On Christmas Day Harpeth members Betty Kayitesi and Emmy Nteziryayo were featured on the front page of The Tennessean! Read their heart warming story of loss, love and faith here.
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SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 5:2-3 2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 3Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.
OBSERVATION: This is a great passage that highlights several keys to understanding how God intended the church to be led. First, God actually takes heirs to his throne and entrusts them to the care of leaders or shepherds in the church. Next, He reminds them of Read More »
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:15-16 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
Observation: 1 Peter 4 is essentially addressing the fact that if you live like a follower of Chrsit you will suffer persecution. Because you will look different from the rest of the world, and they will not like that. They will not like that you abstain from things of the Read More »
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation. God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.”
Observation: I love this passage because Peter is doing a couple things: First, he’s talking primarily to Gentiles, who prior to Christ, were not God’s chosen people. Second, he’s applying descriptions of the Israelites in the Old Testament (Exodus 19:5-6) to these Gentiles Read More »
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:14; 22-23 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.[a] 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
Observation: My observation is for the entire chapter of 1 Peter 1, since this is the reading that Bobby prescribed for us. My Application will be only for the verses that stood out to me-as identified in the S. Here are some great links that explain SOAP further (I am following the Read More »
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:8 (NLT) You love him even though you have never seen him. Through you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.
Observation: This is a great picture of one who had been with Jesus, who had seen him, reaching out to those who had not. Peter is affirming the Christians he’s writing to for coming to faith in Christ without seeing him and goes on to praise them because they have Read More »
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
Observation: A tried faith is much more precious than tried gold. This is a double comparison of faith and gold, and the trial of the one with the trial of the other. Gold is pure, useful, and durable, of all metals; so is faith among Christian’s virtues. Gold does not Read More »
In 2006 the leaders of Harpeth Community Church embraced Relational Discipleship so that we could more faithfully follow Jesus’ method of “discipleship” or of being “Christ-followers.” Since that time, we have been making this full transition. On August 13-14th, 2010 Jim Putman (with the help of Tracy Cameron) presented Read More »