I Pet 3:15, Getting ready to defend our hope

Week-2 Handout … for the class-session on 04/28/21

NOTE: We will refer to both Week-1 and Week-2 Handouts during this session.

Session-2 outline

          Opening prayer

( 5 mins) Devotional thoughts

( 5 mins) Strengths & weaknesses of the chaining methodology being used in

             this class (unfinished business from week-1)

( 5 mins) One general principle applicable to all methodologies of

             “defending our hope”

(15 mins) Interactive-exercise related to “Spiritual Authority” … designed to

             enhance our individual lists of texts by a cooperative blending

             of the starter-lists from every participant

( 5 mins) Brief discussion of enhancement to the “chains-lists” that are

             stored inside the back-cover of our sharing-Bibles. 

            (See page 4 from the Week-1 Handout)

( 5 mins) Homework for next week and any remaining questions/comments

 

Devo Subject: The significance of I Pet 3: 13-14 on the original usage of our central text (I Pet 3:15)

        Read Is 8: 12-13, & compare it with the OT quote in I Pet 3:14B.

        What does I Pet 3:14 indicate regarding the circumstances of the

        original audience of Peter’s letter?

        What then is the significance of the conjunction “but” at the start

        of our central text?

           Who were the children of Israel not to fear (Is 8)?

           Who were the children of Israel supposed to fear (Is 8)?

         What is the normal significance of “the LORD” in OT texts?

  

            How does that compare to its normal usage in NT texts?

Strengths & weaknesses of the chaining methodology being used in this class …

   Strengths?

   Weaknesses?

One general principle applicable to all methodologies of “defending our hope”

   A ______ without its ___________ is susceptible to becoming a ______-_____

   How can we apply this principle to the chaining methodology?

Homework for Week-3:  Make your starter-list of texts for both

                      “A Universal Problem” and “Universal Availability”.

   (Note: “Doubling up” now will enable us to deal with all 5 sub-Topics!)

 

Main-Topic: Defending our Hope

   Sub-Topic: Spiritual Authority (Note: As we discussed last week, this sub-topic will be used

                                         at the start of many, if not all, Bible studies.)

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Whole sections marked off by asterisks are only for purposes of the class.  These sections can be deleted from your lists of verses for sub-topics … unless you just want them as reminders of the process you used to produce your starter-list and your enhanced-list.

                The 3-step process for building  

                   the list of texts (v-links) for the Sub-topic “Spiritual Authority” (h-link-1)

_1 Phase 1 of the Homework: Find as many applicable texts as you (personally) can

_2 Interactive session the next week: Everyone shares his own findings & adds others’ to his list

      NOTE: If a text on your starter-list has neither an ‘x’ nor a check-mark, then the class

               has not yet been made aware that the (unmarked) text is on your starter-list!

_3 Phase 2 of the Homework – SEQUENCE the enhanced-list in a way that you could comfortably share

NOTES: The data in the example that follows corresponds to the bottom of page-2 & top of page-3

          on the Handout from Week-1.

       Each row of Column-1 will start as a BLANK.  When you, or anyone else in the class, shares

          that text during the Interactive exercise, you will put an ‘x’ or a check-mark there.

       At the end of the Interactive exercise, every verse of every participant’s starter-list

          should be marked … to indicate that it has been shared with the class!

The remainder of this page represents one way you could organize a WORD document to deal

          with the first two steps of the 3-step process described above.

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                       Starter-list built during Phase 1 of the Homework

Shared?      Text          key thought

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   __        Mt 28:18      All authority has been given to Christ Jesus

------------------ End of texts you hypothetically found in Homework phase-1 --------------------

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         (EVERYTHING from here-on-down was shared by another member, because it was not on the

          starter-list which was produced during your Homework-Phase-1)

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                        Additions to your list as a result of Interactive exercise

   x         II Tim 3:16   All Scripture is inspired by God

   x         Prov 3:5      Trust the LORD, not your own understanding

 

 

                         Enhanced-list built during Phase 2 of the Homework

Text          Key Thought   

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II Tim 3:16   All Scripture is inspired by God

Mt 28:18      All authority has been given to Christ Jesus

    The following available texts related to this sub-topic are ones that you chose NOT to use

    in the main-body chaining within your “sharing”-Bible.

Prov 3:5      Trust the LORD, not your own understanding

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Can you think of one-or-more reasons you might decide NOT to include a text that was shared by someone during the Interactive exercise for a sub-topic (as illustrated with Prov 3:5, above)?

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   _2

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