A LIVING HOPE: Profile of a Good Shepherd 1 Peter 5:1-4

TUESDAY 6/30/20
This week we are looking at the profile (characteristics) of spiritual leaders in the home and the church.
Throughout the scriptures the Lord gives us a picture of a shepherd caring for – tending – feeding- guiding and protecting his flock of sheep, showing us the necessity and responsibilities of spiritual leadership (the shepherd) and the characteristics and needs of the family and the church (sheep).
Characteristics of Actual Sheep!
Slow to learn, stubborn, tends to wander off from the protection of the shepherd, no sense of direction, unpredictable, restless, demanding, dirty, panics, requires discipline, and even suffering at times learning to obey!
Do you see any similarities in ourselves – our families – Christians – our churches?  Are there any characteristics that might apply more to yourself or your situation (family/church)?
Give the characteristics of an effective spiritual leader in the home (marriage/family).
In the Church.
In closing today, read Psalm 23 – apply to your life and pray through it.
Profile of a Good Shepherd 1 Peter 5:1-4
Peter writes in verse one to exhort – honor – respect elders.  Why would he write this to us, the church – then and today?
Why would this be important?
An elder is someone older, maturing, and with wisdom.  (wisdom being the main characteristic)
Think of someone who has been in your life or is in it who impacted your life with wisdom.  (Normally wisdom comes with time and life experiences)
Describe the individual (or individuals).
Elders were the spiritual leaders of the church and Peter identifies himself as one.  A pastor today would be considered a teaching elder and a shepherd.  The word “elder” would also apply to other spiritual servants of the church. (and can also be a model for spiritual leaders/servants in the home).  Titus 1:5-9
Peter also identifies himself as a “witness” and that he will also share in the Glory of Jesus Christ.
Peter had to learn to stand firm in an evil world in the thirty years since the crucifixion and resurrection.  Think of his short-comings years before and how the Lord brought him to the point of sharing wisdom and writing these letters to the churches.
What keeps us from listening and seeking wisdom?  Ask yourself.  How close is your personal relationship with the Lord?  Are you walking with Him and growing in Him?
Spend today praying for a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ and that He will give you the wisdom you need for this life.
Profile of a Good Shepherd 1 Peter 5:1-4
As you read verses two and three today, apply it to the shepherd of a church and to the spiritual leader of the home.
Describe how each of the following should be carried out in the home and the church.
Acts 20:28
Leading/Caring For
John 15:3-7, Proverbs 3:5-6
Be An Example
John 13:15, Mark 10:42-44, 1 Timothy 4:12
As you close in prayer today, read the “Fruit of the Spirit” – Galatians 5:22-23.  How important is it that we pursue these characteristics as a shepherd and part of the flock?
FRIDAY 7/3/20
Profile of a Good Shepherd 1 Peter 5:1-4
After reading this passage today and concentrating on verse four, what should our motivation be?
Read 1 Corinthians 9:25 and James 1:12.
Verse four says “you will receive the unfading crown of glory” – eternal – unending – unchanging!
Spend time thinking what that means to you and pray for a Desire to Please Christ Alone!
Spend time today in prayer for:
  • Protection for the health of our members, their families and friends, and our nation from Covid-19.
  • Pray for our country!  Pray for the presence of God to overcome all of the evil and chaos!
  • Pray for spiritual leaders in our cities, states, and in Washington D.C.- that the Lord will give them wisdom               and boldness.
  • Pray for spiritual awakening across our country and throughout the world.
  • Pray for the message tomorrow (Sunday) on Humility (1 Peter 5:5-7).
  • Pray for an uncommon unity and a growing desire for the Lord among the people of First Baptist Church!
  • Pray that the distractions and changes will not hinder our spiritual growth but drive us deeper into the Arms of       the Lord!

