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Lord, Teach Me to Pray | Week One

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Welcome to Week 1 of our Inductive Bible Study, “Lord, Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days” by Kay Arthur. This week we learned to pray God’s way by observing the ingredients of effective prayer.  Each sentence in the Lord’s Prayer is a topic which covers every aspect of prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). How incredibly awesome is that! This is the model prayer Jesus gave His disciples and told them, “Pray, then, in this way” (Matthew 6:9).  Prayer is a skill, and with time and practice we can develop this skill into a powerful prayer life by following the Words of Jesus on how to pray.

Kay Arthur states, “Prayer is a discipline that when exercised will give you a greater intimacy with your Father but when neglected will make you feel distanced from Him.”

Do you want to have an effective powerful prayer life and a greater intimacy with God?  I know I do, but many times I feel like my prayers are not going higher than the ceiling. I feel disconnected which leaves me with feelings of frustration and failure.

We can always go to the “Expert”…God Himself, and give Him our frustrations, our doubts, our fears and our desires.  We can ask Him to teach us how to pray.  The Disciples did that very thing…

“Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1

Prayer is a form of worship and communication with our Heavenly Father. Think about it as a conversation.  Each sentence in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) is a topic that helps to keep our prayers organized.  Kay Arthur states, “If you use the Lord’s Prayer for what it is, the way to pray, it will not only keep you balanced when it comes to prayer, but it will also be an invaluable guide—a road map.”

Keep in mind that when you begin to pray you are entering the presence of God.  Acknowledge Him for Who He is…the one true God, our Sovereign Creator, our Holy God, Jehovah—Lord, the self-existent One…

Our Father who is in Heaven 

Hallowed be Your Name

Hallowed!  This is the highest regard we give to God.  It is worshiping His Name.

The Greek word for “Hallowed” is hagiazo, and it means…

  • To render or acknowledge
  • To separate from profane things and dedicate to God

We are worshiping God when we “hallow” His Name.  We are acknowledging who He is.

Kay Arthur states, “Worship becomes the basis of everything that follows in prayer:  allegiance to His kingdom, submission to His will because He is, after all, God!  Such prayer is petitioning Him for what you need because you are acknowledging that the earth and everything it contains is the Lord’s.”

I urge you to practice this week hallowing God’s Name.  Use the list of God’s Names on page 47 as a guide.  And I’ll see you in the next lesson.

Praying for you!

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Write Matthew 6:9-13 on index cards and read them out loud three times  a day.

DIGGING DEEPER:  Review the Names of God list on page 47.  Write each name on a separate index card along with the Scripture reference.  Pray this week using one of the Names of God.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a Small Group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students.
  • Complete your study of Week Two, “It’s All About Him”
  • Pray before you begin your study.  Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment below:

  1. According to the Bible itself, the Bible is God’s Word and it is truth, God’s communication to humankind.” (Pages 19-20). With that thought in mind, what role is prayer to take in our lives? How important should it be?  How important is prayer to you in your life right now?
  2. “If you want God to hear you and provide what you ask, then you need to ask according to His will.” (Page 16). How do you know that your prayers are according to His will?  What is an example of a prayer not in His will?
  3. Each sentence in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) is a topic that helps to keep your prayers organized (Page 30). Kay Arthur states, “If you use the Lord’s Prayer for what it is, the way to pray, it will not only keep you balanced when it comes to prayer, but it will also be an invaluable guide—a road map.” (Page 35).  Which topic in the Lord’s Prayer touched you the most in your current season of life?
  4. “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (Page 37).  What are you to believe when you come to God in prayer?
  5. Review the Names of God chart on Page 47. Which name or names of God deal with where you are today?  List some ways you are learning to hallow God’s name.
  6. How has God been answering your prayers this week?

Blessings,

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Lord, Teach Me to Pray | Week One Introduction

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Happy New Year!  Welcome to our online Inductive Bible Study “Lord, Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days” by Kay Arthur.   This first week is our “Introduction” week and a time of getting to know one another and to answer any questions you may have about how this online Bible study thing works.  We want your online Bible Study experience to be positive and enjoyable.  Welcome aboard!

What do you think of when you hear the word prayer?  The first thing that comes to my mind is talking to God.  Prayer is our communication with God.

