MARKED MEN 2 Peter 2:10-16 9/1/20 – 9/5/20

 TUESDAY 9/1/20  2 Peter 2:10-16
 
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off in to myths.”  2 Timothy 4:3-4 ESV
 
Explain the meaning of this verse.  What are many people looking for?  Why?
 
Are you aware of people who have rejected the truth of the Bible?
 
Read Acts 2:42, Matthew 7:28-29, John 7:16-17
 
How important is sound biblical teaching?
 
What is doctrine?  How important is doctrine to you?  (biblical beliefs/teaching)
 
When churches are soft on doctrine, it creates an environment where false teaching can easily come in!
 
Spend time praying today for a desire for God’s Word – to spend time in it, and for understanding and application.  Pray that our individual lives and our church will be built only on the foundation of the Word!
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY  9/2/20  2 Peter 2:10-16
 
In verse ten Peter states two characteristics of false teachers:
“those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion”
“and despise authority”
 
Read Jude 18
What does this verse say the purpose in life is of false teachers?
 
The combination of lust and despising authority create Pride and Arrogance!
 
Read verses 10 through 12
The scripture says that even angels did not dare to charge evil supernatural beings with blasphemy, but the false teachers were so arrogant they did not hesitate to do so!  They were taking Satan’s power lightly and claiming to have the ability to judge evil.  (Read Jude 8-9)
 
In Jude 8 and 9 who does the archangel Michael leave judgement to?
 
Verse 12 describes the false teachers as irrational (unthinking) – creatures of instinct.  (Read 2 Peter 2:22)
 
How would you describe the character of a false teacher based on 2 Peter 2:10-12 and verse 22?
 
Spend time today praying for wisdom and discernment in your spiritual life.
 
 
 
THURSDAY  9/3/20  2 Peter 2:10-16
 
As you read verse 13, “their wrongdoing” is at the cost of others!
 
Give examples of how they take advantage of people!
 
Verse 13 also says they are deceptive!  What are some of the ways false teachers entice and trap people?
 
In verse 14 Peter says they:
Satisfy their own lusts
Entice and trap converts
Are trained in greed!
 
Identify the targets (individuals) they can more easily entice and trap.
 
Describe the importance of discipleship and biblical teaching in individual lives and in the church.
 
Spend time today praying for a burning desire for discipleship – for a heart like clay that can be shaped and used for the Glory of God!  Pray that we will remain in the Lord’s Hands!
 
 
 
FRIDAY  9/4/20  2 Peter 2:10-17
 
In verses 15 and 16 Peter refers to Balaam in the Old Testament who was a false teacher/prophet – for the love of money.  Balaam used religion for personal advancement, a sin that God does not take lightly.
 
The Lord used a donkey to restrain Balaam – “a speechless donkey spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.”  (Numbers 2:2)
 
The Lord saves Israel at this time; however, Israel later compromises their beliefs and experience discipline from the Lord.
 
How is our nation- various churches – across America compromising today?
 
How does the Lord view compromise in the believer’s life?  Read Matthew 6:24
 
Read Matthew 7:13-14.  There is only one way to Eternal Life (John 14:6) and only a few decide to walk that road.
 
Today pray through Matthew 7:24-27.  Pray that your life and your family will be built on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
 
 
 
SATURDAY  9/5/20  2 Peter 2:17-22
 
Spend time today praying for:
The message tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. on 2 Peter 2:17-22.
Spiritual Awakening!  In our lives, our church, and our country!
 
 


BEWARE OF COUNTERFEITS! 2 Peter 2:1-9 August 25-29

TUESDAY  8/25/20  2 Peter 2:1-9
 
How would you feel if you invested all of your savings in a fraudulent company?  You lost all you had saved for the future?
 
How would you feel if your friend, husband or wife, or your children were led astray by a false teacher?  Following a counterfeit belief?
 
What are some of the false teachings in our culture today?
 
How are these teachings affecting the Church today?
 
Read 2 Peter 2:1-3 – Four Tactics of False Prophets
  • What do false prophets bring in? ____________________ verse 1
  • What do false prophets deny? ____________________ verse 1
  • What do false prophets follow/pursue? ____________________ verse 2
  • False prophets are consumed with ____________________! verse 3                                                                    
Spend time today praying for the Word and the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and discernment in today’s culture and teaching — revealing Truth and discerning false words.
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY  8/26/20  2 Peter 2:1-9
 
False teachers exploit you with false words (from the Greek word “plastos” – from which we get the English word “plastic“) that can be twisted to mean anything they want!  verse 3
 
False teachers follow the same pattern as Satan when he deceived Eve – Genesis 3:1-6.
  • First – He questioned God’s Word.  Genesis 3:1
  • Second – He denied God’s Word.  Genesis 3:4
  • Third – He substituted his own lie.  Genesis 3:4                                                                                                
Identify a false teaching you have heard or experienced that follows these three steps.
 
