Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 5

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

This week in our study of 1 Peter we are looking at the role of Scripture in the salvation of God’s people. Our salvation was decreed by God before the foundation of the world; revealed gradually throughout the scriptures of the Old Testament as men called by God prophesied of the coming of Christ, his suffering, and his glorious victory; and it has now been announced to us by those who preach the good news of our risen Lord. This good news, brought to us over the millennia with increasing light and culminating in our new birth, demands from us a response. We who have been made new are to turn away from our former lives and live as obedient children of our Father. This is our lesson in a nutshell; let’s take a closer look. Continue reading

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 4

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 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, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:3-9) Continue reading

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 3

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

In the third week of our study we come at last to First Peter. The best way to begin our study of this letter is to read the whole thing in one sitting. This is, after all, how its first readers would have treated it. It would have been read in its entirety, out loud, to the assembled congregations of the churches to which it was sent. As we read there are several themes which are repeated throughout the letter. Continue reading

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 2

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

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Our first lesson ended at the lowest point in the apostle Peter’s life. He had denied his beloved Master and Lord and we last saw him weeping bitterly. Our lesson this week opens with the scene in which the Lord will restore Peter to his position as leader of the disciples. Easter has come, and the tomb was empty. Peter has seen his Lord on several occasions, but in John 21 we see how Jesus tenderly gathers up the pieces of his broken disciple and puts him back together, turning his fall to the good for him and for the church. Continue reading

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 1, Part 2

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

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As we resume our summary of lesson 1, we pick up in the middle of Luke 22:24-34. Having already discussed the disciples’ arrogance and Jesus’ rebuke that they must humbly serve those they lead, we move to verses 31-34.

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.” Continue reading

Standing in the True Grace of God: Lesson 1, Part 1

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

Welcome to the beginning of our new Bible study! This year we will be focusing on the life, letters, and Lord of the Apostle Peter. We will be learning more about our Heavenly Father, his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the blessed Holy Spirit through the experiences and teachings of the brash, impulsive, bold, and passionate Peter. In this first lesson, we follow along as Peter rises from fisherman to follower, and then falls from fearless spokesman to devastated denier. We will watch as the Lord Jesus molds and shapes the man he has chosen to shepherd his flock. And in these episodes, we will see the love that our Lord, the God-Man, has for Peter, his disciple and friend. We will also see the love that our Savior has for us, as he identified with us in our humanity, humbling himself to serve those he created, gently leading and teaching those to whom he would entrust his flock. Continue reading

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Reminder: Our ladies fall/spring bible studies begin Tuesday morning September 12th at 10 a m and Wednesday evening after the church supper.  

If you are attending our Ladies Study, Standing in the True Grace of God, please have lesson 1 completed when you come to class.

For the Acts study, you will receive folders on Tuesday. Bring your bibles and pens or pencils for note taking.