The ROCC small groups start back next week with a fall series on 1st and 2nd Peter. Today I attended an introductory session on this study and really can't wait for us to begin. Peter's Epistles provide several key themes that are challenging to live out and often more challenging to comprehend. Therefore, our objective will be to work on the application with even greater emphasis on the comprehension. In fact, if the study of John touched heavily on the relational side of our faith (a heart matter) then Peter will allow us to deepen the cognitive side (a head matter).
1 Peter 3:15 tells us to always be prepared to defend our hope in God....to give an answer. Aside from personal testimony, which is extremely important, the best way to stay prepared is to know His Word. To "be transformed through the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2), and to "love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind" (Matthew 22:37). I believe that God intends for us to hunger for His truths and to search intensely for meaning in the scripture. Just as we saw in Paul's ability to translate knowledge into reaching others, this fall we will attempt to do the same.
The natural analogy for me is to consider a runner that only laces up the shoes for race day. He/she has no interest in training, nutrition or studying the finer points of running which enables one to improve. The performance will suffer and the interest will eventually fade. Injuries will occur and in no way will this runner offer any credible advice on the sport. Likewise, our small group only continues to mature and make an impact on our world when we take an interest in the training. When we fuel up on the Word and prepare one another to offer insight to others.
So, small group members, get ready. We will continue to build upon the community that our shared journey has developed over the past year and we will look for new ways to serve. Together I pray that we find a greater desire to read God's Word and find joy through understanding these passages.
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