Why are people accepting these teachings?
 
 
 
THURSDAY  8/27/20  2 Peter 2:1-9
 
Read 2 Timothy 4:3-4
 
How important is doctrine?  Sound teaching?
 
Why do some churches (people) desire to hear things that will not challenge or convict?
 
Describe teachings that are considered comfortable – non-challenging – requiring very little commitment.
 
What is the end result of false teaching?  2 Peter 2:3b, 4-6
 
Peter gives three examples of judgement.
  • verse 4 ____________________
  • verse 5 ____________________
  • verse 6 ____________________
 
Describe the world before the flood!
 
Describe the morals of Sodom and Gomorrah!
 
Contrast these two examples to today’s culture and morals.
 
Spend time praying that individually and as a church we will stand firm on the Word of God.
*That the value of doctrine and sound teaching will be taught in the home and the church.
 
 
 
FRIDAY  8/28/20  2 Peter 2:1-9
 
Jesus Christ – “A Living Hope”  1 Peter 1:3-4, John 14:1-6
 
True believers delivered!  2 Peter 2:5-9a
Why were Noah and Lot delivered from judgement?
 
Define compromise!
 
Why do we see believers compromising their faith?
What are some of the influences/temptations that cause people to compromise?
Why do some churches compromise their teaching?
 
Spend time today praying that the Lord will give you the desire to spend time in the Word and prayer pursuing Truth/Jesus Christ!
 
Pray that any temptation to compromise will be defeated by the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life and the Church!
 
 
 
SATURDAY  8/29/20  2 Peter 2:1-9
 
Verse nine says “the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials,”
 
There is hope in Jesus Christ!  1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
 
Spend time today thanking the Lord for the salvation He has given us through Jesus Christ!
 
Pray for Sound Doctrine and Teaching!
 
Pray for the message tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.  2 Peter 2:10-16  “Marked Men”
 
 
 
 
 


WAKE UP AND REMEMBER 2 Peter 1:12-21

TUESDAY 8/18/20
 
In verses 12 through 15 Peter makes the following statements:
“I intend to always remind”
 
“To stir up (arouse) by way of reminder”
 
“I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.”
 
Peter is speaking of the qualities a Christian is to pursue in verses 5 through 7.
Faith – Goodness – Knowledge – Self-control – Steadfastness – Godliness – Kindness – Love
 
Give at least three possible reasons Peter stressed the importance of remembering and living out these qualities.  (Read 2 Peter 1:1-21)
 
1.  ______________________
2.  ______________________
3.  ______________________
 
There are at least eight or more reasons/benefits.)
 
Spend time in prayer today for the desire to pursue these qualities – pursuing a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY  8/19/20  2 Peter 1:12-21
 
Think of how much time you spend reading the Bible each week.  There are 168 hours in a week, so what percentage of your time do you spend in God’s Word?
 
If we truly value God’s Word, why don’t we spend more time in it?  Explain.
 
What do you think happens to Christians when they stop spending time reading the Word?  To a church?  To yourself?
 
What does the image of the lamp in Psalm 119:105 mean?  
 
How have you experienced (or not experienced) God’s Word serving in this way in your life?
 
Why do we often look for an emotional experience in our relationship with the Lord?
 
At church?  At an event?  Or even in our private life?
 
Explain/describe a true, life-changing encounter with the Lord.
 
Describe the difference between an emotional experience and a true, on-going encounter with the Lord.
 
Spend time today praying for a desire to be in the Word – Reading – Studying – Meditating – Praying!
 
 
 
THURSDAY  8/20/20  2 Peter 1:12-21
 
What is a false teacher?  How can you recognize one?
 
Why do people in the church as well as non-Christians “fall for” false teaching?
 
Identify a false teaching you have encountered or heard promoted in the past or present.
 
How did you know it was false teaching?
 
In verses 16 through 18 Peter states “we” (Peter, James, and John) were not only eye witnesses of His majesty, but also they heard the very voice of God – “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased.”
 