A LIVING HOPE: Suffering As a Follower of Christ 1 Peter 4:12-19

TUESDAY 6/23/20   1 Peter 4:12-19
As you read this passage, identify times in the past when you may have experienced a certain amount of persecution (opposition or negative response) to your faith in Jesus Christ.  This could have been at work, school, neighborhood, and even within your family.
In verse 12 Peter writes that believers are not to be surprised, but expect suffering.
When a Christian grows in their spiritual life (growing in the fruit of the spirit – Galatians 5:22-23 – transforming into the “mind of Christ” – Romans 23:1-2), why does the non-believing world respond negatively to growing, authentic believers?
Verse 12 also speaks of trials that test us – trials that we face because of our faithfulness to God – not trials brought upon us due to our sins and disobedience.
Read 1 Peter 1:6-7.  Visualize the process of refining fires purifying precious metals – relate to believers walking through the trials (fires) of life.  How do they impact our spiritual lives?
Spend time today praying that you would have the same response Jesus would have as He faced persecution or opposition.  (The same heart and mind of Christ)  Don’t be surprised!  Expect suffering!
WEDNESDAY 6/24/20  1 Peter 4:12-19
In verses 13 and 14 Peter writes that we are to rejoice (2 times), be glad, and are blessed when we share in Christ’s sufferings.
Read Philippians 1:29, 3:10.
Why should we have the attitude described in verses 13 and 14?
Read Daniel 3:22-25, Isaiah 41:10 and Isaiah 43:2.  What encouragement do you find in these passages?  Why?
Read John 16:20-22.
How does the picture of a woman giving birth show how suffering can bring Glory to God?
Spend time praying today that the Holy Spirit would give you the strength you need to walk through trials (maybe a trial you are experiencing at this time.)  That during this time, you would bring Glory to the Lord!
THURSDAY 6/25/20  1 Peter 4:12-19
After reading verses 15 and 16, is there something that needs to change in your life?
Something that is bringing conflict or suffering due to disobedience or sin?
Is your interaction – reaction – attitude Christ-like in your day to day situations?
Verse 15 mentions meddler.  Does this apply to you?  (or has it in the past?)
Is your life glorifying the name of Christ?
Read Romans 1:16, Philippians 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 1:12.
Spend time praying today that you would bring Glory to the name — JESUS!
Examine your life – be selective!
FRIDAY 6/26/20  1 Peter 4:12-19
As you read verses 17 and 18, it is stated that judgment is to begin in the household of God.
God’s judgment is often pictured as beginning with God’s household, with His own people, as a means of purifying them.
How can this impact the lost?
Times of persecution are times of opportunity to witness to those who persecute.
Read Acts 16:16-40.
Think about the opportunity Paul and Silas seized to witness.
Spend time praying today that we would entrust (commit) our souls to God’s will while doing good.  (verse 19)
The Purging/Purifying work of God!  Committing to our creator – keep doing good!
SATURDAY 6/27/20  1 Peter 4:12-19
Spend time praying for First Baptist Church and yourself that we would passionately pursue a deeper relationship with the Lord that glorifies His name to a lost world.
Pray for desire – repentance – humility – commitment – uncommon unity and love.  Pray for a move of God in our lives and First Baptist Church that impacts Madison County and beyond!
Pray for the Worship Service tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. as we go through the passage of 1 Peter 5:1-4.

