A LIVING HOPE: The Irresistible Beauty of a Godly Wife 1 Peter 3:1-6

TUESDAY 5/5/20  Read 1 Peter 3:1-6
 
Why is the word “submission” so offensive or difficult for the wife to accept in marriage in today’s culture?
 
What misconceptions does the secular world (sometimes in the church) have towards submission?
 
The first word in verse 1 is “likewise” (ESV)……what does this mean?
 
It’s important we realize that two thousand years ago the husband had absolute control over his wife and children.  Many women had become new followers of Christ and had a new identity (Galatians 3:28, 2 Corinthians 5:7) and a new found freedom in Christ.  Peter is writing to them the importance of godly submission and how they are to live with their non-believing husbands – possibly being the instruments God uses to bring them to Christ.
 
Last week we studied about submission to the government, slaves to masters (employees to employers), and this week is about submission in marriage.
 
Read Ephesians 5:22-25 to better understand God’s plan of submission in the christian marriage.  What is this passage telling the wife?  The husband?
 
Spend time praying for your marriage and the marriages in our church.
 
 
 
Wednesday 5/6/20  1 Peter 3:1-6
 
In verses 1 through 6 Peter writes about three characteristics of the godly wife:
Actions—–Attitude—–Admiration
 
In verses 1 and 2 it speaks of a wife’s actions in the marriage.
 
What is the meaning of these two verses?
 
Describe the actions/conduct of a christian wife who is struggling with submission.  What impact could this have?
 
 Describe the actions/conduct of a christian wife who is respectful and pure in their conduct.  What impact could this have?
 
 
 
THURSDAY 5/7/20  1 Peter 3:1-6
 
In verses 3 and 4 it speaks of a wife’s external appearance – comparing it to the importance of what’s on the inside – character.  Peter is not saying the appearance is not important; however, the heart is what really matters.
 
Glamour fades!  True beauty from the heart grows over the years!
 
Read Galatians 5:22-23 (the Fruit of the Spirit).  Think about the importance of these characteristics.  How could they impact a non-believing mate?
 
Describe the attitude of a “gentle and quiet spirit” which in God’s sight is very precious.
 
Pray for your attitude in your marriage.  Ask the Lord to reveal to you what might need to change.
 
 
 
FRIDAY 5/8/20  1 Peter 3?1-6
 
In verses 5 and 6 it speaks of the importance of godly role models – admiration – encouragement.
 
List secular role models or influence from the world that disturbs or distracts from becoming the godly wife.
 
Name and describe a godly role model from the scriptures.
 
Describe a godly role model that has been in your life or maybe even one you have observed from a distance.  Describe their heart – influence – impact – they have had on you.
 
What difference can an encouraging mate make in your marriage?  One that shows admiration?
 
Peter is saying to witness to your husband (family) through your:
_______________ verses 1-2
_______________verses 3-4
_______________verses 5-6
 
Submitting Your Heart to the Lord!
 
Spend time praying for your actions – attitude – and admiration/encouragement in your marriage (- in your relationships).
 
 
 
SATURDAY 5/9/20
 
Read 1 Peter 3:1-6, 7
 
Spend time on verse 7 – asking the Lord to reveal its meaning in your life.  (also read Ephesians 5:22-25)
 
Pray for the services tomorrow, Sunday May 10th, at 11:00 AM.  (Drive-in Worship and On-line)
 
 
 


A LIVING HOPE – In His Steps “What Would Jesus Do?” 1 Peter 2:13-25

 

TUESDAY 4/28/20  1 PETER 2:13-15
 
What do you think of when you hear the word “submission”?  Why?
 
Why do you think the idea of submission causes so much controversy inside and outside the church today?
 
In verse 13, why does it say we are to submit?
 
Why would Peter be writing to the churches (and to us today) to submit to governing authorities, especially in the setting of his time?  (An emperor, Nero, who was one of the worst persecutors of Christians – torturing and killing them)  Read Romans 13:1-7
 
In verse 15, it says it is the “will of God” for us to do good.  What does Peter say the result of this is?
 
As a follower of Christ, how important is it to you to obey the words Peter (from God) wrote in verses 13 through 15?
 
What Would Jesus Do?
How would He respond to the directive of our government officials today in these present circumstances?
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY 4/29/20  1 PETER 2:16-17
 
“For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil.”  1 Peter 2:16
 
As a believer we have freedom in Christ.  How can this freedom abuse the government institution established by God?
 
Believers are the servants of God, not the servants of their own ideas and thoughts.  We have no right to break the laws of government unless the laws are directly opposing God and His law.
 
Verse 17 has four short commands for every follower of Christ. 
  • Honor everyone.
  • Love your Christian brothers.
  • Fear God!
  • Respect the King!
Compared to the other three commands, what does “fear God” mean?
 
