FRIDAY

READ

1 Peter 2:21-25 

21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.

22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.”23 When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

 

REFLECT

 Q. Is suffering part of God’s plan?

Q. Our Lord’s suffering was redemptive. How could my suffering impact others for Christ?

Q. How can we “live to righteousness”? (vs. 24)

THURSDAY

READ
1 Peter 2:11-20 

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by Him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.

REFLECT

Q. Why does Peter ask us to abstain from “sinful desires”? (vs. 11,12)

Q. What “good deeds” am I involved in? How do they impact non-Christians?

Q. What two measures may be used to determine if our actions are commendable as we relate to those in authority? (vs. 18-20)

THURSDAY

READ
1 Peter 2:11-20

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by Him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.

REFLECT

Q. Why does Peter ask us to abstain from “sinful desires”? (v 11)

Q. What “good deeds” am I involved in? How do they impact non-Christians?

Q. What two measures may be used to determine if our actions are commendable as we relate to those in authority? (vs. 18-20)

WEDNESDAY

READ
1 Peter 2:4-10

2:4 As you come to Him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to Him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” 8 and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

REFLECT

Q. How did God view the “living stone”? (I Peter 2:4)

Q. What promise is found in verse 6?

Q. In your own words what it means to you to be a…
1. Chosen People
2. Royal Priesthood
3. Holy Nation
4. Person of God’s Own Possession
5. Person of God

TUESDAY- April 14, 2015

READ
1 Peter 2:1-3
1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

REFLECT

Q. How does malice affect the Christian journey?

Q. What are examples of slander in our society?

Q. How can Christians avoid these pitfalls? (I Peter 2:2)

Memory Verse

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light- 1Peter 2:9

MONDAY

READ

1 Peter 1:22-25 New International Version (NIV)

22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.

REFLECT

Q. What is the central command that is evident in I Peter 1:22-25?

Q. What are the two conditional phrases that help us complete the command?

(v 22)           

(v 23)           

Q. What is an imperishable tool for Christians to utilize? (vv 23-24)

 

 

FRIDAY

1 Peter 1:17-21

 

Campaign Memory Verse
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light- 1Peter 2:9
READ
1 Peter 1: 17-21 New International Version (NIV)
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through Him you believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

REFLECT

Q. In what ways do people live their lives as though they are at home in this world? What is one concrete area of change where I can live as a stranger in the world?
Q. What are some examples of the “empty way of life” which has been passed down from previous generations? Why would perishable things never be enough to redeem my soul?
Q. What was the cost of redeeming my soul? What does that mean regarding the value of my soul? What does that mean regarding how God sees our empty way of life?

 

THURSDAY

1 Peter 1: 13-16

Campaign Memory Verse
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light- 1Peter 2:9
READ
1 Peter 1: 13-16
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
REFLECT
Q. What are the evil desires that I had when I lived in ignorance? How has the knowledge of the gospel made a difference in my life in terms of dealing with evil desires?
Q. How does the fact that I have a Heavenly Father who is holy motivate me to strive toward holiness?
Q. “Holiness” means not only moral purity but also being “set apart” for a special purpose. What are the areas in my life where I need to be morally pure? What are the areas in my life that I need to be set apart in?

 

WEDNESDAY

Campaign Memory Verse
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light- 1Peter 2:9
READ
1 Peter 1: 8-12
8 Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when He predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

REFLECT

Q. What does the fact that the prophets “searched intently and with greatest care” and that “even angels long to look into these things” tell me about this gospel that I possess?
Q. What are some ways that I devalue the preciousness of the gospel in my life?
Q. What kind of life would best demonstrate the priceless value of the gospel that has come to me?

TUESDAY

1 Peter 1:4-7

Campaign Memory Verse
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light- 1Peter 2:9

READ
1 Peter 1: 4-7 New International Version (NIV)
4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

REFLECT

Q. How is it that a Christian can rejoice even through grief and trial?
Q. What are some things in the world that people work for which will eventually perish, spoil or fade? What is the most valuable thing according to this passage?
Q. How can my faith be proven genuine? How does this shed new light on the difficulties that I might be going through right now?

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