A LIVING HOPE: The Rest of Your Time! 1 Peter 4:7-11

TUESDAY 6/16/20
Verse 7 opens with “The end of all things is at hand;”
What is the meaning of this?
Christ came to earth 2,000 years ago and after 33 years, He died on a cross for our sins that we may choose forgiveness.  He died in our place that we could have a relationship with the Father.
The last days began at Christ’s coming 2,000 years ago and will end upon His return (second coming).  Read 1 Thessalonians 8:2, Matthew 24:36, Matthew 25:13.
No one knows the date and time of His return, but as Christians we should live each day as He is returning at anytime!
Describe how we should be using the rest of our time here on earth!  What do you think Christ desires from us?
Verse one also tells us to be self-controlled and sober-minded – for what reason?
Describe being sober-minded.
How important are these traits to your prayer life?
Describe the importance of prayer in your relationship with Jesus Christ and in making the most of the rest of your time for the Kingdom of God.
WEDNESDAY 6/17/20  1 Peter 4:7-11
Verse 8 says “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (ESV)
The key thought in verse 8 is “loving one another”!  How important is this to you – to our church – to Jesus Christ?
How can “loving one another” help us in times of suffering?
Read Mark 12:30-31, 1 Corinthians 13:13, Proverbs 10:12.
How can “loving one another” overcome conflict and disagreements?
How can “loving one another” help us forgive -having the same type of love Christ has for us?  John 13:34
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:35 (ESV)
When the world sees us – the church living out this type of love – how might it impact them?
Think of one change you can make today to help invest more of your time in God’s work.
THURSDAY 6/18/20  1 Peter 4:7-11
“Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.”  1 Peter 4:9 (ESV)
Define hospitality.
When have you been shown hospitality in a time of need?
What is the difference between hospitality and entertaining?
How are some of the ways hospitality might cost you?  (financially, time, emotionally)
How might it impact the one or ones receiving the hospitality?
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:35 (ESV)
Think of an opportunity or time you might show hospitality to someone in the near future.  
Pray for God to use you in this person’s (or persons’) life.
FRIDAY  6/19/20  1 Peter 4:7-11
In verse 9 it speaks of using our spiritual gift to save others.
Read Romans 12:4-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 to help identify your spiritual gift.
Are you using the spiritual gift the Lord has given you to serve others?
Every believer has at least one spiritual gift, given to us to serve others, by the Lord.  Some gifts are noticed and some are not; however, each gift is important and enables us to serve one another!
Where does our strength to serve come from?  (verse 11)
Working and serving together (and serving each other) as a body of believers (a church) glorifies the Lord!
Describe a church that serves one another, and the impact that has on those outside the Church.
Pray!  “…in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.  To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever.  Amen.”  1 Peter 4:11b (ESV)
SATURDAY 6/20/20
Pray that you will become intentional in using your Time for the glory of God in these Last Days!
Pray Harder!
Love One Another!
Serve One Another!
For the Purpose of Glorifying God!
Pray for Sunday, June 21st, 11:00 a.m. message.  1 Peter 4:12-19
Pray for our Country!!!


