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1 Peter – Week 10

1 Peter – Week 10
August 14, 2016 Stephanie Hills

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 5:3-5 (ESV)

Howdy, friends!

How great it is to know that we have a patient and kind Chief Shepherd. As we disciple our families through the Word and point them to the Lord, it can be a struggle to keep our own eyes fixed on Jesus as we walk through suffering. Carry on, carry on.

Can you think of someone whose character has been refined beautifully through the crucible of suffering? We often admire such people and wish we had their intimacy with Christ, their gracious spirit, and their inspiring perseverance and victory through all kinds of trials.  We may desire the end result of suffering’s work in a believer’s life; yet when we feel the heat of the fire coming near, we sometimes resist rather than cooperate with the Lord’s purposes.

Peter and Paul both remind us of the bigger picture of suffering: this life lasts just a little while, God will use the painful shaping for our good and His glory, and we have an eternal future to anticipate because “God’s love has been poured into our hearts.” As we set our minds consistently on these truths and resist our own flesh and the spirit of the culture around us that deems any kind of suffering as something to be avoided at all costs, we can begin to submit to the refining work of the Master Craftsman and find true rejoicing in His plan and purposes.

Rejoicing because of His love,
The Word in the Family Team

Creative Ideas ~ For every age!

Family

Take a trip to the zoo!

As you visit the different animals, make a point to see the lions.  Then, as a family, discuss why Peter uses this “king of beasts” as a picture of our spiritual enemy.  Does the exhibit have any information about the lion’s hunting habits? Read those together, and compare them with how Satan stalks and captures his “prey.”  What are some practical ways that you can help each other resist him more effectively?

Take a picture of your adventure at the zoo! Maybe you can even capture a shot with a lion in the background! Then share it on Instagram using the hashtag #1PeterSS.

Disciples - Adult

Build up an “arsenal” to resist the enemy!

Remember how Jesus responded when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness? He fought back with the Word of God—and the devil had to back down! The sword of the Spirit is a weapon our enemy simply cannot withstand, and we have the same weapon available for us to use every day!

We learn from 1 Peter 5 that, as long as we are walking after righteousness, we can expect opposition from the enemy.  We need to be prepared to resist him and stand firm in our faith! An arsenal is a storehouse of weapons.  Make your own—either in a notebook or just in your head—and stock it with Bible verses that you can use to resist Satan’s temptations and attacks.

Did you find a verse that was particularly powerful in combating Satan’s schemes? Share about it on Facebook with others who are studying 1 Peter! Simply use the hashtag #1PeterSS.

Investigators - Middle School

Investigate different names for Satan!

In 1 Peter 5, we learned that the devil is like a prowling lion.  Do a little extra Bible study and see what other animals our enemy is compared with.  Feel free to use a Bible dictionary or an online resource to aid your search.  What do each of these different animals teach you about the kind of spiritual enemy we face?

We’d love to hear insights you learned from your study!  Share them on twitter them using the hashtag #1PeterSS.

Inspectors - Elementary

Read Genesis 4:7!

Start by reading Genesis 4:7, then flip your Bible to 1 Peter 5:8-9. Compare what you read in Genesis with how Peter describes our enemy and his tactics.  Which qualities does Peter tell us to have that will help us “rule over” sin?

Share your thoughts with others who are studying 1 Peter! Simply tweet them using the hashtag #1PeterSS.

Explorers - Kindergarten

Color a picture of a prowling lion!

Draw the picture yourself, or have a parent print one out for you.  Then make it come to life with markers, crayons, colored pencils, or even paint! Why do you think Peter compares the devil with a lion in 1 Peter 5? Talk about this with your mom or dad.

Once your picture is finished, have your mom or dad take a picture of it and post it on Instagram using the hashtag #1PeterSS!

Helpful Hints:

  • We now have Week 1 tracing sheets available for your young Explorer or Investigator! Now, your young one can trace the verses recommended for copying in the “Pray, Write, Read” section of each day of Week 1. Download the tracing pages by clicking here for ESV, NASB, NKJV, and KJV.
  • You may have noticed that the key to the 1 Peter 5 Day 10 Diagram was not included in the Parent Guidebook. We apologize for the inconvenience! Never fear, though—we’re including the Day 10 Diagram key here for download.
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