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1 Peter – Week 8

1 Peter – Week 8
July 30, 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)

Dear Fellow Warriors of the Lord’s Army,

How are you holding up? The battle is fierce. The battle is raging. There is suffering in our days, and while we are aware that we are not to be surprised, we can become weary. We are reminded that we have Jesus’ example to follow and other believers as encouragement.

In our generally comfortable lives, it is so easy to forget that we are in a war.

Both Peter and Paul make this fact very clear: all of humanity is engaged in a war between those that serve the one true Living God of the Bible and the spiritual forces of evil that are led by Satan.  This great deceiver delights in our forgetfulness…he’s designed an entire world system and series of “schemes” to encourage us to be distracted, discouraged, deceived, divided, tempted, side-lined, and complacent.

If we don’t serve as soldiers of truth and grace in this world, then we aren’t much of a threat to our enemy’s plans, he can keep his many “prisoners of war” (the lost), and God won’t be glorified through our lives in ways that Satan despises.

What joy that we have eternal words of truth to remind us of reality, to train us and to strengthen us in times of spiritual battle!  Our Lord Jesus has secured the final victory over this roaring lion through His death on the cross—so that we can enter the warfare with confidence “in his mighty power.”  Stay alert and stand firm, fellow aliens!

Standing firm in Christ,
The Word in the Family Team

Creative Ideas ~ For every age!

Family

Have a family water balloon battle!

Unreel the garden hose and enjoy a fun afternoon together! Divide up into teams, or play “every man for himself,” and see who can stay the driest—and who gets the most drenched!

Or, if the weather isn’t quite conducive to playing in the water, have a family field day instead. Organize relay races, tug-of-war matches, and even an obstacle course! Then reward everyone’s hard work with a treasure hunt to find a special prize at the end!

Why not share the fun with others who are studying 1 Peter? Just add a favorite photo to Instagram using the hashtag #1PeterSS.

Disciples - Adult

Organize a family sword drill!

Have everyone bring their Bibles, and race each other to see who can find different verses or passages the fastest! Whoever gets there first gets to read the verse.  Put together a list of passages to use in your Sword Drill. Take time to find verses that all relate to a specific theme. One idea would be to choose passages that would be an encouragement when we are fighting temptation or enduring a “fiery trial.”

Share a snapshot of the excitement on Facebook with others who are studying 1 Peter! Simply use the hashtag #1PeterSS.

Investigators - Middle School

Organize a game night!

Plan a fun evening of friendly competition with your family and friends! Choose your favorite board games, cards games, word games, or even outdoor games to make the evening a blast! (And don’t forget about snacks—all that competition will make people hungry!) You could even organize the games into tournaments, and have a special prize for the overall winner!

Don’t forget to capture your fun evening on camera and share it on Facebook using the hashtag #1PeterSS!

Inspectors - Elementary

Teach your family a new game!

Using a deck of cards or pieces from an already existing game, make up something totally new to play with your family! Or, if you’re the artistic type, design your own board game and pieces using cardboard or sturdy paper.  Once you figure out what the object of your game will be, come up with some rules to help it run smoothly and make it more interesting. Then try it out with the rest of your family!

Share a picture of your family enjoying your new game with others who are studying 1 Peter! Simply add it to Instagram using the hashtag #1PeterSS.

Explorers - Kindergarten

Design a first-place ribbon!

Draw the outline of a ribbon on a piece of paper, and then have your mom or dad help you cut it out very carefully. After that, you’re free to decorate it however you want! Most first-place ribbons are blue, but you can use any color—or even a rainbow of shades! Maybe you’ll even use some glitter for an extra-special touch. Once your ribbon is done, hang it up in your room to remind you that we are in a battle—but God is on our team, so we have already won!

Be sure to have your mom or dad take a picture of your ribbon and post it on Instagram using the hashtag #1PeterSS!

Helpful Hints:

Next week everyone will read the vignette at the beginning of their Sword Study Week 9 about Joni Eareckson Tada’s story of God’s grace through suffering. To learn more about her testimony, consider purchasing the DVD of her life. Your family could watch it together at your next Family Bonfire as you discuss what you are learning through 1 Peter.

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