Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 13

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

This post is a week late. Last week we had the Grand Boys for four days. So, exactly when I ought to be writing up the post for our lesson on 1 Peter 4:1-11, I was chasing a five-year old and a two-year old from one activity to another, feeding them, cleaning up after them (well, sorta…), and falling exhausted into bed as soon as I’d said, “nighty-night.” I hope the tardiness of this post and the rush to get it out haven’t muddied the message.   Continue reading

Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 12

4By KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

We see in this chapter different ways God leads his people. He opens doors, He closes doors, He shows us needs, He uses circumstances and counselors, and of course He uses his revealed will, scripture. At the end of this post I have included a short excerpt from Tabletalk that addresses God’s will much better than I am able.

Today we met Timothy, a young believer  who was the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer and a Greek father. And after the conflict in the last chapter about circumcision, it seems surprising that Paul decides to circumcise Timothy. However, Timothy, because of his Jewish mother would be considered a Jew, but being uncircumcised could be a stumbling block in ministry. This was not a salvation issue, but a way for Timothy to be accepted as a  Jew. 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

Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 11

4BY KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

Today we worked our way through Acts 15 and the First Church Council. This chapter is loaded with important theological lessons, especially the teaching that the Gospel is the only way to salvation. In Genesis 17, we see where God commanded that all men of Israel, and their slave and those in their employ, would be circumcised. This was a sign that they were God’s people and distinctly different from pagans.

Jewish Christians were insisting that gentile believers in Antioch must be circumcised to be saved. Paul, Barnabas, Peter and others congregated in Jerusalem to decide the matter for the church. Paul had earlier reproved Peter for withdrawing his fellowship with gentiles. Yet now, Peter has a great moment.

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Partnering 2 Remember 1 Peter, week 13

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By JANAHENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Greetings fellow memorizers! In this week’s passage, Peter wraps up his encouragement to those who suffer for righteousness sake. He reminds them once again that Christ suffered in the flesh, encouraging them to have the same mindset as Christ. He also reminds them that those who malign them for doing good and refusing to join in sinful revelry will have to answer to God for what they have done. Everyone will have to answer to the judge of all men for their deeds. And of course, we know that we are all sinners and deserve death, but Peter reminds us that the gospel has been preached to everyone, even those people who lived long ago that are now dead. According to DA Carson, and it makes sense to me, 4:6 refers back to what Peter was talking about in 3:20.

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Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 12, part 2

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

The post for lesson 12, part 1 ended not only mid-lesson, but also mid-sentence and mid-verse! In 1 Peter 3:18, Peter pivots from Christ’s substitutionary atonement on the cross to something else Christ has done—and the rest of the sentence, which goes through verse 20, has confounded interpreters and theologians for centuries. What exactly did he do, when and how did he do it? In this post we may not solve the riddle which Peter here sets before us, but we will survey the options. We will also finish the lesson with the discussion of baptism into which Peter segues after writing about Noah. To cover this portion of Scripture in more depth than the study questions have, we will be going off-road, so, fasten your seatbelts as we take a wild ride through the tangled brush of theological history. Continue reading

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 12, part 1

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

This week we are studying 1 Peter 3:13-22, which begins with Peter’s instructions and encouragements for Christians who are suffering for their faith. He addressed suffering earlier in his letter in more general terms, when he wrote, “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials” (1:6). He encouraged his readers in their variety of trials that, whatever the cause of their suffering, it served a higher purpose: to purify their faith and bring “praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (7). But now he narrows his focus to distinctively Christian suffering, because that is the cauldron in which they increasingly find themselves. Continue reading