Read Luke 9:28-36 – The Transfiguration
 
What impact do you think the experience of the transfiguration had on Peter?  What impact does it have on you?
 
 
 
FRIDAY  8/21/20  2 Peter 1:12-21
 
Back to the Basics!
 
How important are the basics in sports?  Continuing on-going practice of the basics in any sport?  What if you spend very little time on training in the basics – skipping spring training or off-season?  What if you go straight into the season without any preparation?  Who wins?
 
Read 2 Peter 1:5-7 again!
 
Pursuing these qualities are necessary for a believer’s foundation – spiritual growth.
 
Have you ever been guilty of knowing something but failing to act on it?
 
Have you ever struggled with or failed to apply biblical characteristics or truth in making decisions?
 
Pursuing the basics in spiritual growth leads us to a greater understanding and a more intimate relationship with our Savior.
 
How does the Bible help us test cults and other religions?
 
Spend time praying today for a pursuit of the basics – building a foundation on Jesus Christ!
 
 
 
SATURDAY  8/22/20  2 Peter 1:12-21
 
What part does the Holy Spirit play in Bible study?
 
What are some ways we can get more involved with God’s Word?
 
Peter said “…I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.”
 
How important is it for you to pursue the basics and to build your foundation on Jesus Christ?
 
Please spend time praying for the message tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. – 2 Peter 2:1-9 – “Beware of Counterfeits”.
 
 
 
 
 


KNOWING AND GROWING 2 Peter 1:1-11, August 11 – 15

TUESDAY 8/11/20  2 Peter 1:1-11
 
1.  Do you ever feel inadequate or ineffective as a follower of Christ?
 
2.  If you have ever had these thoughts, what might be the cause of those feelings?
 
3.  How does Peter describe those to whom he is writing (2 Peter 2:1)?  If this applies to you, how does the truth           affect you?
 
4.  Describe God’s grace.
 
5.  Describe God’s peace.
 
6.  In verse 3, what kind of knowledge is Peter talking about?  Give some examples.
 
7.  Verse 3 also states “Grace and peace are to be multiplied to you”.  What does this mean to your spiritual                   journey?
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY 8/12/20  2 Peter 2:1-11
 
1.  Verses 4 and 5 speak of God’s promises.  What is the difference between the world’s promises and the promises       of God?
 
2.  Peter writes in verse 5 that we are to make every effort to respond to God’s promises.
 
     How serious are you in response to this statement?  Does your effort in pursuing God (spiritual growth) surpass         worldly pursuits in your life?
 
3.  We often use supplements or vitamins to enhance our physical health.  How much time do you put into                     supplementing your spiritual growth with the virtues/characteristics in verse 5 through 7?
 
4.  Spend time today praying through verses 5 through 7.  Ask the Lord to give you the desire to pursue these                 virtues; also to reveal to you a characteristic you need to grow in more at this point in your life.
 
 
 
THURSDAY 8/13/20  2 Peter 1:1-11
 
1.  The Lord provides the resources (supplements) for spiritual growth.
 
2.  What is our responsibility?
 
3.  What is faith?  Give some everyday examples of it.
 
4.  What is goodness?  Give some everyday examples of it.
 
5.  What is knowledge?  Give some everyday examples of it.
 
6.  What is self-control?  Give some everyday examples of it.
 
7.  What is steadfastness?  Give some everyday examples of it.
 
8.  What is godliness?  Give some everyday examples of it.
 
9.  What is kindness?  Give some everyday examples of it.
 
10.  What is love?  Give some everyday examples of it.
 
11.  How important are these characteristics to your spiritual growth?
 
 
 
FRIDAY 8/14/20  2 Peter 1:1-11
 
1.  In verses 5 through 7 Peter speaks of the characteristics we need to supplement our faith with – to pursue!
 
2.  What does verse 8 say about the fact that if we are growing in these qualities, what is the effect?
 
3.  How does this growth affect you personally – your marriage, family, and others you spend time with?
 
4.  What does verse 9 say about the person who fails to pursue and grow in these qualities?
 
5.  Why do so many individuals and churches seem to forget and take for granted what Christ has done for us?
 
6.  Spend time today in prayer thanking the Lord for your salvation – what He did for you.  (Romans 5:8, John 3:16)
 
 
 
SATURDAY 8/15/20  2 Peter 1:1-11
 
1.  In verse 10 Peter reminds us again to work hard – make every effort to be diligent in our pursuit of Christ (of             spiritual growth).
 