We pray…He listens…He answers…we listen to Him…

He may not answer our prayers immediately, because when He answers our prayers, it is according to His perfect will and His perfect timing.

Prayer strengthens our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  It’s the same in a marital relationship and all our relationships.  Communication is what keeps our relationships alive and thriving.  If we fail to communicate in our relationships, the relationship fades and eventually dies.

Over the next few weeks, we will be observing The Lord’s Prayer in quite some detail.  We will discover exactly what Jesus meant when He told His disciples…

 “Pray, then, this way”… (Matthew 6:9)

Jesus gave His disciples a perfect pattern for prayer…the Lord’s Prayer, the model prayer, which is also given to you and to me in His Holy Word.  I am certain you memorized the Lord’s Prayer at a very early age as I did, and over the years we have been reciting the Lord’s Prayer in our churches, Sunday schools, and at football and baseball games, etc.  But do we truly know what the Lord’s Prayer really means? That is what we will discover through this study “Lord, Teach Me to Pray.”  Kay Arthur will equip you and me to be used in God’s Kingdom.  In just four short weeks we will learn God’s basic precepts on prayer, which will strengthen our prayer muscles and give us a deeper understanding of this crucial area of life.

Kay Arthur states, “The Word of God is the foundation for everything else in our lives. According to Jesus Himself, man lives by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.  The Word of God is God-breathed.”

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16 NASB)

Before beginning this study, please take time to read the “As You Begin…” on pages 5 through 7.  Kay always begins with some helpful tips to get us started.  Posted below is our reading schedule for the next five weeks.  Each new week begins on Monday.

Week of LORD, Teach Me to Pray by Kay Arthur Small Group
Beginning on Mon. READING SCHEDULE Discussion on:
1/2/2017 Introduction Week (Begin Study of Week 1, Page 11) Intro
1/9/2017 Week 1: Learning to Pray God’s Way (Begin Study of Week 2, Page 17) Week 1
1/16/2017 Week 2: It’s All About Him (Begin Study of Week 3, Page 99 Week 2
1/23/2017 Week 3: You Belong to God (Begin Study of Week 4, Page 143) Week 3
1/30/2017 Week 4:  Staying in the Word Week 4

Each day’s study time will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes, sometimes less or sometimes more, depending on the day’s study.  I urge you to set aside a quiet time of study with God free of distractions.  I have found that if I make my appointment with God at the same time each day, I am better able to keep that time on a consistent basis.  It also helps to have all your study materials in your special quiet time place, which will help you stay motivated:  Your Bible, Bible study book or Kindle, a notebook or journal, colored pens and pencils, highlighters, etc.

I also encourage you to participate in a small group to discuss the lessons you are learning each week.  Sharing is voluntary, and we do not expect you to share anything that will cause harm to yourself or another person.  We meet in a private Facebook group, or if you prefer, you may answer the discussion questions here on this website by posting a comment below.  This first week our small groups will meet for a time of introduction and fellowship where you’ll meet your leaders and the other ladies in your group.  You will find the small group schedule pinned to the top of our private Facebook group.  Our entire ministry team will be praying for you.

We will begin discussing WEEK ONE in your Bible study workbook the week of January 9th.

So let’s take a moment now and read the Lord’s Prayer together:

Our Father, who is in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

Your Kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

Matthew 6:9-13 NASB

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Write the Lord’s Prayer in your journal or notebook.

Assignment For the Week

  • Make sure you registered for this online Inductive Bible study so that you receive email updates each week on Monday.
  • Write a letter to God in the front cover of your Bible study workbook or in your journal. Date your letter and tell God where you are in your season of life right now, and where you hope He leads you during this study. We will not ask you to share your letter. This is personal between you and God.
  • Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
  • Select a small group day and time that fits your schedule.  The small group schedule is pinned to the top of the private Inductive Studies Chat Room.
  • Arrive to the private Facebook group for the one hour meeting that you chose to attend. A small group photo will be posted by the leader a day prior to your meeting time.
  • Begin your study of Week One: Learning to Pray God’s Way in your study guide or Kindle and complete the daily lessons in your notebook or journal.

