THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 99th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
LESSON TITLE: LIVE HOLY LIVES
Adult/Young Adult Topic: DARE TO BE DIFFERENT
Printed Text: 1 Peter 1:13-25
KEY VERSES:1 Peter 1:14-15 (NIV)
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 99th Edition, 2019-2020
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People admire and emulate those who live in accord with what they say. How can we put our beliefs into action? The book of 1 Peter teaches believers that they must live holy lives and do good, loving deeds for others, thus demonstrating that they trust in God and have been born anew.
Those who set their hearts on the perishable will perish; those who set their hearts on what endures will endure. The holiness of God’s holy people is not centered in God alone or in one’s own devotional life. Holiness builds community, the community of mutual love and support. Love for God, purity of self, and love for the brother and sister in Christ are all essential ingredients of the community of living hope that 1 Peter seeks to build.
Heavenly Father, give us the strength and courage to live differently in the world. Help us to recognize that You have called us to be a counter-cultural, obedient people. We seek to imitate You in all our ways and actions. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen