Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: Let God's Word Rock Your World
Saturday, July 19, 2014
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The Christian life is a radically changed life. It's a life that seeks clear thinking and practices self-control (v.13). It's a life that pursues obedience to God and forsakes past sinful ways (v. 14). It's a life that's "shaped by God's life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness" (v. 15, The Message). How is such a life possible? Not through anything we can do on our own, but through a genuine rebirth that "comes from the eternal, living Word of God" (v. 23).
- Finish these two sentences: "The Bible isn't … " "The Bible is … "
- List three to five truths about the Christian life you find in verses 13 through 22.
- According to verses 18 and 19, what role does Christ play in our salvation? (See also Gal. 1:4; 1 Pet. 3:18; Col. 2:13-14.)
- What do you learn about the Word of God in verses 23 through 25?
- Over the next several days, look for specific ways God's Word impacts your attitudes and actions.
Key Study Passage:
1 Peter 1:13-25
Spend Time in Prayer: Thank God for specific reasons you're grateful for the Bible. Ask him to help you to be more sensitive to hearing and obeying as he speaks to you through your daily Bible reading.
1 Peter 1:13-25
A Call to Holy Living
13 So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God's obedient children. Don't slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn't know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, "You must be holy because I am holy."
17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as "temporary residents." 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.
21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.
22 You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.
Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, may I read my Bible with great reverence and expectancy, knowing that I'm reading words that are inspired by you and able to convict me of sin, offer me guidance for daily living, and help me to know you in ever-deepening ways.
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