Explore the Bible at Home - Week of March 18
Parents, Guardians, & Grandparents,
On Sunday, March 18th, our students studied the second half of 1 Peter. Peter’s letter to believers is a message of encouragement to continue to obey God. Our actions as followers of Jesus are important. We can do what is good even when it is difficult. Showing Christlike love and asking the Holy Spirit to help us live righteously, as Jesus did, will bring glory to God. As a family, talk about times it may be hard to choose to do good, and why we are inclined toward thoughts and actions that don't glorify God. Thankfully, if we believe in Jesus his righteousness is counted for us, so even when we don't choose good, God looks at us as his beloved children! Missed this week's Explore the Bible handout? You can find it here!
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 3:8-18; 4:1-19; 5:1-11
Memory Verse: 1 Peter 5:7
Older Kids Text Truth: Even during suffering, our actions should honor God.
Younger Kids Text Truth: We must do what is good even when it is hard.
Peter Encouraged the Believers, 1 Peter 3:8-18; 4:1-19; 5:1-11
Peter was a disciple of Jesus. After Jesus was resurrected, He told Peter to care for Jesus’ followers. Peter decided to write a letter to some believers who were facing persecution because they believed in Jesus.
Peter wanted the believers to remember that despite all the tough times they were facing, they were called to live their lives in a way that honored God. Peter said, “Be compassionate and humble. Don’t pay back someone who does wrong to you. You must seek peace.”
Then Peter wrote, “If you suffer for following God, you are blessed. Always be ready to tell others about Jesus, but be prepared to do it with gentleness and respect. It is always better to suffer because you did good, not because you sinned. Remember, Christ suffered to pay for your sin.”
Peter told the believers, “Be serious about prayer. Love one another. Be kind without complaining. Use the gift God has given you to serve others. Remember, those who suffer for obeying God should trust their faithful Creator. Be humble. Trust God to care for you. Resist the enemy and be firm in your faith.”
Finally, Peter closed his letter by praying that God would restore, establish, strengthen, and support those who had suffered. Then he reminded everyone that God is all-powerful.