As Christians we are to use discernment in our relationship to government.  At times the right thing to do is to set aside our own privileges; however, government authorities do not have absolute say over our lives!  We are not to participate in evil – if you ever have to make a choice, choose God!
 
What Would Jesus Do?
 
 
 
THURSDAY 4/30/20  1 PETER 2:18-21
 
Peter writes about how both in the good situations and in the unfair situations we are to have a spirit of submission and respect.  Suffering for doing good brings Glory to God!
 
Identify a time when you served in a capacity – doing right/good and suffered for it.
 
“For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you.  He is your example, and you must follow In His Steps.”   1 Peter 2:21
 
What decision or decisions will you be making today or tomorrow?  Take time and ask yourself What would Jesus do in this situation?
Are you willing to follow in His steps?
 
****We encourage you to join us tomorrow in 7 Days of Fasting and Prayer for Spiritual Awakening and Revival
      (May 1 – May 7).  Consider fasting from at least one meal per day (or eliminating something from your life)       
      during this period and set your phone alarm to pray at 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM each day. 
 
       The Prayer Focus will be II Chronicles 7:13-15.  Notice there are four things God tells us we must do and three
       things that God promises He will do.  These seven things will guide prayers each day.
 
 
 
FRIDAY 5/1/20  1 PETER 2:22-25
 
Verses 22-24 :  Identify what Christ has done for you.
 
Verse 25:  Describe what it means to have Christ as your personal Savior and Shepherd.
 
****Join us @ 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM for Prayer!  (See Pastor’s Page for Prayer Guide)
 
 
 
SATURDAY 5/2/20
 
Read 1 Peter 3:1-7
Pray for the Lord to reveal the meaning of these verses to you and how you can apply them in your life.
 
Pray for the services tomorrow at 11:00 AM online and the drive-in worship experience on the parking lot of our church.
 
****Join us @ 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM for Prayer!  (See Pastor’s Page for Prayer Guide)
 
 
 


A LIVING HOPE 1 PETER 2:1-12

A LIVING HOPE
DEVOTIONS
1 PETER 2:1-12
TUESDAY 4/21/20
1 PETER 2:1-3
 
So put away all malice (evil, bitterness, ill-will) and all deceit (misleading, lying) and hypocrisy (pretending, false claims, manipulation) and envy (jealous, covet) and all slander (criticize, judge, gossip, grumble).
 
Which of these sins do you need to personally “put away” – “get rid of”?  Take some time to examine your thoughts, speech, and actions.
By putting away this sin (or sins), how would it affect your life – others – your relationship with Jesus Christ?
 
Describe what characteristic you would put on in place of the sin or sins we are to get rid of.
 
Check out the “7-Day Coronavirus Prayer Guide” by Lifeway under the Pastor’s Page on the Website.
 
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY 4/22/20
1 PETER 1:1-3
 
*  In verses 2 and 3, why does Peter use the wording to “long (crave, desire) for pure spiritual milk”?
*  What is the purpose?
*  What is the result of longing for/craving the pure/unpolluted Word of God for your life?  Psalm 119:103
    Describe the difference of just reading the Word or occasionally going to it –  versus longing for it!
*  How has the Word of God impacted you personally in the past?  How is the Word of God impacting you during 
    this difficult/uncertain time?
 
Meditate on your favorite verse or the verse that is giving you strength and comfort at this time.  Thank the Lod for the Power of His Word!
 
 
 
 
THURSDAY 4/23/20
1 PETER 2:1-8
 
What do you think is meant in verses 4 and 5 by “a living stone”?
 
In the Old Testament the temple was made up of physical stones where God dwelled.  Now after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God is building us, His people, into a spiritual house – a house in which He dwells.  1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 2:19-22
 
Why is the Cornerstone so important in construction of a building?
 
Describe the importance of Christ being the Cornerstone in your life and the Church.
 
Read Ephesians 2:19-22 again.
The Church and our individual lives are to be built on the foundation of Jesus Christ .  In verse 22, it states we are “being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”   Describe a church that has this foundation – together!
 
 
 
 
FRIDAY 4/24/20
1 PETER 2:1-10
 
In the Old Testament times people did not approach God directly.  The priests interceded – they were the only ones who could approach God on behalf of the people.  Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection changed all of that!  We now have direct access to our Lord’s presence.
As a believer, we have the Lord’s presence dwelling in us – the Holy Spirit.
 
In verses 9 and 10, the scripture says He called us “out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
 
Not only does His presence give us eternal salvation, peace, and comfort, but responsibility also.
Describe our/your responsibility as a follower of Christ.
 
Identify how we can be fulfilling those responsibilities during this time in our lives.
 
