13Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? 14But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, 15but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; 16yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil.
18For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water.
21And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.
1 Peter 3:13-22
- What does this Scripture say about God?
- What does this Scripture say about life?
- What am I hearing in this Scripture?
- What am I going to do with this Scripture?
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Use these conversation starters to talk about life and God with your kids, spouse, or friends during the week! A great place to do this is at the dinner table. There’s one prompt for each day of the week!
Tuesday: Read the Scripture passage together.
Wednesday: What is your conscience and how do you use it?
Thursday: Have you ever had to defend your faith? If so, how?
Friday: I can speak to others about God by…
Saturday: What does your baptism mean to you?
Sunday: I feel alive in Christ when…
Monday: What have you heard from God over the past week?
This practice allows you to listen to the Scripture for the week and to open yourself up to God’s voice in that Scripture.
- Click on the audio link above and listen to the Scripture. As you listen this first time, ask God to point out to you a word or phrase from the Scripture.
- Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a second time. As you listen this second time, ask God to reveal to you the holy intentions for this word or phrase that is being spoken into your life.
- Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a third time. As you listen this third time, ask God how you might respond to this word or phrase being spoken into your life today.
Look at the image above. We all have very important things to say, but there are many voices competing for our attention in the world. Sometimes, we might like to have a megaphone so that our voice could take center stage and be heard above the ruckus. Think about it – if you had the undivided, uninterrupted attention of everyone around you for five minutes, what would you say? If you could silence certain messages that you hear spoken into our society, what messages would you silence? If you gave God a few minutes of undivided, uninterrupted attention what might God say to you? And what messages might God counteract?
Peter lived in a culture in which what you proclaimed could lead to serious consequences, including physical harm or even death. Peter himself would eventually be killed as a way to try and silence him and his message of the resurrected Christ. I am sure that this influenced the way in which he spoke – to choose his words carefully and to make them count. When your words have that much weight to them, you are likely to avoid the temptation of idle talk. How do you use words in positive or negative ways? Peter encourages his readers to be ready to speak up for their faith, and to do so in a way that will invite people into the generous grace and power of God. Are you ready to speak in those kinds of ways? If someone asked you for an “account for the hope that is in you,” what would you say? Invite God to speak to you and through you today.
Spiritual Practice: Confession
We have some foundational confessions – like the Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed – that we have inherited as a great legacy from the ancient Church. It is good, also, to personally confess your beliefs – those aspects of your faith that are foundational to you. Our confessions do not supersede the historic confessions of our faith, but can add personal connection and expression to those creeds. This week, write your personal confession of faith. You might want to start with an historic creed and elaborate on it. You can also use the five questions below to help guide you as you form your confession.
What do you believe about God?
What do you believe about humanity?
What do you believe about the Church and the Kingdom of God?
What do you believe about the world?
What do you believe about where we are heading?
Breath Prayer: LORD God, speak in us and through us.