TUESDAY 6/9/20  TIME – 1 Peter 4:1-6
  • How important is your TIME to yourself?
  • How important is your TIME as a follower of Christ to our heavenly Father?
  • Think about the previous day – did you waste any of your time?  What could you have done differently that would impact your relationship with the Lord?   
In verse one, Peter says we are to arm ourselves with the same way of thinking (attitude) as Jesus Christ.
Read Philippians 2:5-11, Romans 2:2, 1 Corinthians 2:16.
What happens when we begin to desire the “mind of Christ” – to follow His examples – to pursue the Fruit of the Spirit?  (Galatians 5:22-23)  
Spend time praying for the discipline and desire for the Holy Spirit to guide you and direct you in the Time you have left.
WEDNESDAY 6/10/20   TIME – 1 Peter 4:1-6
1 Peter 4:1 says we are to resist sin!  Identify sins or activities (or attitudes) you need to delete from your life.
If you commit to making these changes – resisting sin – how does this impact your time?
1 Peter 4:2 says we are to live the rest of our time for the Will of God!
What does the will of God mean to you?
y do we experience an ongoing battle between our will and pursuing (surrendering to) God’s will?  Identify your greatest area of struggle.  (If unable to, ask the Lord to reveal to you what you place over God’s will.  Matthew 6:33
How do you pursue and desire God’s will in your life?  Is it just something that happens?  What needs to take place in your heart – your relationship with Jesus Christ?
THURSDAY 6/11/20  TIME – 1 Peter 4:1-6
1 Peter 4:3 speaks of evil and immoral activities – how we are to let go the past!
What things in your past have you struggled with?  Has your past distracted you, kept you from growing spiritually or serving the Lord?
Satan often uses guilt to make us ineffective even after we have received forgiveness from the Lord!
Read Philippians 3:12-14.  Paul states we are to focus on “one thing” – Jesus Christ forgetting the past!
Spend time praying today that the Lord will give you the strength to let go of the past and pursue the will of God for the rest of your time.
FRIDAY 6/12/20  1 Peter 4:1-6
1 Peter 4:4-6 speaks of reaching the lost!  The gospel is to be preached to all the world!  Matthew 28:18-20
Do you have co-workers, neighbors, friends, or family members who do not understand your faith in Jesus Christ?  How do they respond to you!
Have compassion for them!  Pray for them!  Love them!  Serve them!  Have patience!  Continue to pray!
It is not our place to judge, but one day the Lord will judge both Christians and non-Christians.
Remember they are blind!  1 Corinthians 4:3-4  Remember they are dead!  Ephesians 2:1-2
They need truth – Light – Hope!
Pray for opportunities to share the Gospel!  Pray for the lost!
Pray for a sense of urging in our lives and our church to reach the lost!
Spend TIME today praying for the services tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. and the 12:00 PM FBC Kidz Hour.
Read and pray through 1 Peter 4:7-11.
Pray for our people to return to worship together in Spirit and in Truth!

A LIVING HOPE:The Ministry of Christ 1 Peter 3:18-22

TUESDAY 6/2/20  
Read 1 Peter 3:13-17 from last week.
Think of how this passage applies to your life personally.
  • How much harm or persecution for your faith have you experienced?
  • How did you respond?
  • Were you prepared?
What are your thoughts on verse 17?
If the possibility of suffering or persecution seems overwhelming, how does it compare to verse 18?
Read 1 Peter 3:18-22
Apply verse 18 to your life.  What does it mean to you personally?
Think of the suffering Christ did before the cross and on the cross –  (six illegal trials, betrayal, denial, falsely accused, beaten beyond recognition, mocking, and experiencing the horrible torture of the cross) – with the worst taking on the sins of the world and being separated from the Father.
Do you fully understand that Christ took our place – died for us – the righteous for the unrighteous?  This enables us to have a relationship with God the Father through the Sacrifice of His Son – Jesus Christ!
Hebrews 9:24:28, Ephesians 2:18, Ephesians 2:12
Read 1 Peter 3:18-22
Meditate on the statement, “The very worst thing that did happen became the very best thing that did happen.”
What does the Resurrection mean personally to you?  Hebrews 7:25, John 19:30
Why do we often struggle with living out our faith?  Do we live like we have a “Living Hope” in Jesus Christ?
Romans 8:18
Read Revelation 21:3-4 – Think of what we have ahead for us in Heaven!
FRIDAY 6/5/20
1 Peter 3:18-22
Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ we can share in the victory over death – over Satan.
How should you be living your life if you are a true follower of Christ?  Realize that He took our place so we can experience salvation and eternal life.
Noah built the ark for 120 years and never had a convert.  Hebrews 11:7 speaks of Noah’s faith – when from the outside it looks like he would be considered a failure.
The Lord desires our faithfulness – our total commitment – all of our heart!  How can we give Him anything less?  Read verse 18 again.
His suffering leads to Jesus being exalted!  Our suffering leads us to share in His Glory!
Our suffering is not worthy to be compared to the suffering of Christ!
Read Ephesians 6:10-18.  Pray for strength to stand firm in the Lord in the midst of spiritual warfare.
Read 1 Peter 4:1-11
Pray for understanding of this passage and how to live it out.
Pray for the services tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