 
 
 
SATURDAY 4/25/20
1 PETER 2:13-25
 
Pray for the Lord to reveal the meaning of these verses to you and how you can apply them in your life.
 
Pray for the services tomorrow at 11:00 AM online and the Drive-In Worship Experience on the parking lot of our church.
 
 
 


DEVOTIONS: A LIVING HOPE

This past Sunday we celebrated Easter – our Risen Savior!  Who gives us:
*  A Living Hope
*  A Lasting Joy
*  An Eternal Peace
 
WEDNESDAY    4/15/20
Read John 16:16-18    A Living Hope
The disciples were confused with Jesus’ words – they would not understand until after the resurrection that they had a Living Hope in a Resurrected Jesus!  1 Peter 1:3
 
How does the resurrection – knowing you have a risen Savior – a Living Hope – impact:
*Your Life 
*Your Decisions
*Your Actions
*Your Attitude
*Your Witness
 
 
THURSDAY    4/16/20
Read John 16:19-22    A Lasting Joy
Jesus is explaining to His disciples and to us that we can experience a joy in the midst of all that is going on around us.
 
How can we experience joy in the middle of uncertainty – trials – sadness?
 
Read Philippians 4:4-8
Remember Paul is writing this letter to the church while in prison.  (facing death)  Joy is not dependent on our circumstances, but in a Living Hope – Jesus Christ!  An ultimate joy that comes from Christ dwelling in us!
 
Identify something that is consuming you with worry and anxiety!
 
Spend time praying about this and giving it to the Lord.  During this time, praise the Lord for His love and presence in your life.
 
How vital is trust in your relationship with the Lord?
 
What is the greatest enemy to joy in your life?
 
Who has control of your life?
 
 
FRIDAY    4/17/20 
Read John 16:31-33    An Eternal Peace
What does it mean to you knowing Christ has overcome – that He was victorious when He rose from the grave!  That we can experience that victory – that peace?
 
Read John 20:19-22
The disciples are scared – in hiding behind locked doors when Christ appears.  Twice He says “Peace be with you!”
 
How do you think this impacted the disciples 2000 years ago?  How does this impact you today?
 
Read Philippians 4:4-8 again.
Paul speaks of experiencing God’s peace that exceeds anything we can understand.
 
Describe the peace that only Christ can give!
 
How does experiencing this peace – trusting the Lord with your life – giving Him control, impact your heart and mind?
A Living HopeA Lasting Joy – and Eternal Peace because of the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ!
 
 
SATURDAY    4/18/20
Read 1 Peter 2:1-10
What is God saying in this passage?
 
How does it apply to your life?
 
How important is the Word in your life?
 
What is the meaning of Living Stones?
 
 
Spend time in prayer – asking the Lord to speak to you in this passage and to pray for the message Sunday morning at 11:00 AM.


A Living Hope – 1 Peter 1:13-25

Wednesday    4/8/20
 
Think of your lifestyle before you became a christian.  How is your lifestyle different now?
 
Since your conversion (becoming a child of God) how has your spiritual life progressed?
(Describe your spiritual journey)
 
What does it mean to be holy?
 
What motivates us to live righteously?  To pursue holiness – to become more like Christ?
 
In light of what is going on today in our world –  the virus (sickness and death), our lives being turned upside down with uncertain income, social distancing, government and political turmoil, drastic changes daily, and unclear of what the future holds:
 
Describe the hope and comfort found in verses 13-21.
 
What does the word “ransom” mean to you personally in light of this passage?
 
 
 
 
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Thursday    4/9/20    1 Peter 1:13-25
 
Peter gives us five incentives to encourage us to pursue holiness!
 
1.  The Glory of God             (1:13)
2.  The Holiness of God         (1:14-15)
3.  The Word of God              (1:16)
4.  The Judgement of God     (1:17)
5.  The Love of God               (1:18-21)
 
1 Peter 1:22-25
 
Now more than any other time in our lives, the church (us) should rise up seizing this moment to show and share the love of Christ.
 
What is taking place in the world, our lives today, shows how little control we have and how brief our lives are!
 
The one thing we can find comfort, hope, peace and security is in our relationship with Jesus Christ for all eternity!
 
Take a few minutes and write down how having a relationship with Jesus Christ makes a difference in the midst of this crisis and what it would be like without this relationship.
 
“But the Word of the Lord remains forever…”   1 Peter 1:25
 
Focus on the eternal, not the temporary!
 
Share the Living Hope you have in Jesus Christ with others!
 
 
 
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Friday    4/10/20
 
The Crucifixion and Burial     Matthew 27:27-66    John 19
 
Please read and spend time in prayer and meditation.
 
