Partnering 2 Remember, Week 12

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

I’m going to assume that if you are reading this post, then you are actually in the process of memorizing I Peter 3:18-22. Let’s pause for a minute and think about that. You have 11 weeks of scripture memory “under your belt,” so to speak, week 12 in the works, with 5 more to go after that. You are almost there! Continue reading “Partnering 2 Remember, Week 12”

Partnering 2 Remember, Week 11

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Fellow memory partners, it’s time to start up our memory program again! With all the festivities and activities of the past few months, you may have found it difficult (I know I did) to solidify or catch up on our memorization of 1st Peter. But, I hope you found some time here and there to work on it. The Christmas season, as bright and full of hope as it is, can also be a stressful time for many of us and God’s Word resounding over and over in our head throughout the day can have a calming, or perhaps better put – a re-orienting effect on our day. Whatever the case may have been for you these past several weeks, I pray you are ready to dive back in with a renewed effort at hiding God’s precious Word in our hearts. Before moving on to a synopsis of this week’s passage along with some memory aids, I have included a link to an article to encourage you if your resolve to memorize waned during our break.

The Absolute Necessity of Scripture Memory

I Peter 3:13-17

By now you should realize that Peter is writing to Christians who have, or are beginning to, experience persecution. Several passages back, after using quite a bit of ink to build up his recipient’s in the knowledge of who they are in Christ, he launches into instructions for how to conduct themselves in the societal relationships of their day. The main gist in every circumstance is to “do good”. Now, in this chunk of scripture Peter continues to flesh out what “doing good” looks like in the face of unjust suffering. Continue reading “Partnering 2 Remember, Week 11”

Partnering 2 Remember, Week 10

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Peter finishes his exhortations concerning conduct in relationships by writing to husbands (vs7).  The key instruction regarding a believer’s conduct towards government, masters and husbands is to submit. Now, he instructs husbands to live with their wives in an understanding way, but he starts off with the word “likewise,” indicating that he is suggesting like behavior. The like behavior is summarized in verses 9-12, ending with his oft-repeated charge to “do good.”  Verse 8 is a chiasm (illustrated below), with brotherly love in the middle. Notice the pattern: mind (influences) emotion (promotes) LOVE, (influences) emotion, (informs) mind. Continue reading “Partnering 2 Remember, Week 10”

P2R: the Holiday Break Edition

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

It’s week 10 for Partnering to Remember 1 Peter and I know from talking with many of you that the blessings of memorizing this book are multiplying in your hearts and minds. I also know, and understand, that many of you have not made it to week 10 in your memory moleskins. If this is you, Do Not Be Discouraged! Some weeks are harder than others, our lives are busy, and when once fallen behind it is too easy to fall off entirely.

We are going to use our holiday break from Bible study to slow down with the memorizing. For those who have made it to week 10, continue to recite 1 Peter 1:1 through 3:12 every day, slowing down to examine the promises and the exhortations and where they apply in your life. How is the Holy Spirit challenging you or encouraging you? Where else are these truths popping up in your daily life as you interact with Scripture, with others, and with the Lord in prayer? Settle these passages more firmly in your heart and mind over the holidays, and prepare to pick back up with us and finish strong when the New Year begins.

For those of you who began later or who have fallen behind, use this time to continue moving forward through the memory work. Catch up to week 10 if you can, or as close as you can. If you don’t have someone to listen to your progress each week, find someone to help keep you accountable and encourage you! Call me or Jana if you can’t think of anyone else! Most importantly, don’t give up. We are in this together, and the Word hidden in your heart will be a blessing to you. I can write that with conviction because God’s Word tells me that it’s true.

Jana will be posting her thoughts and encouragement on week 10 early next week. In the meantime, and until next year, keep pressing in to God’s Word through memorizing 1 Peter.

“May grace and peace be multiplied to you.” (1 Peter 1:2)