2.  What are the benefits of this pursuit during our time here on earth?
 
3.  What type of reward does Peter describe in verse 11 at the end of a believers’ life here on earth?
 
4.  Spend time today praying for a desire and commitment to pursuing Christ and these qualities.
 
     Also pray for the worship and the message tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m.
  •         Pray for Wes and the worship team.
  • Pray for Pastor Jack as he preaches.
  • Pray for the presence of God to overwhelm our hearts.
  • Pray for the qualities/virtues in verse 5 – 7 to be evident in our lives and our church.
 


A LIVING HOPE: Clothed In Humility – the Difference It Makes! 1 Peter 5:5-7

TUESDAY 7/7/20  1 Peter 5:5-7
 
How would you personally describe humility?
 
Describe the characteristics of someone who has been in your life and displayed humility.
 
D.L. Moody made the statement, “Be humble or you will stumble!”
Why would the lack of humility cause a person to stumble?
 
In verse five Peter motivates/tells the younger people in the church to submit/respect the Elders.
Why would this be important?
 
What do the elders (those who are older) offer to those younger and to the church?
 
Spend time today praying for the leadership at First Baptist Church and for those who are older.
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY 7/8/20  1 Peter 5:5-7
 
Peter continues in verse 6 saying to:  “clothe yourselves all with humility towards one another…”
What is the meaning of “clothe yourselves”?
 
Read Philippians 2:5-11
 
When Peter writes “all of you” he means the whole church (everyone) – …with humility towards one another…
 
The church is made up of all ages – all generations.  What would the younger generation have to offer to the church and to older generations?
 
Peter challenges all of us to show humility towards each other.  What would our church look like with all ages showing humility towards each other?
 
Read John 13:1-13.
 
Spend time today praying for humility individually and as a church family.  Pray that the spirit of humility would result in lives being changed and the glory of God being lifted up in Madison County.
 
 
 
THURSDAY 7/9/20  1 Peter 5:5-7
 
In the last part of verse five, Peter said, “…for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
 
Why does God oppose the proud?
 
Read Luke 14:11, James 4:6.
 
Why is humility essential to our relationship with God?  (our conversion and our spiritual growth)
 
Why does God oppose/hate pride?
 
Read 1 John 2:16.
 
What are some of the characteristics of a prideful person?
 
How does pride hinder our relationships with God?  With other people?  How can pride affect a church?
 
The old and the young (all ages) are to have the action of submission and the attitude of humility!
 
Spend time today asking the Lord to reveal to you any prideful areas in your life that are a hindrance to relationships and most of all to your spiritual growth.
 
 
 
FRIDAY 7/10/20  1 Peter 5:5-7
 
What is the meaning of verse six?
 
How important is it that we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God?
 
What does humbling yourself under God’s mighty hand look like in your life?
 
Describe the meaning of “the mighty hand of God.”
 
What are some of the reasons for us to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God?
 
Verse six ends with “…so that at the proper time He may exalt you,”
 
Describe the difference between your timing and God’s timing.
 
Do you struggle with the idea of waiting on God’s timing?
 
Why is it vital we meet the conditions of verses five and six enabling us to claim the promise of verse seven?
 
Verse seven “casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.”
 
“Casting” means throwing – giving.
 
List the anxieties or worries you have at this time (struggles, stress).
 
Identify your anxieties and worries.
Describe how your anxieties/worries are presently affecting you.  (or in the past)
 
Has it had an impact on others – your marriage – family – friends – your relationship with the Lord?
 
What would happen if you cast all (give to the Lord) your anxieties and worries?
 
ow would it impact your health – your relationships – and especially your relationship with the Lord?
 
What will it take for you to do it?
 
Imagine how your life would be impacted.  (and others)
 
Humility of mind is protection against anxiety!  Read Philippians 4:6-7.
 
Why should we?  “…because He cares for you.”
 
It’s your choice!
  • The action of submission!
  • The attitude of humility!
  • Under the mighty Hand of God!
 
Close today praying for God to reveal your anxieties/worries and to give you the desire and humility to cast/give them to the Lord!
 
 
 
SATURDAY 7/11/20
 
Read through 1 Peter 5:8-9
 
Apply these verses to your life.
 
Identify your struggles and spiritual warfare in your life.
 
How can you stand firm in the midst of temptations, evil, and chaos in our world today?
 
Pray for the service tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. 
“The State of the Church!”
 
Pray also for FBC KIDZ Hour at 12:00 Noon – ‘SuperHeroes.”
 
 
 


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.
 
