Partnering 2 Remember, Week 9

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

In this section, Peter is talking to the wives. This is the third relationship that Peter lists in which the believer is to “be subject.” Everyone is to be subject to governing authorities (wk7), servants are to be subject to their masters (wk8), and finally, wives are to be subject to their own husbands (wk9). Notice that Peter inserts the word ‘own” to further define “husbands.” Paul does the same thing in his letter to the church in Ephesus. It is interesting to note that not every translation uses the word “own,” and I think that is unfortunate, because wives are not called to submit to anyone else’s husband, but their own. This may seem an obvious point, but when you think of the confusion that the feminist movement has heaped on the culture, I think this modifier helps us to understand the overall idea of submission with the emphasis on the relationship role, and not on male/female relationships across the board. I’ll save the rest of the discussion on that for those who are in the Peter study this year. Continue reading

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 8

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

Our passage this week is pivotal to the epistle of 1 Peter. Thus far, Peter has taught us about our gracious, pre-ordained salvation from God the Father; the brevity of our lives, and therefore our trials, in view of the eternality of our living hope and the inheritance kept in heaven for us; the holiness to which we are called—and enabled to live out—by the Holy Spirit; the eternal significance of God’s Word to our salvation; and our identity in Christ: our precious, suffering substitute, and eternal, glorious Lord. We are now going to learn what significance these spiritual realities hold for our daily lives. What difference does all this make when we wake up in the morning and go about our daily lives? Continue reading

Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 8

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By KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

A quote from Derek Thomas set the tone for our class this week.

“…there’s a sense in which these two chapters [10 & 11] are among the most important chapters in the entire New Testament in an understanding of what the nature of God’s purpose in this world is and in our understanding of what the church is, and of what the mission of the church ought to be.”

Since our Women’s Ministry has been focused on ministry in the local church, this was especially timely. We are introduced to Cornelius, who represents the Gentiles who are being welcomed into the Kingdom of God. We see how God reveals his plan of redemption for not only the Jews, but to the Gentiles, to all the earth. Cornelius who is in Caesarea receives a visit from an angel of God who tells him to send to Joppa for the apostle Peter.

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Partnering 2 Remember, Week 8

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

In week 8, Peter continues exhorting Christians concerning their attitude and behavior towards outsiders: this time the focus is on the relationship of a servant to a master.  Slavery has been outlawed, and that is a very good thing. These admonitions are still applicable to many modern-day working relationships. Anytime we find ourselves in the employee role, we can apply these exhortations. Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember, Week 7

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Hello again fellow memorizers. A big thank you goes out to Barbaranne for filling in for me these past several weeks! While I haven’t been blogging, I have kept up with the program of memorization [Kept up? More like, zoomed through! BA]. There is nothing like hiding God’s Word in your heart to get you through trying times! God’s Word never returns void and He always accomplishes the purpose for which He sent it. From before the foundation of the world, my Gracious Master and Lord knew that I would need I Peter 1:1-9 rolling around in my head and heart to comfort and sustain me during these past few weeks. If you are struggling with the program, perhaps having a hard time getting it to “stick,” I encourage you with all my might: do not give up! I can think of few things more precious and more worthwhile than hiding God’s Word in your heart. After all, “All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the grass. The grass withers and the flower falls, but the Word of the Lord remains forever.”[i] Continue reading

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 7

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

Welcome to chapter 2 of 1 Peter! This week in lesson 7, we looked at Peter’s call to us to put off our old community-destroying patterns of mind and heart by immersing ourselves in the Word of God and our new life in the covenant community. It is in this covenant community, as placed by God, that each of us finds our identity and value. Life in the Spirit requires believers to daily put sin to death and live to Christ. Being built into our covenant community is no mere aid to sanctification; it is necessary for full growth into Christ. Each individual believer needs the church, and the church needs them. Putting it more personally, sisters: you need the church, and the church needs you. Continue reading

Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 7

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By KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

In chapters 8 and 9 we see the contrast of inner and outer conflicts in the early church. The persecution of the church ramps up, and Saul of Tarsus is seen as a major figure in this reign of terror against Christians. Stephen had been executed, and fear drove many out of Jerusalem. However, God used this evil to deploy believers throughout the world to spread the Gospel. Continue reading