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1 Peter – Week 11

1 Peter – Week 11
August 19, 2016 Stephanie Hills

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.  If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

John 12:24-26 (NASB)

Hello there!

We are praying that you have had a great week in the Word. We hope that you are really enjoying your Bonfires and beginning to have a bittersweet outlook as you round the corner and head for home with your last Bonfire on the horizon.

This week, we have been studying the Lord’s assurance that He will “perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish” us.  Unpacking each of those words makes His promises that much more meaningful and real, but we can’t forget that they come on the heels of “after you have suffered a little while.”  Since we live in a culture that largely promotes avoidance of all types of pain, inconvenience and discomfort, we may downgrade the value of suffering in our walk with Christ.  Not that we need to seek trials—surely, they will come in this broken world—but we have an opportunity to steward our sufferings in ways that cooperate with God’s refining and fruit-bearing purposes in our lives.

We won’t land on this counter-cultural and counter-intuitive mindset without a Spirit-led understanding of God’s Word, however.  Praise Him for the privilege of the Bible and the ability to study it!  May we each strive to submit to His good purposes in our lives, leaning on His Word for guidance and courage, and thanking Him every time the grains of our lives die in order to bear much fruit.

Rejoicing in His truth,
The Word in the Family Team

Creative Ideas ~ For every age!

Family

Plant a garden!

As a family, choose a nice, sunny spot in the yard (or a nice, roomy pot in a sunny window) to make your garden, and pick out seeds for your favorite vegetables or flowers.  Then, practice perseverance together as you water, weed, and wait for fruit!

Don’t forget to take a picture of your family garden and share it on Instagram using the hashtag #1PeterSS!

Disciples - Adult

Sing “Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus”!

This hymn may be very familiar to you, but try to pay attention to the words like you’re hearing them for the very first time.  How does the last verse relate to what you’ve been learning from 1 Peter 5?

Remember to share your thoughts on twitter with others who are studying 1 Peter! Simply use the hashtag #1PeterSS.

Investigators - Middle School

Write yourself a reminder to stand firm!

Copy down an encouraging Bible verse and tack it to your bedroom wall; draw a picture that inspires you to press on and put it up on the fridge; or grab a sharpie and write “stand firm” on the bottoms of your shoes (with your parents’ permission, of course).  Whenever you’re feeling discouraged or tempted to give up, these little reminders will help you persevere!

Take a picture of your reminder and share it on Facebook to encourage others who are studying 1 Peter! Simply use the hashtag #1PeterSS.

Inspectors - Elementary

Apply what you’ve learned about God!

This week finishes up the very last chapter of 1 Peter—good work! Take some time to think about what you’ve learned about God over the past 11 weeks. (It might even help to look back over some of your Day 10 Diagrams.)  What are some of your favorite characteristics that you saw? And how do you think knowing these things about God can help you stand firm in your faith?

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

Explorers - Kindergarten

Eat a piece of fruit together!

Sit your little one down in the kitchen and enjoy a delicious (and healthy!) snack of apples, oranges, pears, grapes, bananas… or whatever kind of fruit you prefer! While you eat, talk about why farmers need patience when growing food.

Capture your snack time on camera share 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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