A LIVING HOPE: When Holiness Meets Opposition 1 Peter 3:13-17

TUESDAY 5/26/20
Review – Read 1 Peter 3:8-12
List the five characteristics in verse 8 that believers are to have.
Vs. 10  Why is the tongue so dangerous?
Give an example when your tongue got you in trouble or caused division.
Vs. 11  We are to be Peace Makers!
Read 1 Peter 3:13-17
Identify situations or environments in your life where non-believers are watching your actions and reactions to different circumstances.
How important is it as believers to live out 1 Peter 3:8-13 among other believers and in the presence of non-believers?
Think of the spiritual impact you can have on the church and as a witness to the lost.
WEDNESDAY 5/27/20  1 Peter 3:13-17
Vs. 13-14  Describe a situation in your life where you have experienced some type of opposition because you are a Christian.  (slander, negative responses- possibly affecting your position or status at work or school or your relationships)
Verse 14 says we will be blessed when we live righteously even if we suffer.  The blessings if not experienced now will come in eternity with our Heavenly Father. 
Have you experienced blessings in your life for living righteously – for doing good to believers and non-believers?  (Identify)
Identify a time or situation where you have served or helped in some way and did not receive a blessing.  Instead you experienced opposition and criticism.
If you could live out the situation again, would you still serve or help knowing there would not be any blessings now – possibly even experiencing opposition?
Read John 3:19-20, Ephesians 5:11-13
Light exposes darkness.  Righteousness exposes unrighteousness.
THURSDAY 5/28/20  1 Peter 3:13-17
Identify things you participate in that are good and helpful for others.  
Identify things the church (First Baptist Church) does to serve and help others.
Verses 14 and 15 “tells us not to fear or be troubled … but, in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy,” 
How difficult is this for you?
Can you explain/share with others why you believe what you believe?  We are to be ready – prepared to share with others.  
It is vital we share or hope in Jesus Christ with gentleness and respect.
FRIDAY 5/29/20  1 Peter 3:13-17
Verse 16 speaks of the importance to our spiritual life and the witness to others of having a good conscience!
Read Acts 23:1, 1 John 1:9, Proverbs 3:5-6, Philippians 4:6-7
After reading these passages, how important is it that we have clear consciences?
Identify things you are convicted of that need to be given to the Lord.
A clear conscience will help you face a hostile world – knowing the truth and living the truth even when attacked and slandered.
Spend time praying for a clear conscience that only the Lord can give you and the wisdom and boldness to share the hope you have in Jesus Christ.
SATURDAY 5/30/20
Read 1 Peter 3:18-22
Pray through this passage and pray for the worship service tomorrow, Sunday May 31st, at 11:00 a.m. in the Family Life Center.

