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Week 9 | 1 Peter 3:1-6

[1] Likewise, 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,

[2] when they see your respectful and pure conduct.

[3] Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—

[4] but 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.

[5] For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands,

[6] as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.

(1 Peter 3:1-6 ESV)

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Week 8 | 1 Peter 2:18-25

[18] Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust.

[19] For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.

[20] For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.

[21] For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.

[22] He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.

[23] When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.

[24] He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

[25] For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

(1 Peter 2:18-25 ESV)

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Week 7 | 1 Peter 2:11-17

[11] Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

[12] Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

[13] Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,

[14] or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.

[15] For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.

[16] Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.

[17] Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

(1 Peter 2:11-17 ESV)

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Week 6 | 1 Peter 2:6-10

[6] For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

[7] So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”

[8] and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

[9] But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

[10] Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

(1 Peter 2:6-10 ESV)

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Week 5 | 1 Peter 2:1-5

[1] So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

[2] Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—

[3] if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

[4] As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,

[5] you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

(1 Peter 2:1-5 ESV)

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Week 4 | 1 Peter 1:20-25

[20] He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you

[21] who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

[22] Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,

[23] since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;

[24] for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,

[25] but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

(1 Peter 1:20-25 ESV)

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P2R | 1 Peter 1:13-19 (Week 3)

Tim Brister —  September 14, 2015 — 1 Comment

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Week 3 | 1 Peter 1:13-19

[13] Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

[14] As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,

[15] but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,

[16] since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

[17] And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,

[18] knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,

[19] but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

(1 Peter 1:13-19 ESV)

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Week 2 | 1 Peter 1:6-12

[6] In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,

[7] so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

[8] Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,

[9] obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

[10] Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully,

[11] inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories.

[12] It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.

(1 Peter 1:6-12 ESV)

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Week 1 | 1 Peter 1:1-5

[1] Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

[2] according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

[3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

[4] to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,

[5] who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

(1 Peter 1:1-5 ESV)

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PTR-1-Peter_728x90Summer is over, and boy what an eventful summer it was. It as if a seismic shift happened in our culture, especially as it relates to marriage and sexuality. But the decisions from the Supreme Court and the sway of cultural acceptance are but manifestations of a deeper spiritual reality. Christianity is no longer at the center of American life. We no longer can look other countries and think that marginalization and overt opposition only happens to them. This new reality begs new opportunities, not new fears or laments.

As all of this transpired over the summer, I began thinking about what I can do to help program my life not according to the dictates of the Supreme Court (or any other human authority) but according to God and His supremely authoritative Word. The letter of 1 Peter was written to a people of dispersion, “elect exiles”, as Peter would call them. The were pushed and pressed to the margins of society that despised them and constantly reminded them they were not welcome in their world run by the prince and power of the air. This letter was written to instruct them to remember the gospel, to know their identity in Christ, and to live in such a way that Jesus Christ would be clearly seen in their words, witness, way of life, and willingness to suffer for His glorious name.

Do we not have such a need to meditate and memorize such a letter in times like this? What difference would implanting the imperishable seed of the Word of God in the fertile soil of your heart do to help you live faithfully as a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people for His own possession? What means of grace would this be to not only memorize it ourselves but do so in a community doing the very same thing and encouraging one another along the way? That’s what Partnering to Remember is all about and why I want to launch a new P2R initiative called the 1 Peter Memory Moleskine.

During the summer of 2009, I created a method of memorizing Scripture called “The Memory Moleskine.” Basically, it is a simple, portable, accessible method of memorizing a large section of Scripture. In 2011, I created the Philippians Memory Moleskine, and never could I have imagined so many people would jump on board! Since then apps have been created and several other memory moleskines have been put together by those in the P2R community. Now, for the Fall of 2015, I would like to issue a new Scripture Memory challenge to us all with the 1 Peter Memory Moleskine.

What Is a Memory Moleskine?

I am a big fan of Moleskine journals, and I have found the Cahier pocket-size moleskines to be a perfect little tool for organizing and retaining a scripture memory method. These journals are 3.5×5.5 in size and can fit in pockets, purses, and small Bibles. They can be purchased in a set of 3 where you can take one for yourself and share the other two with those who partner with you.

How It Works

Using PTR-1-Peter_300x250the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible, I have broken down the book of 1 Peter into 17 weeks. Beginning the first week of September 2015, this schedule takes you to the end of 2015 where you can begin the new year reciting the whole book of 1 Peter! Some weeks would have more verses to memorize than others (based on the section breaks), but on average, there are 6 verses each week to memorize (or roughly one verse per day).

