Friday, May 6, 2016

1 Peter, Day 5 Readings

Christian Suffering and the Duties of the Elders   

Today's first reading offers the summary of the lengthy section of 1 Peter about Christian suffering.  Some people believe that punishment and suffering is a reason to stop certain types of behavior -- this is true if you are committing crimes or causing trouble.  However, if you are being punished because you are a Christian, it is a good thing -- because you likely are being persecuted by society for similar reasons as those for which Christ suffered.

Read 1 Peter 4:12-4:19  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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The second reading provides explicit teaching to the elders of the congregations, who bear the responsibility for spiritual teaching and, if necessary, discipline.  They should not let this power go to their heads, but instead carry out their responsibilities with humility.  Christians should keep the faith until the time when Jesus returns to offer salvation and eternal peace.

Read 1 Peter 5:1-14  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 1 Peter 4:12-5:14 today.