Partnering 2 Remember 1 Peter, Week 3

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

Welcome to the third week of memorizing 1st Peter! I hope that by now you are finding encouragement in your progress—I know I am. As I am filling in for Jana this week, I will lead you first through how I thought about this week’s portion of scripture, which helps me follow the flow of Peter’s argument. If it makes sense to me I am better able to memorize it. Then I will go over a few “hooks” for memory. Continue reading

Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 3

By KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

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Acts 3:1-4:22.

We had a few verses left in Acts 2 that we needed to finish up from last week. We saw how the church  “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers”(Act 2:42) .  “The church became their life. This was not merely a one-day-a-week activity. This was a whole new way of living. Their entire lives were changed. They had a new purpose in life.” [1]

We finished up chapter 2 and jumped into chapter 3, where we see a wonderful miracle occur. Peter and John approach the temple and are stopped by a lame beggar asking for money. Yet, they give him a gift far greater….he is healed. A man who has never walked in his life, and he begins leaping in the air, praising God, and the people are astonished. And what do the apostles say to them? “It wasn’t us!” Peter tells them it is from the power of the One that the Jews disowned and put to death.

Peter, this man made bold by the Holy Spirit, tells them that this is the One who Moses and the other prophets foretold would come to speak God’s words to them. In fact, would bring salvation to God’s people. And how are Peter and John rewarded for this wonderful healing? 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

Partnering 2 Remember, 1 Peter, Week 2

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

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Hello Friends! I hope your first week of memorizing has gone well. Are you praising God with Peter for all that God has done, and is doing, to you and for you? Do you see that the living hope is the inheritance and the inheritance is our salvation fully revealed?! The riches of this great salvation given to us have been ringing in my heart and head all week, causing me to rejoice! And that takes us right into week two of hiding I Peter in our hearts. Continue reading

Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 2

4By KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

Tuesday we managed to get through most of Acts 2. This chapter is so full of history, theology, application, and remarkable events, that is was difficult to work through it in one lesson. As we saw, an event took place that changed the disciples and gave them power and wisdom to move forward in the founding of the Church.

On the day of Pentecost, 50 days after Passover, the Holy Spirit came to dwell in man, indeed in all believers, as Jesus promised, and was prophesied in Jeremiah 31:33.

 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Those present heard the sound of wind and saw fire over the heads of the believers. Everyone who was a believer was filled with the Holy Spirit. It did not take a special act of consecration. Luke suggests that the only thing that can be said of the disciples themselves is that they were there! This infilling was of God’s initiative rather than on some effort of holiness on the part of the disciples. All believers today have the Holy Spirit.

“You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. “Rom_8:9

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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