A LIVING HOPE: Attraction! 1 Peter 3:8-12

TUESDAY 5/19/20  1 PETER 3:8-12
What type of people do you like to be around — spend time with?
What characteristics are in the lives of Christians that you like to spend time with?  Why do these characteristics attract you?
Describe the characteristics of someone who claims to be a Christian, but is someone who you do not desire to be around.
Describe a church that attracts — both the lost and believers.
In verse 8 Peter lists five characteristics all believers are to have.  Describe a church that lives out these five characteristics.
WEDNESDAY 5/20/20  1 PETER 3:8-13
Attitude!  Verse 8
Reading verse 8, put in your own words the meaning of each of the five characteristics.
  • Unity of Mind ______________________________________________
  • Sympathy _________________________________________________
  • Brotherly Love _____________________________________________
  • A Tender Heart _____________________________________________
  • A Humble Mind _____________________________________________
How important is it to you personally to have these characteristics?
How important is it for the Church to have these characteristics?  
Which characteristics do you need to work on personally?
Unity — Sympathy — Love As Brothers — Be Tender-Hearted — Humility — the Proof of Your Love 
John 13:34-35
THURSDAY 5/21/20  1 PETER 3:8-13
Our Response!  Verse 9
How do you respond when someone insults you?
How do you respond when someone criticizes you?
What if someone cheats you?  Lies about you?
We live in a culture that is often hostile towards believers!  Have you experienced criticism or opposition due to your faith in Jesus Christ?
In verse 9 what does Peter instruct believers to do in these situations?
Be intentional!  Follow Peter’s instructions in a situation as described above.  See what their response is.
FRIDAY 5/22/20  1 PETER 3:8-13
Our Motivation!  Verses 9-12
Verse 10 — Have you ever said things that you wish you could take back?
Read James 3:3-10
Why is the tongue so hard to control?
Why is the tongue so devastating when not controlled?
In verse 11 what are we supposed to turn from?  (Identify at least one thing you personally need to turn from.)
What are we to do when we turn from evil?
What are we to pursue (verse 11) as believers?  Read Matthew 5:9, 2 Corinthians 13:11
What is our motivation to turn from evil, to control our tongue, and to develop the five characteristics in verse 8?
SATURDAY 5/23/20
Read 1 Peter 3:13-17
Pray for the Lord to reveal the meaning of this passage to you.
Apply the scripture to your life.  What is the Lord calling you to do?
Pray for the services Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m.
Drive-In Worship (Weather Permitting) and we will also be Live on facebook@huntsvillefirstbaptist at 11:00 a.m.

A LIVING HOPE: The Four-Sided Fortress

TUESDAY 5/12/20  READ 1 PETER 3:1-7
Why did Peter devote more space to instructing the wives (6 verses) than the husbands (1 verse)?
Because the Christian wives were experiencing a whole new situation and needed guidance.  In the Roman Empire husbands had absolute control over their wives and children, and as many wives became followers of Christ, their new freedom in Christ created new problems and challenges.  Many of the husbands were unsaved and the wives needed extra encouragement and enlightenment in the importance of submission, and how the Lord could use their submission to witness to their husbands.
As Peter writes to the husbands in verse 7, he reminds them of four areas of responsibility in their relationship with their wives.  
Submission is Mutual!
Why does Peter begin verses 1 and 7 with the word “likewise”?(ESV)  (The NLT uses the words “in the same way”)  See 1 Peter 2:13-14, 18, 21
Read Ephesians 5:21 and 22-33
What is the meaning of Ephesians 5:21?
In verse 22 Paul instructs the wives to submit to the husband.  
In verse 25 what is Paul telling the husband to do?
What type of love is this?
As a husband are you expressing this type of love to your wife?
As a wife how are you responding to your husband?
WEDNESDAY 5/13/20  1 PETER 3:7  
“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”
What does it mean to live “in an understanding way”?
If you are married, how is your mate different from you?
What are things they enjoy?
What are things that bother or stress them?
What do you need to do to understand your mate more?
What difference to your marriage could it make?
THURSDAY, 5/14/20
“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”
What does it mean to show honor to your mate?
Identify times you fail to show honor or respect in your relationship to your mate?
What can you do to show more honor and respect to your mate?
What do the words “weaker vessel” mean?
Is it intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, or physically?
Peter was writing in the context that the wife is weaker physically.
How can a husband support and encourage his wife in this area?
FRIDAY 5/15/20
“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”
What does it mean that as husband and wife you are heirs together?
How are our prayers hindered or interrupted in our relationship and communication with our heavenly Father?
List some possible reasons this could happen in your marriage.
What is the danger (possible consequences) of unforgiveness in a marriage relationship?
What is the meaning of Matthew 6:14-15?
Submission – understanding – honor/respect – pray for each other!
Seek the Lord together and make Him the fortress/foundation of your marriage!
SATURDAY 5/16/20
Read 1 Peter 3:8-12
Ask the Lord to reveal to you the meaning of this passage and apply it to your life.
Pray for the service tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.  – Drive-In Worship Service (weather permitting) or stream live on Huntsville FBC’s Facebook Page Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

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:
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).
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)
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)