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1 Peter – Week 9

1 Peter – Week 9
August 6, 2016 Stephanie Hills

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

1 John 4:7-11 (KJV)

Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

A passage like the one above becomes richer in meaning as we understand that it is referring to the agape love that we investigated in the Sword Study.  God loved us as His created humanity so much that He became the Divine Initiator, formulating the plan that cost Him so much to draw us to Him even while we were enslaved, rebellious, and hopeless in sin.  His agape love came first, and then we were able to love Him in response.

Since we have been so well loved, it only makes sense that we would reflect the love of our Father back toward Him and toward all those around us.  Imagine a barrel, with a constant inflow of water; the bottom will always stay full while the top overflows to all of the area around it.  This picture represents the fruitful life of a believer who stays in close step with the Lord, accepting His agape love, being fulfilled and overflowing to all those around simultaneously.

Rejoicing in His overflowing love,
The Word in the Family Team

Creative Ideas ~ For every age!

Family

Learn about love languages!

Does someone in your family thrive on encouragement? A thoughtful gift could say “I love you” to one family member more than anything else, or maybe a simple hug is what most brightens their day.  As a family, figure out what makes each person feel loved. Then, over the next week, practice “speaking” each others’ love languages!

What are some of the best ways you found to show love to your family members? Share about them by tweeting using the hashtag #1PeterSS.

Disciples - Adult

Read 1 Corinthians chapter 13!

As you read through 1 Corinthians 13, make a list of everything that love is.  After you’re done, think about this: Jesus is love, and as Christians (Christ-followers) our privilege is to become more like Jesus as He grows us.  So do the things on your list describe you? What can you do to work on demonstrate God’s love better?

Share any new insights you gain with others who are studying 1 Peter! Simply tweet them using the hashtag #1PeterSS.

Investigators - Middle School

Write down what you love about your family!

Put on your thinking cap and spend some time coming up with the things you most appreciate about your family.  Try to find at least two qualities (or quirks) that you love about each person, and write them down.  Then, make a point to tell your parents and siblings how much you appreciate those things!

Sometimes it’s not easy to feel loving towards the people in your family.  When that happens, go back and read through your list, and remind yourself of how much God has blessed you by putting that person in your life.

Why not brag on your family a little bit?  Share some of your favorite things about them by tweeting using the hashtag #1PeterSS.

Inspectors - Elementary

Send a card to a lonely neighbor!

Even if it’s not anywhere close to Valentine’s Day, you can still make someone’s day by sending them a card to let them know that they are special. It would be especially nice to bless someone who is a widow, a college student whose family lives far away, a neighbor or church member who lives by themselves… or anyone else who might be feeling a little lonely! Write and decorate a “Valentine’s-like” card to remind them of how much God loves them.  Your simple gesture will show them God’s love in action!

Share a picture of you making your card with others who are studying 1 Peter! Simply add it to Instagram using the hashtag #1PeterSS.

Explorers - Kindergarten

Draw Valentines for your family members!

Let your parents and siblings know how much you love them by making them each a special Valentine! Use crayons or colored pencils to decorate your card with designs or pictures.  Then surprise your family members with their cards by leaving them in sneaky hiding places—like on their pillow, or tucked into their Bible.

Have your mom or dad take a picture of you making your Valentines, and post it on Instagram using the hashtag #1PeterSS!

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