Pray for our Sunday morning Easter worship service online and drive-in experience at church parking lot.
 
 
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Saturday    4/11/20
 
The Resurrection and Commission    Matthew 28    John 20
 
Pray for our Sunday morning Easter worship service online and drive-in experience at church parking lot.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


DEVOTION:  A LIVING HOPE |1 PETER 1:6-12 

WEDNESDAY 4/1/20 1 PETER 1:6

 

In verse 1:6 Peter says..in this you rejoice.  To what is he referring? 

 

Identify a trial you are experiencing or have experienced in the past. 

 

How has the trial impacted your walk with the Lord? 

 

How important is your relationship with Jesus Christ as you walk through these times? 

 

How has this situation affected your personal spiritual life? 

 

 

 

THURSDAY 4/2/20 1 PETER 1:7

 

What role does Peter say trials play in our lives? (1:7) 

 

Look up the following verses and note what each adds to your understanding of the purpose of trials in our lives. 

James 1:2-4, Romans 5:3-4, Romans 8:18 

 

Identify someone in your life that you consider a humble, committed follower of Christ!  Did trials in their life have a major part in shaping their walk with the Lord? 

 

The precious ore is placed in the furnace to eliminate impurities.  (1:7)  Have you gone through an experience realizing some things in your life need to change or were not that important? 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 4/3/20 1 PETER 1:8-12

 

Think of the difference it makes when we passionately love the Lord, trust Him, and rejoice in Him in the midst of our trials——having faith that our future is in His Hands, assured of our salvation and our eternity with with Him! 

 

Describe how the Lord has helped you through a difficult time in your life. 

 

Spend time praising the Lord for how He has been with you in the difficult times and during the present crisis we are experiencing. 

 

Spend time praying that the lost will find a Living Hope in Jesus Christ as we are experiencing this worldwide pandemic. 

 

Pray that the gospel will give people the hope, peace, and salvation that only the Lord can provide. 

 

 

SATURDAY 4/4/20 “A LIVING HOPE”

 

Read 1 PETER 1:13-25 

 

Pray for the Lord to speak to you through this passage. 

 

Pray for the message Sunday morning at 11:00 AM online. 

 

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“A Living Hope” – 1 Peter 1:1-5

Peter is writing a letter of encouragement and hope to Christians 2,000 years ago who were experiencing persecution, hardships and uncertainty —- not knowing how they will survive!

 

The letter is written to Christians today who also need encouragement and hope in the midst of trials, hardships and uncertainty —- not knowing what the future holds here on earth!

THURSDAY | 3/26/20 |  1 PETER 1:1-2

  • Verse 1
      • How does the Word exiles/foreigners/strangers apply to followers of Christ today? (to you?)
      • How could we find hope and encouragement in the meaning of this verse?
  • Verse 2
      • What does it mean to our everyday lives that God plans to make us holy (sanctified?)
      • Describe  a life of obedience to the Lord.
      • What do you need to change in your life to grow in your obedience?
      • Describe God’s Grace and how it applies to you personally.  Ephesians 2:8-10
      • Describe the peace of God and the difference it makes in your life in the midst of panic, confusion, and uncertainty.
      • Identify the blessings and answered prayers given you over the years and praise Him!
      • Praise the Lord for His future blessings and provisions!

PRAYER TIME

Pray for:

  • A cure (physically and spiritually)
  • Those in the medical field
  • Unity in our government and country
  • The CHURCH! Spiritual awakening!
  • First Baptist Church of Huntsville

FRIDAY | 3/27/20 | 1 PETER 1:3-5

  • Verse 3
      • How can our hope in Jesus help us endure trials? (Help us get through the present times?)
      • What are some ways that Christ’s victory over death (the Resurrection) encourages  you?
      • How would your life be different if Christ had not conquered death? Verse 4
      • Describe the inheritance that Peter is speaking of.
      • Compare God’s inheritance to an inheritance we might receive here on earth. 
      • What is the difference?
  • Verse 5
      • Verse 5 is speaking of the assurance of our inheritance — our salvation and eternal life.
      • What are we assured of beyond any doubt of something we might receive or experience here on earth?
      • How does the assurance of salvation and eternal life, a living hope, impact you today?

PRAYER TIME

Describe the living hope God gives us and spend time praising Him for it!

Pray for:

  • A cure (physically and spiritually)
  • Those in the medical field
  • Unity in our government and country
  • The CHURCH! Spiritual Awakening!
  • First Baptist Church of Huntsville
  • An opportunity to share with someone else the Living Hope God has given you!

SATURDAY | 3/28/20 | “A LIVING HOPE”

Read: 1 PETER 1:1-12

Pray for the Lord to speak to you through this passage!

Pray for the message Sunday morning at 11:00 AM online. 

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