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1 Peter – Week 7

1 Peter – Week 7
July 22, 2016 Stephanie Hills

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:1-2 (NASB)

Greetings Fellow Disciples of Jesus Christ,

Now that we’ve passed the half-way hump of the Sword Study Summer, pause for just a moment to survey the landscape where you are:

  • Has your family learned anything new about God’s Word or about how to study the Bible through digging into 1 Peter inductively?
  • Has anyone committed some new passages to memory?
  • Have you had some sweet times of fellowship as a family or with other Sword Study families?
  • Have you been able to practice living out some of what you’ve learned?

It’s easy to get caught up into “Checkmark Mentality” and be discouraged.  It’s great to allow the Sword Study to be an encouragement and motivator to get into God’s Word, and it’s often an uplifting opportunity to join with likeminded friends for a Gathering.  The Sword Study isn’t the real focus, however.

Remember, this is about life transformation through our relationship with Christ.

It’s about being set apart—sanctified unto Christ—and showing more of His likeness.  The effects will show up in multiple ways—from how we respond when someone says something hurtful to how we explain to someone about why our lives are different in a good way.  It’s about growing stronger in prayer and being prepared to be Christ’s servant in our families and communities because His Truth fills our hearts and minds.

Have fun with the activities, but don’t stop there—you have an eternity of a relationship with Christ to explore and a world full of hurting people to love and serve by His power.   Keep walking with Jesus and the adventure is endless!

Rejoicing in His transformation,
The Word in the Family Team

Creative Ideas ~ For every age!

Family

Make wordless book bracelets!

Gather the family, some string and some colorful beads—then follow the directions on this website to make everyone bracelets that tell the story of the gospel! While you create together, spend some time talking about what each color means, so that everyone understands how to use their bracelet to share the gospel.

Once your project is complete, take a picture of everyone wearing their wordless book bracelets and share it on Instagram using the hashtag #1PeterSS.

Disciples - Adult

Share your testimony with someone!

When we think of the idea of witnessing about Jesus, a lot of us tend to start feeling panicky and glance around for the nearest exit. But did you know that “to witness” simply means, “to have knowledge of an event from personal observation or experience”? When you convey that personal experience to another person, that is giving your testimony.

This is a very powerful tool for presenting any position, because it’s not just about abstract ideas—it’s a story of something that really happened! Take some time to think through and write out your own personal experience with Jesus, and then try to find at least one friend, neighbor, or even total stranger to share it with over the next week.

What opportunities did God open up for you to share your testimony? Tell us about them by tweeting using the hashtag #1PeterSS.

Investigators - Middle School

Write your own gospel tract!

This can be anything from a summary of the gospel in a couple of sentences to a story, activity or quiz with the good news of Jesus tied in. Feel free to get creative with pictures and colorful fonts to help grab the attention of your readers!  Finally, be sure to write your tract on a piece of paper or cardstock small enough to conveniently carry in your pocket or purse until you see an opportunity to give it to someone.

Why not take a picture of your creation and share it with others who are studying 1 Peter? Simply post it on Facebook using the hashtag #1PeterSS!

Inspectors - Elementary

Read Romans chapter 5!

The Gospel is such an important message that even people who are already believers need to be reminded of it again and again! Romans 5 gives us a great summary of the incredible salvation the Father won for us through Jesus “while we were still sinners.”  Find a quiet corner and read through the chapter (or invite your mom or dad to read it with you). Be careful not to just skim over it because you’ve heard it before; take time to think about how it applies to your life.

Did an aspect of the gospel pop out to you in a new way? Tweet about it so others who are studying 1 Peter can be encouraged, too! Simply use the hashtag #1PeterSS.

Explorers - Kindergarten

Make a wordless book!

This tool is a very simple and handy way to share about Jesus with a friend or neighbor. With your mom or dad’s help, follow the directions on this website to make one. Then, go out and find someone to share it with!

Don’t forget to take a picture of your wordless book once it’s done and share it on Instagram using the hashtag #1PeterSS!


Helpful Hints:

Do something different this week! This is often one of the tougher weeks during the summer to keep going, so here are two fun ideas: First, you could try a new game to memorize a passage as a family.

  1. Purchase some inexpensive construction paper and cut 4-5 different colored sheets in fourths.
  2. Choose a passage and write one word per ¼ page.
  3. Lay the pages out with the words facing up.
  4. Then, begin practicing with all the words showing, then slowly flip the pages over to hide words until all the sheets are flipped.
  5. After your children have the verse down, then you can play “hide & seek” with the pages and see how quickly they can put the passage together.

As another idea, consider taking everyone to a local coffee shop or library to quietly finish your Sword Studies in a fresh environment, and then enjoy a treat together or have fun at a playground.

Annual Bonfire News

The Word in the Family Team has been making exciting plans for the Annual Bonfire Event, and we hope you’ll consider making plans to join us in Lexington from September 1st-4th!  More details are available here on this page.

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