Week One Introduction Discussion Questions – Answer in your small group or post a comment below

  1. What motivated you or drew you to this online Inductive Bible study on Prayer, and what do you hope to gain from it?
  2. What do you think is our biggest hang-up concerning prayer?
  3. How can we keep our minds from wander­ing when we pray?
  4. Do you have a favorite quiet place where you like to pray? If so, where?
  5. How can our leaders and the other women in this small group pray for you as we begin our study on Prayer?

See you in our small groups.

Praying for you,

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2017 Winter and Spring Online Bible Study Registration

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Woo Hoo!! Registration for our 2017 Winter and Spring online Inductive Bible Studies begins today!

Our Winter online Inductive Bible study will begin on January 2, 2017, with “Lord, Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days” by Kay Arthur.  Through this study on prayer we will learn how to pray, what to pray and what to expect when you pray.  Kay Arthur gives us practical insights into the Lord’s Prayer, which is the model prayer Jesus gave His disciples and all His believers.  This study is going to transform our prayer lives!

Reading Schedule for Lord, Teach Me to Pray Online Bible Study – Book or Kindle version is REQUIRED for this study!

  • Launch Week- January 2, read Week One (introduction)
  • Week 1- January 9, read Week Two (discuss Week One)
  • Week 2- January 16, read Week Three (discuss Week Two)
  • Week 3- January 23, read Week Four (discuss Week Three)
  • Week 4- January 30, catch up on lessons (discuss Week Four)

You can purchase the printed book or the Kindle version through Amazon.

Our Spring online Inductive Bible Study will begin on February 20, 2017 with “James, Living a Life of Faith“ by Angie K. Smith.  We will dig deep into the book of James and discover how to live out our lives in faith when we face suffering, temptation, guilt, favoritism, conflict, gossip, fear, doubt and so much more.  This study will change our perspective when we are challenged by the trials of everyday life.  We will be encouraged to see ourselves through the light of God’s grace rather than the lies of the enemy.

This study can also be purchased through Amazon in the printed book or the Kindle version.

Reading Schedule for James, Living a Life of Faith Online Bible Study – Book or Kindle version is REQUIRED for this study!

  • Launch Week- February 20, read Week One (introduction)
  • Week 1- February 27, read Week Two (discuss Week One)
  • Week 2- March 6, read Week Three (discuss Week Two)
  • Week 3- March 13, read Week Four (discuss Week Three)
  • Week 4- March 20, read Week Five (discuss Week Four)
  • Week 5- March 27, read Week Six (discuss Week Five)
  • Week 6- April 3, catch up on lessons (discuss Week Six)

How the Online Bible Study Works

  • Every Monday morning – I’ll post a brief weekly summary along with the discussion questions in our private Facebook group where we will hold all our discussions.
  • Small Groups – The schedule will be posted to the top of our private Facebook group so all you have to do is pick a day and time that fits your schedule and join our discussions. There will be a group photo that the leader will post announcing the day/time of the discussion.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/InductiveBibleStudies/

How to Register for the online Inductive Bible Studies

  • COMMENT BELOW to register for one or both of these studies! 
  • Tell us where you live and which study you are registering for (either one or both).
  • Join our private Facebook small group. Click the link below to join.  All our discussions will take place in this private Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/InductiveBibleStudies/
  • If you would like to follow this blog and receive all posts delivered to your email, scroll to the bottom of this screen and enter your email address and click “Follow.”

Welcome to our 2017 Winter and Spring online Inductive Bible Studies,

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1 Peter | Week Nine – Clothed in Humility

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Welcome to Week 9, our last week of our study of 1 Peter!  What an incredible adventure it has been!  Each week we read through 1 Peter from beginning to end.  That means we have read 1 Peter all the way through nine times.  We have dug deep into 1 Peter and discovered precious nuggets of truth to hide in the treasure chest of our hearts.  So, let’s recap what we have observed in our study time these past nine weeks:

In Chapter 1, Peter tells us that through the blood of Jesus Christ, we have a living hope and an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading (vs. 3-4).

In Chapter 2, Peter tells us that we are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, whom God has called out of the darkness into His marvelous light (vs. 9). Furthermore, we learned the importance of submission to whom God has called us to submit but to do it in honor and love the brotherhood (vs. 17).

