APR. 30: LIFE IN THE CHURCH

By Mark D. Proctor
Pastor, Highland Park Baptist Church, Columbia

Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies For LifeFocal Passage: 1 Peter 4:7-11

A favorite Gary Larson cartoon of mine is one with two deer talking in the forest. One has a marking on the fur of his chest that closely resembles a target. His friend remarks, “Bummer of a birthmark, Hal.” Christians in the first century church must have felt the same way. Their Christianity made them easy marks in a hostile, Roman world. How could a Christian live a victorious life in Christ in that world? Peter’s letter, written to the ‘sanctified elect’ (I Peter 1:1), was intended to encourage just such a life and is every bit as appropriate today in an increasingly hostile world as it was in the first century. [Read more…]

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OCT. 30: ALERT LIVING

By Hoyt Wilson
Pastor, Flatwoods Baptist Church, Holladay

Sunday School Lessons explore the bibleFocal Passage: I Peter 5:1-11

Christians are prone to say “God has promised that victory is ours,” without remembering that there are still battles to be fought.  The world, our flesh, and the devil daily present challenges to faith in God and one must be alert to perceive those challenges. The title of this lesson is “Alert Living.” Peter has already reminded his readers in I Peter 4:7: “… be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” To be alert one must not only be wide awake, but must be aware of what is happening with the intention of being prepared to act. There are several areas of responsibility and relationships that need attention if Christians are to practice alert living. [Read more…]

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OCT. 23: WHEN RIDICULED

By Hoyt Wilson
Pastor, Flatwoods Baptist Church, Holladay

Sunday School Lessons explore the bibleFocal Passage: I Peter 4:12-19

How can one expect life to be fair in a fallen world? The best team does not always win. The one who works the hardest does not always get the promotion. Those who live morally, ethically, and spiritually often are ridiculed because of the quality of their lives. The best person who ever lived died young, condemned and crucified by those He came to save. Life really is not fair. [Read more…]

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OCT. 16: EQUIPPED TO LIVE

By Hoyt Wilson
Pastor, Flatwoods Baptist Church, Holladay

Sunday School Lessons explore the bibleFocal Passage: I Peter 4:1-11

When confronted with danger, both people and animals must choose flight or fight. Peter recognized there was potential for significant persecution of believers scattered in the five provinces mentioned in I Peter 1:1.  He warned: “… since Christ suffered in His body, arm yourselves … ” (I Peter 4:1). No, He was not advocating that they prepare for physical battle, but he did want to help them be equipped to live under persecution and to glorify God in the process. Peter did not leave them hanging, but shared how they could be equipped to live in times of spiritual warfare.  [Read more…]

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OCT. 9: ALWAYS READY

By Hoyt Wilson
Pastor, Flatwoods Baptist Church, Holladay

Sunday School Lessons explore the bibleFocal Passage: I Peter 3:13-22

Dawson Trotman, the founder of the evangelistic organization, The Navigators, said: “Soul winners are not soul winners because of what they know, but Who they know, and how much they want others to know Him.”  [Read more…]

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OCT. 2: LIVING IN RELATIONSHIP

By Hoyt Wilson
Pastor, Flatwoods Baptist Church, Holladay

Sunday School Lessons explore the bibleFocal Passage: I Peter 3:1-12

We have names for the ways we are connected with other people. Father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter, boss, and many other terms express our relationships. We live connected to others.  Each connection we have with others brings with it a responsibility to learn how to live in that relationship. I Peter 3:1-8 shares vital guidance for the primary family relationship of husband and wife.  [Read more…]

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SEP. 25: LIVING AS STRANGERS

By Hoyt Wilson
Pastor, Flatwoods Baptist Church, Holladay

Sunday School Lessons explore the bibleFocal Passage: I Peter 2:11-20

All of us begin life as strangers. When forced from our mother’s womb, we enter an environment in which we are strangers. Hopefully, bonding with parents and becoming accustomed to the strange sights, sounds, and touch to which one is subjected will soon lead to one belonging. I Peter was written to Christians who needed to know how to function as a minority people in unfamiliar surroundings. Peter reminded them that they were foreigners and exiles among pagan people. As a baby is forced from the mother’s womb, they had been forced from their homeland, thus they were exiles and strangers. The first word of I Peter 2:12 was good advice — “live.” [Read more…]

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SEP. 18: BUILDING OUR FAITH

By Hoyt Wilson
Pastor, Flatwoods Baptist Church, Holladay

Focal Passage: I Peter 2:1-10Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies For Life

Charlie Brown said to Lucy: “Lucy, wouldn’t it be great, knowing what we know now, to get to live our lives over?” Lucy responded: “Charlie Brown, what do we know now?” Not even Christians get to live their lives over, but persons who receive Jesus as their Savior, do get to live a new life.

“Therefore” in I Peter 2:1 refers back to I Peter 1:23: “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” The implication is that the new life will be a different kind of life because the Christian is born of imperishable seed. This should remind one of what Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit” (John 3:6 NIV).  Peter speaks to the change that believers experience when he says: “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good” (I Peter 2:3, NIV).  [Read more…]

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SEP. 11: BE HOLY

By Hoyt Wilson
Pastor, Flatwoods Baptist Church, Holladay

Sunday School Lessons explore the bibleFocal Passage: I Peter 1:3-9

A boy scrubbed clean and dressed in his Sunday best went outside to wait for the rest of the family before church. He could not, however resist the puddles from the night’s rain. He was wet and dirty when he went back into the house. Mom was unhappy and fussed. “I’m sorry, Mom,” he said. “All right, now go wash and change clothes,” she responded. “But, Mom,” he said, “I don’t want to be clean, I just want to be forgiven.”

Isn’t that the attitude Peter was resisting and warning against? Forgiveness and conversion begin with the call of Christ and must be an act of one’s will as Christ is received and self is surrendered. “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance,” Peter advised. Christians are not perfect, but they must be committed to allowing the Holy Spirit to continually guide them in the direction of holiness. “Be holy, as I am holy” is not a suggestion. It is a command from God. No saved person can remain as he was in his sin. [Read more…]

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SEP. 4: A LIVING HOPE

By Hoyt Wilson
Pastor, Flatwoods Baptist Church, Holladay

Sunday School Lessons explore the bibleFocal Passage:  I Peter 1:3-9

Some years ago a submarine sank off the coast of New England. Rescue operations began as soon as possible and divers located the vessel on the bottom of the ocean. As the divers approached the ship, they heard metallic clanging — someone was striking the inner wall of the sub with a metal object. The divers stopped to listen and realized that a message in Morse code was being tapped out from inside the sub — “Is there hope?” [Read more…]

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