what “doing good” looks like in the face of unjust suffering. Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember, Week 10

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Peter finishes his exhortations concerning conduct in relationships by writing to husbands (vs7).  The key instruction regarding a believer’s conduct towards government, masters and husbands is to submit. Now, he instructs husbands to live with their wives in an understanding way, but he starts off with the word “likewise,” indicating that he is suggesting like behavior. The like behavior is summarized in verses 9-12, ending with his oft-repeated charge to “do good.”  Verse 8 is a chiasm (illustrated below), with brotherly love in the middle. Notice the pattern: mind (influences) emotion (promotes) LOVE, (influences) emotion, (informs) mind. Continue reading

P2R: the Holiday Break Edition

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

It’s week 10 for Partnering to Remember 1 Peter and I know from talking with many of you that the blessings of memorizing this book are multiplying in your hearts and minds. I also know, and understand, that many of you have not made it to week 10 in your memory moleskins. If this is you, Do Not Be Discouraged! Some weeks are harder than others, our lives are busy, and when once fallen behind it is too easy to fall off entirely.

We are going to use our holiday break from Bible study to slow down with the memorizing. For those who have made it to week 10, continue to recite 1 Peter 1:1 through 3:12 every day, slowing down to examine the promises and the exhortations and where they apply in your life. How is the Holy Spirit challenging you or encouraging you? Where else are these truths popping up in your daily life as you interact with Scripture, with others, and with the Lord in prayer? Settle these passages more firmly in your heart and mind over the holidays, and prepare to pick back up with us and finish strong when the New Year begins.

For those of you who began later or who have fallen behind, use this time to continue moving forward through the memory work. Catch up to week 10 if you can, or as close as you can. If you don’t have someone to listen to your progress each week, find someone to help keep you accountable and encourage you! Call me or Jana if you can’t think of anyone else! Most importantly, don’t give up. We are in this together, and the Word hidden in your heart will be a blessing to you. I can write that with conviction because God’s Word tells me that it’s true.

Jana will be posting her thoughts and encouragement on week 10 early next week. In the meantime, and until next year, keep pressing in to God’s Word through memorizing 1 Peter.

“May grace and peace be multiplied to you.” (1 Peter 1:2)