In Chapter 3, Peter tells us that just as we, as citizens, should submit to our government so should wives submit to their husbands and in return husbands should be considerate and respective of their wives (vs. 1-7). We also learned God blesses everyone who suffers for doing what is right (vs. 17).

In Chapter 4, we learned that since Jesus suffered, we must be prepared to suffer.  We are to live the rest of our days for the will of God and not for our own fleshly human desires (vs. 1-2).

This week, we studied Chapter 5, “Clothed in Humility.”  Peter concludes his letter by telling us we must remain alert.

“Be sober-minded; be watchful.  Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

We have a very sly enemy who is just waiting for an opportunity to knock us down when we aren’t looking.  Peter gives us this warning to watch out for Satan when we are suffering or being persecuted, when we are feeling alone, weak and helpless.  It’s during these times when we focus on our troubles that we forget to watch out for the danger.  These are the times when Christians are especially vulnerable to Satan’s attacks.  James tell us to keep your eyes on Christ, and resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

Finally, just as Peter wrote this letter to encourage us in our Christian walk, so we should likewise encourage others by sharing the Good News of hope in Jesus Christ with others.

What a living hope we have in Jesus Christ!  You are to be commended for sticking with us these past nine weeks.  If you have fallen behind in this study, just pick up right where you are and continue until you finish.  You do not want to miss one single Word.  These are God’s truths, our Guidebook for life, and He gave it you and to me to live by.

May God bless you!

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Continue your Scripture writing in your journal.  This week write out Week 9 Scriptures (1 Peter 5) in your journal.

DIGGING DEEPER:  Memorize 1 Peter 5

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a Small Group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students.
  • Complete any lessons missed these past 9 weeks.
  • Always pray before you begin your study and ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK NINE (answer in small groups or post a comment below:

  1. How might the flock behave in such a way that the job of the shepherd is made easier? (Page 120)
  2. What does the God of all grace have in store for your future? How does this thought encourage you to suffer well? (Page 123)
  3. How good is the modern church at prioritizing and pursuing deep relationships with one another? What steps could we take to grow in this regard? (Page 127)
  4. Describe personal experiences that have impressed on you the reality and power of Satan. What feelings do you have about Satan’s power? What keeps you from being frightened of Satan?
  5. Finally, what can we learn about the early church from the way Peter speaks of Silvanus (“faithful brother”), Mark (“my son”), and his greeting of choice (“greet one another with the kiss of love”) 1 Peter 5:12-14? (Page 126)

Praying for you,

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ANNOUNCING OUR 2017 INDUCTIVE BIBLE STUDIES

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I am so excited to announce our 2017 New Year’s Inductive Bible Studies!  This is going to be the best New Year ever!

LORD, TEACH ME TO PRAY IN 28 DAYS by Kay Arthur

We just elected a new President of the United States!  What better way to begin the New Year than to strengthen our prayer life and to pray for our President, our government officials, our Nation and our families as we unite together to make “America Great Again!”

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We will begin the New Year on January 2, 2017, with “Lord, Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days” by Kay Arthur.  Through this Inductive Bible Study on prayer we will learn how to pray, what to pray and what to expect when you pray.  This is going to transform our prayer lives!

You can purchase the printed book or the Kindle version through Amazon.

JAMES, LIVING A LIFE OF FAITH by Angie K. Smith

Our next Inductive Bible Study is “James, Living a Life of Faith” by Angie K. Smith, which will begin on February 20, 2017.

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We will dig deep into the book of James and discover how to live out our lives in faith when we face suffering, temptation, guilt, favoritism, conflict, gossip, fear, doubt and so much more.  This Inductive Bible Study will change our perspective when we are challenged by the trials of everyday life.  This study will encourage us to see ourselves through the light of God’s grace rather than the lies of the enemy.

You can also purchase the printed book or the Kindle version through Amazon.

Registration for both of these studies will begin on November 21, 2016.  I pray you will join us!

Many Blessings,

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1 Peter | Week Eight – Self-Controlled & Sober-Minded

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Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on 1 Peter, “A Living Hope in Christ” by Jen Wilkin.  Can you believe that we only have one more week and we will have completed this awesome study of 1 Peter? Time sure flies when you’re having fun. What nuggets of truth we are hiding in our hearts and lives!

