Mon, May 2nd - 2:05PM
1 Peter 4
1 Peter 4
A disciple lives to do the will of God and not to
pursue the desires of the flesh.
1Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the
same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from
sin, 2so as to
live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for
the will of God. 3For the
time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in
sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless
respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood
of debauchery, and they malign you; 5but they
will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6For this
is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged
in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God
A disciple is
self-controlled and sober minded. He
loves others and shows hospitality without complaining.
7The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and
sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8Above
all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9Show
hospitality to one another without grumbling. (ESV)
A disciple uses his
gifts to serve God and others.
10As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good
stewards of God’s varied grace: 11whoever
speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by
the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified
through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
A disciple is willing
to suffer for the cause of Christ.
not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as
though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings,
that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are
blessed, because the Spirit of glory and
of God rests upon you. 15But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an
evildoer or as a meddler. 16Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be
ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of
God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey
the gospel of God? 18And
“If the righteous
is scarcely saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
19Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will
entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. (ESV)
Sun, May 1st - 10:44PM
1 Peter 3
1 Peter 3
A disciple respects and honors his spouse.
1Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that
even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the
conduct of their wives, 2when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair
and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart
with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight
is very precious. 5For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to
adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are
her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.
7Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an
understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they
are heirs with you of the grace
of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. (ESV)
A disciple has unity, sympathy,
love, a tender heart and a humble mind.
He does not seek revenge instead he blesses others.
8Finally, all of you, have unity of
mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9Do
not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless,
for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. (ESV)
does not fear when he is persecuted for doing good. A disciple honors God in his heart and is
ready to give a defense for his faith with gentleness and respect.
13Now who is there to harm you if you
are zealous for what is good? 14But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be
blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being
prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope
that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who
revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s
will, than for doing evil. (ESV)