Scripture memorization is hard. It’s best not to go alone. Do it in community. Partner together to remember God’s Word and encourage one another in the process. Loving exhortation and meaningful accountability is essential to sticking to the challenge and remaining committed week in and week out. There will be times you want to quit, discouraged or disappointed along the way.

Practical Steps to Begin

  1.  Purchase your set of Cahier pocket-size moleskine journals (or something similar to it)
  2.  Download the custom-made 1 Peter Memory Moleskine PDF and print it out
  3.  Cut out the sections according to the borders
  4.  Use double-sided tape to attach the sections on the right side of journal
  5.  Find a partner or two (or more!) to memorize 1 Peter with you
  6.  Get started with us at the beginning of September

The Important of Rehearsal and Retention

The left side of the journal is dedicated to rehearsal, reflection, and retention. Without regular review, the verses you memorize will be forgotten. Additionally, I have provided specific counsel from guys like Donald Whitney and Andy Davis on how to discipline yourself with a retention strategy. It would be a tragedy to memorize 1 Peter in 2015 and forget it in 2016! Let’s work hard to keep that from happening!

But more than that, use the left side of the page to write key words, phrases or thoughts that stick out in your meditation and memorization of the section for the week. Meditation sweetens the memorization and internalizes the verses you are memorizing so that it not only lodges deep in your head but deep in your heart as well.

Resources to Help You

There are some very practical resources out there to help you. Let me recommend to you the following:

  • ESV Audio of 1 Peter from Faith Comes by Hearing (to listen to 1 Peter in its entirety only takes 17 minutes. Do this daily. Seriously. It will do wonders for your memorization. Listening to it has a way of internalizing it that will help you press forward. Note: this link is to the podcast where you need to download each chapter to your phone or tablet. You can also listen to the Bible from other apps or online programs for free.
  • An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture (Kindle Version) by Andy Davis. Here is a great resource for kindle users that costs only $.99 where Andy Davis unpacks a popular and helpful strategy for not only memorizing but maintaining long passages of Scripture.
  • Commentary on 1 Peter by Wayne Grudem (for a devotional and theological study of 1 Peter). One reviewer says, “Here is a brief and very clear summary both of the consolations and instructions needful for the encouragement and direction of a Christian in his journey to Heaven, elevating his thoughts and desires to that happiness, and strengthening him against all opposition in the way, both that of corruption within, and temptations and afflictions from without.”
  • BibleMinded App – here is a popular app available on iTunes and Google Play that allows you to put in your own Bible verses using whatever Bible translation you prefer and provides ways to test yourself as you make progress.
  • ScriptureTyper App – another popular app for Scripture memorization not only on iTunes and Google Play but also Kindle and desktop versions as well.

Finally, A Missional Challenge

Everyday Church HeaderFor those who want to take the plunge a little deeper, let me recommend you to a book based on 1 Peter that gives practical application to life on mission. It is called Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester. You can get this book as a paperback or kindle version. I find this book one of the most instructive and insightful books on how to live as the people of God every day in a world needing to know the love of Christ from a community of light. Here is the chapter breakdown and schedule that I plan to do along with the 1 Peter Memory Moleskine . . .

Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

  1.  Life at the Margins (1 Peter 1:1-12) // September 1-14
  2.  Everyday Community (1 Peter 1:13-2:8) // September 15-30
  3.  Everyday Pastoral Care (1 Peter 1:22-2:3) // October 1-14
  4.  Everyday Mission (1 Peter 2:9-3:16) // October 15-31
  5.  Everyday Evangelism (1 Peter 3:15-16) // November 1-30
  6.  Hope at the Margins (1 Peter 3:8-5:14) // December 1-31

Connecting and Promoting

If anyone would like to help spread the word about the 1 Peter Memory Moleskine, be sure to find us on Twitter and “like” our Facebook page as well. For those who would like to promote it online, here’s a header (or footer) graphic as well as sidebar ad graphic.

I want to say a special thanks to my friend Drew Downs who helped me created the 1 Peter Memory Moleskine as well as the promotional ad/artwork. I could not have done it without him. Thanks Drew!

Are You In?

If you are going to accept the challenge to memorize 1 Peter with me, please let me know! If I can assist you, I will do my best. May God’s Word penetrate deep into our minds and hearts and conform us into the image of Jesus Christ as we seek live out our calling as elect exiles in this day and age.

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