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY 7/1/20
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.
 
 
 
THURSDAY 7/2/20
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.
 
Feeding/Teaching
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!
 
 
 
SATURDAY 7/4/20
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Dealing With Fear

Dealing with fear

Have you ever felt afraid? Maybe it was the first day of school. Perhaps you were moving to someplace new, or you heard that someone you love had become very sick? We all feel afraid at timesbut fear sure isn’t a feeling we enjoy. Our stomach gets into a knot, our hands start to sweat, and all we want to do is feel normal again. 

So why does God allow this to happen?

How our bodies work 

When we feel afraid like this, our bodies go into something called the flight or fight response. This means that we’re responding to something that feels harmful to us, with an urgency to either run away or fight back. That is why our hearts start to beat really fast! 

When we’re in danger, it’s good to be afraid (like when we’re running away from a wild animal). Other times, fear isn’t good—when we think something bad may happen while there’s absolutely no reason for us to be afraid. 

What kinds of things can make us feel afraid?

  • Being left in the dark or alone somewhere
  • When someone becomes very sick
  • Worrying about our safety
  • Not being liked by our friends
  • Going to school or taking a test
  • Having a bad dream
  • Going to the doctor or dentist
  • Seeing a scary animal or insect
  • Traveling someplace new

What does God want

Even when these things make us feel afraid, God doesn’t want us feeling this way. In the bible, God says He did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and self-control (read 2 Timothy 1:7). When we feel afraid, God is in control. He wants us to learn how to be brave! God will give us peace, but he will also teach us how to use our powerful minds to think of good and true thoughts that will help calm our bodies down. He knows us very well.

Having self-control

Self-control means the ability to control our feelings without anyone’s else’s help. When we feel afraid, it is important to learn how to have self-control. This means we can choose what we think about and do. What good thing can you think about that will calm you down? What things can you remember about God that will remind you that He is with you?

What to do the next time I feel afraid

Talking about why you feel afraid is a good start. Telling a friend, teacher, or parent what it is that is making you feel afraid will help get those icky feelings that you feel inside, out! Tell them how you’re still learning to be brave.

Praying to God is also the best way to practice being brave. When you feel afraid of something, tell God about the situation so that He can give you peace.

Going on a walk, drawing a picture, or listening to music can help calm you down the next time you feel afraid. These are great ways to practice self-control.  

Get rid of things that don’t need to be there. Sometimes we have control over a situation and can make changes to the thing that is making us feel afraid. It is good to make these adjustments so that you will feel less anxious!

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Dealing With Death

When someone you love has died

 

When someone dies, especially someone we loved very much, it is not only sad, it seems cruel and unfair. “Good people and those we love don’t deserve to die.”

Because we feel this way it is natural for us to be confused and angry.

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The end came too quickly, too soon. Now there’s an empty space where a part of your life has been torn away. Nothing can fill that emptiness inside or take that horrible feeling away. You just want to cry and cry until you have no more tears.

Or maybe you are so scared and confused that you cannot cry, and that’s okay too, because maybe your emotions (feelings) have gone numb. The strong feeling of losing someone is just too much for you to handle right now.

It’s not supposed to happen this way!

Most times, death is sudden and people don’t get to say and do all the things they would have like to. But we can’t go back in time, and it’s probably hard for you to believe that you won’t see that person again. You may even hope that somehow everything could come right, just as it does in stories. Your favourite stories end the way you want them to, but in real life you can’t choose the way you want things to work out. Bad things do happen.

I am angry!

You may become angry about many things without understanding why. The anger comes from the hurt you are feeling, and the hurt is caused by the love you have for the person who died. Deep down you may want to blame someone for what has happened, or you may even blame God. It is okay to tell God how you feel because He understands. God also felt the hurt and sadness of death when His son, Jesus, died on the cross in a very cruel way.

You may be upset because others don’t notice how sad you really are, or because they become impatient when you keep asking questions. Perhaps they don’t know what to say to you or how to help you. Or maybe they cannot help you by sharing your sadness, because they are sad too.

Why?

It is hard to accept death without looking for a reason. Why did this have to happen? If God could have kept this from happening, why didn’t He? Although there is an answer, the answer itself may not give you the comfort you long for or the peace you need to calm your racing thoughts. Death is something your heart must accept by believing that God has everything in control. He has a plan for everyone’s life and nothing takes Him by surprise. For now, just hold onto the fact that each of us is very precious to God (Psalm 116:15).
Below are some thoughts from the Bible.

