Sunday, December 2, 2007

1Peter Chapter 1 - 2:3

I was again asked to teach on the books of the bible and this time round, i was teaching 1Peter Chapter 1 - 2:3. It was the writings of Peter and its audiences was targetted at Christians suffering for the noble cause of being a true christian following Gods ways but troubles seems to be coming from all directions, their neighbours and government authorities. Peter wrote to these Christians to encourage them, explain to them why suffering occurs, and to remind them of their eternal reward at the end of this earthly life.

I started with the class doing a exercise of wrapping a cloth which is a towel around their waist, explaining to them that in Peter's time, somewhere in the Middle East area, typically the people will wear cloaks to work and hence, they will fold it to the waist area securely so that it doesn't fall off while working. Hence, Peter uses this example in verse 13 where one must gird up the loins of the mind, be sober, and rest our hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Be ever ready and be holy as He is holy, while we also ran through some old testament scriptures (Leviticus 20:7-8)to prove that He is holy and asks that his people to be holy too and who sanctifies (who sets you apart)you as well.

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