Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 25

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

This is the final week of our study, and Peter finishes his epistle with strength and conviction. Urging his readers to remain steadfast in their faith and in the truth of God’s Word, based on what God has done for us in Christ, he begins this final section with a “therefore.” This reminds us to look back and consider the context of what he has already written to understand what he is writing here at the end. Continue reading

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 23

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

This week, with the context of Peter’s warnings against the false teachers fresh in our minds, we turn to his encouragement to believers. The broader context of this epistle as we have read thus far has included the certainty of the return of our Lord and the day of judgement, the trustworthiness of the Scriptures, the ultimate punishment of evildoers and the rescue of the godly. Peter now turns to the specifics of the scoffers’ denial of the return of Jesus and encourages his readers to be strengthened in their faith by remembering the prophecies and history of the Scriptures. Continue reading

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 20

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

In last week’s lesson, we studied Peter’s discussion of the apostolic witness to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This week we will look at how that train of thought flows into his discussion of the divine origin of Scripture. Remember, this is important to Peter’s readers—and to us—because of the false teachers who were—and are even still—infiltrating the church with subversive doctrines and attempting to woo believers away from the truth. Continue reading

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 19

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

This week in our study of 2 Peter we are considering the topic of divine revelation. In 1:12-19 Peter urges his readers to remember the truth about their faith and salvation, having just told them to make their calling and election sure; he then writes of the transfiguration of Christ, in which our Lord’s majesty and divine glory were more fully revealed to Peter, James, and John; and then he goes on to write about the more sure prophetic word, the Scriptures, which shine the light of truth into the darkness. Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember, 1 Peter, Week 2

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Rejoicing with joy inexpressible

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

Partnering 2 Remember 1 Peter – Week 1

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

“I have said these things to you that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

Jesus spoke these words to his disciples at the end of his teaching in the upper room, shortly before he was to be arrested and crucified. While he was mostly talking about the persecution the disciples would endure for the sake of following him, his message stands true for all tribulations that come with living in a fallen world. Continue reading

From the Heart, Chapter 9

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

This week we learned that women’s ministry must be based on the sound truth of Scripture. There are too many competing voices in the evangelical world, not to mention the secular world, that are distorting God’s Word. Women’s ministry must aim to ground women in the full-orbed truth of Scripture so that we may grow up in every way in Christ, fulfilling our God given-design as strong “ezers” (helpers) and life-givers rather than hinderers and life-takers. Continue reading