Is there hope?

Everyone has a body and an unseen spirit. When a person dies, the life of the body ends but the spirit of the person lives on forever. Those who believe in God will get a new, heavenly body that will never, ever die. “For our earthly bodies, the ones we have now that can die, must be transformed into heavenly bodies that cannot perish but will live forever” 1 Corinthians 15:53.

A heavenly body is perfect – without sin, sickness, or pain. Dying is the way God planned for us to escape from this sinful, imperfect world to an everlasting life of joy. It is sad for those who stay behind; our turn has not yet come. But we have the sure hope that when the time comes, we will also get our new bodies and spend eternity together with those who’ve gone to Heaven before us.

What now?

At first, you may not feel like being with your friends because they seem too cheerful for the way you are feeling. That is okay for a while, but don’t stay away from them for too long.

Remember, your friends may not know the right words to say, or they may be afraid that they will say the wrong thing. It will make things easier if you are able to tell them what happened. This will help take away the awkward feeling they have. It will help them realize that you have not changed, even though you are very sad right now.

To help you remember those special times

Print the page below My special page and use it to write about the fun times you can remember and perhaps some funny things that happened.

In the middle of the page, write a ‘secret’ message to say the things you didn’t get a chance to say to the person who died. Then glue a photo of the person (or a picture you have drawn) over the message. Your love-note is still there even though you cannot see it anymore—it has been sealed and covered over as well. On the rest of your page you can write whatever you like, or draw something, and then decorate it.

To keep the memories of the good times you shared, you could also use a scrapbook. Then you could paste in photos, cards and other things to make up the life story of the person.



Being Bullied

Being bullied and teased

When others tease

Are you being called names? Are you being teased about something?


Kids at school often tease those who aren’t like them or who won’t do the things they want them to do. They may also tease others about the way they look, the way they speak or the way they dress. That is very rude and unkind, and is not something that is normal or acceptable! So what should you do when you are teased or bullied?
                                                  

Don’t let them get inside

When someone says something nasty over and over, or if something is said by a number of people, it not only hurts, it sticks in your mind. You start believing that it is true. You even start telling yourself the same things you’ve heard other say to you – believing and even ‘proving’ that everyone else is right. Bullies sound so sure of themselves and it is easy to be convinced that they are right, especially if no one else sticks up for you.

And so, while you’re fighting off the jeers and jabs on the outside, your protection starts to crumble on the inside. Something inside tells you that it’s not worth the fight – that you may as well give up and let others trample all over you. Don’t ever let that happen. Be strong! You have a mighty God on your side – a God who loves you very, very much and has made you the way you are down to the smallest detail.

The ‘BIG’ bully: what to do and what not to do

  • Try to stay away from places where you are likely to meet the bully. Don’t challenge him when you are alone (especially if he is with others).
  • Whenever possible, stick with friends or hang around with others. Don’t become isolated and quiet. Go out of your way to make friends! This will make you more confident, and it will show the bullies that you are not bothered by their comments.
  • If you are afraid or upset, try not to show your feelings. (A bully feels powerful when he can make others afraid of him.) If a bully gets little or no reaction from you, he will probably become bored and eventually leave you.
  • In a firm, confident way and without being nasty, ask him/her to stop bullying you.
  • Don’t try to get back at others by becoming mean as well. “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” Romans 12: 17-18.
  • You might get a surprising reaction from your enemies by being kind to them. This is how the Bible puts it; “… If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” Romans 12: 20:21. (By the way, the ‘burning coals’ aren’t real coals, but that’s probably the way your kindness feels to someone who has been mean to you.)
  • If you are being teased about a personal habit, try to be aware of what others find amusing or odd about you. Avoid doing things that irritate or amuse them.
  • If you are being hurt or you feel scared, tell a teacher immediately and let your parents know too. It is not your fault that you are being picked on, and you have nothing to be ashamed of!
  • Always remember what makes you special—the abilities you have that they don’t, and the dreams you have that no one can mess with. These, coupled with a positive attitude, are things that no one can take away from you.
  • Lastly, think about this: Jesus, your best friend, was mocked too. People laughed at Him, spat on Him, cursed Him and beat Him. Jesus sees and knows what you are going through… and He is taking note. The Bible says that God will repay those who are mean and abusive. A day is coming when they will stand before God and answer to Him for every single thing they said and did (Matthew 12:36).

Remember, you need to protect yourself on the outside and the inside, so ask for help. You have a right to feel safe and be free from fear of others!