Explore the Bible at Home - Week of March 11
Parents, Guardians, & Grandparents,
Yesterday (March 11) our Fellowship Denver Kids began a study of the genre of the biblical epistles or letters. Peter had a message for the early church, and he followed the direction of the Holy Spirit by putting that message into a letter, or an epistle. That letter is also for believers today. During Peter’s day the church was facing pesecution and trial. We may not experience the same difficult circumstances as the early church, but we do experience the effects of sin and the full weight of the brokenness and imperfection of life. When you encounter tough times as a family, how can you remember your hope in Jesus? Invite your family to name some of those tough times and then discuss God's faithfulness and our hope in Jesus. Want to continue Bible exploration at home together this week? Find this week's "Explore the Bible at Home" handout here.
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 1:1-25; 2:1-17, 20-25
Memory Verse: 1 Peter 1:22b
Older Kids Text Truth: We can endure difficult times because we have hope in our future
Younger Kids Text Truth: We can face tough times because we have hope in Jesus.
Peter Wrote a Letter - 1 Peter 1:1-25; 2:1-17, 20-25
Peter was a disciple of Jesus. After Jesus was resurrected, He told Peter to care for Jesus’ followers. Peter wrote a letter to the believers who were scattered through the Roman provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. These believers were facing persecution because they believed in Jesus. Peter understood that the believers needed encouragement.
Peter told the believers, “Because of God’s mercy, we have a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus.” Believers have an eternal inheritance with God. Peter reminded the people to rejoice in their salvation and understand that their earthly trials will one day be gone.
Peter also wrote that the people should not return to their past actions. “Be holy,” Peter said. “Jesus, the sacrificial lamb, was chosen before the world was created. His sacrifice happened in God’s perfect timing. God raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory. Your faith and hope are in God. Obey God. Love one another. Remember that people and things fade away, but God’s Word lasts forever.”
Peter reminded the people to get rid of malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander. Christians should desire to grow spiritually like babies grow physically. Peter reminded the people that Jesus was rejected by men and sometimes Christians will be. But God has chosen believers to be His special people, a holy priesthood. Peter told the believers, “God has chosen you to share His praises with everyone. You were once in darkness, but God called you into His marvelous light.”
Then Peter said, “Remember to act honorably, so that those who do not believe will see your actions, they will end up glorifying God. God desires for you to do good. Honor everyone. Respect God. Love other believers. Honor those in authority.”
Peter continued, “Remember that Jesus suffered for you. He gave you an example. You should follow His example. He did not sin, but suffered for our sins. You were like sheep that had gone astray, but you have returned to your Shepherd.”
The believers were facing difficult times, but Peter reminded them to follow Jesus' example because he shows all of his followers how to endure trial and turn to God for hope.