In Week 7, we ended our study on the note that Jesus is victorious over suffering and death, and He is seated at the right hand of God, our Father (1 Peter 3:22). Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

In Week 8, we observed 1 Peter 4, and learned that Jesus Christ had to suffer physical pain and suffering for righteousness sake before He entered into His Heavenly Kingdom.  As Christians and followers of Jesus Christ, we will also suffer for His name sake. Suffering helps us be like Christ, yet no one welcomes pain and suffering.  However, we must be willing and prepared to do God’s will, even if that means suffering for doing good and making a clean break from sin (1 Peter 4:1).  We saw this in last week’s study:

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit…” 1 Peter 3:18 ESV

 You may be going through suffering right now, or you may have just come through a season of suffering. Peter tells us not to be surprised at the fiery trials we will go through. God’s plan for our lives may include pain and hardship. However, we can be assured that whenever we suffer because of our loyalty to Christ, He will be with us all the way.

“So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for He will never fail you.” 1 Peter 4:19 NLT

The key word here is trust.  When we trust God in every area of our lives, we can live in perfect peace even when we experience the fiery trials of pain and suffering because…

  1. Trust overcomes fear.
  2. Trust overcomes depression.
  3. Trust overcomes hate.

Won’t you commit your life to your Creator and trust God, rely on Him, when you face the fiery trials of life?

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Continue your Scripture writing in your journal.  This week write out Week 8 Scriptures (1 Peter 4) in your journal.

DIGGING DEEPER:  Memorize 1 Peter 4

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a Small Group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students.
  • Complete your last week of study on Week Nine, “Clothed in Humility – 1 Peter 5
  • Pray before you begin your study.  Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK EIGHT (answer in small groups or post a comment below:

  1. What do you think Peter means by “whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin?” (Page 105)
  2. What two responses should we expect from unbelievers when we flee from sin? Why? 1 Peter 4:4 (Page 108)
  3. What does 4:10 reveal about the purpose of gifts from God? What do we sometimes wrongly believe to be the purpose of spiritual gifts? Why? (Page 111)
  4. What do you think might be your strongest spiritual gift from God?
  5. Why do you think Peter emphasized God as Creator in verse 19? How does God’s relationship to us as the Creator help us to trust Him more?

Praying for you,

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1 Peter | Week Six – Submission-Part 2

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Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on 1 Peter, “A Living Hope in Christ” by Jen Wilkin.   We just completed Week Six of our study, which is the second part of a three-part series on Submission.  Last week we observed 1 Peter 2:13-25, the first of a three-part series on understanding submission and the importance of submitting to authoritative figures in our communities and in our nation.

This week we studied 1 Peter 3:1-12 and looked at submission in a more personal and intimate light in the marriage relationship.   In today’s culture, any discussion regarding the role of women that includes the word submission always produced a misunderstanding followed by intense reactions.  My prayer is that after studying these passages on a more deeper level has enhanced your understanding in what God truly desires for us as His children.

So let’s take a look at this troublesome verse:

“Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the Word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives.” 1 Peter 3:1 NIV

First of all, let’s explore what the word submissive means:

The Greek word for submissive is hypotassō, and it means to obey:—be under obedience (obedient), put under, subdue unto, (be, make) subject (to, unto), be (put) in subjection (to, under), submit self unto. (blueletterbible.org)

In other words, wives are to obey their husbands. I am sure this is an area many of us fail miserably.  1 Peter 3:1 has been misunderstood for years.  I recall a time in Sunday School in my young adult couples class, we were studying this same passage of Scripture and our Sunday School teacher asked for one of the ladies to read 1 Peter 3:1, and no one would volunteer.  Being a newlywed, I volunteered to read the passage, and every woman in the class glared at me.  At the time, I did not understand why.  After being married for a few years, I joined the ranks.  Submit to my husband so he can dominate me? No way!

Now, let’s look at how husbands are to relate to their wives:

“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.” 1 Peter 3:7 NIV

It wasn’t until years later I began to understand why God included these passages of Scriptures in His Holy Word.

Husbands are to treat their wives with “respect.”  The NASB version states for husbands to “honor” their wives.  How does this look in real life?

What it boils down to is this is not played out in real life situations.  However, it is a simple prescription that God gave us for a long and happy marital relationship.  If husbands treated their wives with respect and honor, wives would have no problem submitting to their husbands.  And vice versa, if wives are submissive to their husbands, husbands would have no problem respecting their wives.  It’s a mutual trust and faith relationship.  And I truly believe in my heart that marriages would be saved, and the divorce rate would decline if husbands and wives followed God’s simple command for marriages.

Finally, Peter states in the latter part of that verse “so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” 

God put man at the head of his household to guide his family and to provide for his family both physically and spiritually.

If a man is not considerate and respectful of his wife, his prayers will not be heard, because a living relationship with God depends on right relationships with others.  Jesus said that if you have a problem with a fellow believer, you must make it right with that person before coming to worship (Matt. 5:23-24).  This principle carries over into family relationships.  If men use their position to mistreat their wives, their prayers will be hindered.” NLT Life Application Study Bible

Peter declared that the husbands’ prayers are dependent on the way they treat their wives.  God will not bless those who use their positions of authority to abuse others.

These are important Scriptures to take to heart and to live out in our family relationships.  I know it is easier said than done, but it can be done. It just takes prayer, and a lot of practice to get it right.  It’s not too late!  If you are suffering in your marital relationship at this very moment, why not change your attitude and pray for God to give you the strength and courage to be submissive to your husbands. And watch to see God work!

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Write out Week 6 Scriptures (1 Peter 3:1-12) in your journal.

DIGGING DEEPER:  Memorize 1 Peter 3:1-12

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a Small Group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students.
  • Complete your study of Week Seven, “Submission – Part 3” 1 Peter 3:13-22
  • Pray before you begin your study.  Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK THREE (answer in small groups or post a comment below:

  1. What wisdom does 3:1-2 offer to wives of unbelievers? To wives of believers? Is there any wisdom here for unmarried women as well? (Page 79)
  2. How could a Christian wife’s submission to her unbelieving husband help win him to Christ?
  3. How might the recognition that submission to your husband is not required in every situation protect you? How might that recognition be a temptation to sin for you? (Page 81)
  4. How should the phrase “they are heirs with you of the gracious gift of life” instruct a husband? How should it affect a husband’s thoughts, words, and actions? (Page 83)
  5. In 1 Peter 3:8-12, Peter lists five things we need to have to be able to relate rightly to one another. (Page 84). Which of these five things is hardest for you to demonstrate to other believers? Which is easiest? Why?

Praying for you,

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1 Peter | Week Three – The Believer’s Identity

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Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on 1 Peter, “A Living Hope in Christ” by Jen Wilkin.   We just completed Week Three of our study, “The Believer’s Identity.”  We observed 1 Peter 1:13-25 in quite some detail.  Peter tells us that we are called to be holy in everything we do, because God chose us to be holy just as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).  This brings a question to mind… “how can we be holy when we live in such an unholy world?” We don’t always have the answers, but God does.

Peter begins our study this week by telling us to prepare our minds for action and be sober-minded (1 Peter 1:13).  Therefore, we need to be mentally alert so that we think clearly and not let the worries of life hinder us from living a holy life.  Daily living can be a real struggle when difficult circumstances rage out of control.  We must constantly exercise a disciplined mind so that we can live as God’s obedient child.  BEWARE….the enemy is always waiting around every corner….watching, waiting, wanting…. an opportunity to devour us!

“Be sober-minded; be watchful.  Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 ESV

You might be asking how do I discipline my thoughts when my thoughts are all over the place? It’s not easy, and it takes a great deal of practice and exercise to discipline your mind.  I have found that if I lingered on a thought even for a second, that thought would lead to another thought, which led to a lie, and soon it would snowball out of control.  That is why we must prepare our minds for action and pull our thoughts together, and we do that by the reading of God’s Word.  Replace untruths with the truth of God’s Word.  God’s Word works, but it only works if we allow it to.  The choice is ours to make.

“For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

So be on the alert and ready in your whole spiritual and mental attitude, because it is so easy to slide, especially when you are suffering.  In those moments, it is very difficult to “pull your thoughts together,” and to “be realistic” about your circumstances.  Therefore, we must set our hope fully on the grace of God in Jesus Christ so that we can live a holy life pleasing to Him.

Remembering that we cannot become holy on our own, but God gives us His Holy Spirit to help us obey and to give us the power to overcome sin.

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Write out Week 3 Scriptures (1 Peter 1:13-25) in your journal.

DIGGING DEEPER:  Memorize 1 Peter 1:13-25

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a Small Group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students.
  • Complete your study of Week Four, “Living Stones” 1 Peter 2:1-12
  • Pray before you begin your study.  Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK THREE (answer in small groups or post a comment below:

  1. What does 1:15-16 indicate should be our motive for pursuing holiness? Give an example of pursuing a form of holiness for wrong motives. (Page 34)
  2. God is both Father and impartial Judge. Is it harder for you to identify with one of these ideas than the other?  Why?  How does your focus need to shift to bring these two views of God into balance? (Page 37)
  3. In 1:1-25, what does Peter note is perishable (temporary)? What does he note is imperishable (eternal)? (Page 42)
  4. What perishable things are most likely to demand your attention and affections? How does a focus on those things diminish your ability to love others earnestly from a pure heart? (Page 43)
  5. What impacted you the most within this week’s passage of 1 Peter? How has Peter challenged you to pursue what lasts and put away sin?  How has he encouraged you?
  6. How do you find assurance that your faith in Christ is real?

Blessings,

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1 Peter | Week Two – A Living Hope

Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on 1 Peter, “A Living Hope in Christ” by Jen Wilkin.   We just completed Week Two of our study, “A Living Hope.”  We dissected the first twelve verses of 1 Peter, and oh what powerful verses these were! God knows exactly what we need at just the right time.

My mother was just diagnosed with that dreaded “C” word….cancer… this past week.  It can’t be! We lost my dad to cancer just three years ago.  Why is God doing this?  Why will he allow us to go through this suffering again?

Life on planet earth is not easy.  It might be smooth sailing one day and life is great, and then the next day your world is crumbling all around you.  Jesus told us we would have trouble in this world:

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

Warren Wiersbe writes, “The trials of life test our faith to prove its sincerity.  A faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted.  A person who abandons his/her faith when the going gets tough is only proving that he/she really had no faith at all” (Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Hopeful).

Peter tells us “that the tested genuineness of our faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7

It’s okay to grieve during a painful trial.  God gave us tears for a reason, and He collects every tear.

You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle…” Psalm 56:8

I buried my head on my mother’s shoulder and sobbed and sobbed with the word “cancer” still echoing in my ears.  I do not know what our future holds, but what I do know is that God holds our future, and we can have peace and joy in the midst of pain.  How?  Because Jesus overcame the world.  Through His death and resurrection, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope (1 Peter 1:3). We will not be alone in this journey.  God promises to be with us and never to forsake us  Joshua 1:5.

Our suffering is not in vain.  There is a higher purpose for suffering.  It draws us closer to God and strengthens our faith muscles.

Where will you place your hope today?

Take heart that the God of our universe, creator of Heaven and Earth, is in control of your life and your circumstances.

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Write out Week 2 Scriptures (1 Peter 1:1-12) in your journal.

DIGGING DEEPER:  Memorize 1 Peter 1:1-12

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a Small Group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students.
  • Complete your study of Week Three, “The Believer’s Identity” 1 Peter 13-25
  • Pray before you begin your study.  Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment below:

  1. In what sense are you and I “elect exiles”? How do you think Peter’s message will be relevant to us 2,000 years later and halfway across the globe? (Page 21)
  2. In what sense is our hope in God a “living hope?” What other forms of hope are there? How is our hope superior to other forms of hope? (Page 22)
  3. Our inheritance through Christ is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. What are you seeking to inherit in this life? (Page 23)
  4. In what ways are you challenged to be more like the prophets of old? Like “those who preach the good news?”  Like the angels described in 1:10-12.  (Page 27)
  5. What impacted you the most within this week’s passage of 1 Peter? How has Peter challenged you to look beyond your current circumstances to a future inheritance?  How has he encouraged you?

Blessings,

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