April 30, 2017, Lectionary

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When they asked him, "What shall we do?" Peter had an answer ready. Acts 2:14a, 36-41; compare 1 Peter 3:15

Interesting how the sacrifice of thanksgiving changed over the years, from food going in the mouth to praise coming out. Leviticus 7:12-15; Psalm 116 :1-4, 12-19; Hebrews 13:15

Redeemed and born again by things that don't get corrupted, by the blood of Jesus and the word of God. 1 Peter 1:17-23

Jesus asked a question and then listened to the full answer, though He must have been eager to tell His own story. Luke 24:13-25

Thoughts about Listening

All dressed up and nowhere to go. Don't let it happen to you. Figure out what you want and where you're going! Acts 2:14a, 36-41

My journal is my listener every day; after that, having a face-to-face listener is the icing on the cake. Psalm 116:1-4,12-19

I cherish, like treasure, whatever I find that cannot be corrupted by rust or mold, insect or thief, greed or lies. 1 Peter 1:17-23

Ask an open question, not directive at all, and then listen to the full answer. This is gift listening. Luke 24:13-25

Bible Reading Group Homework

1.    Which is more like you? a) making quick decisions, having ready answers, or b) pondering the questions, taking the time necessary to decide well. Tell and talk about this in your group.

2.    Read or listen to Acts 2:14a, 36-41. The Holy Spirit certainly aroused the people through Peter’s preaching. When the people asked what to do, Peter had a ready answer. Do you think he had pondered long for that answer? See also 1 Peter 3:15.

3.    Read or listen to Psalm 116 :1-4, 12-19. Compare and contrast Old Testament and New Testament sacrifices of thanksgiving (Leviticus 7:12-15; Hebrews 13:15). What would it be like to know that God inclined his ear, tipped His head, to hear you?

4.    Read or listen to 1 Peter 1:17-23. Locate the two instances of the word “corruptible.” Discuss what Peter thought is corruptible and what incorruptible. How are things corrupted today by rust or mold, insect or thief, greed or lies? Tell your testimony of experience with the incorruptible things. See also 1 Peter 1:3-4 and 2 Peter 1:4.

5.    Read or listen to Luke 24:13-25. This is a great story for drama, charade, or mime. Try it in your group, exaggerating the emotions, so all can feel the changes. What Scriptures did Jesus have and cite? What do you know about those Scriptures? Where can you find them? How often do you read in them?


1. ¿Cuál suena más como tú? A) Tomar decisiones rápidas,  tener respuestas listas, o B) Reflexionar sobre las preguntas,  tomando el tiempo necesario para decidir bien. Hablar de esto con su grupo.

2. Leer o escuchar Hechos 2:14, 36-41. Ciertamente el Espíritu Santo despertó al pueblo a través  de la predicación de Pedro. Cuando la gente le preguntó qué  hacer, Pedro tenía una respuesta lista. ¿Crees que habia meditado esa respuesta,  durante mucho? Ver también 1 Pedro 3:15.

3. Leer o escuchar  el Salmo 116:1-4, 12-19. Compare y contraste los sacrificios de acción  de gracias del Antiguo Testamento y del Nuevo Testamento (Levítico 7:12-15, Hebreos 13:15). ¿Cómo sería saber que Dios inclinó su oído, ladeó  su cabeza  para oirte?

4. Leer o escuchar 1 Pedro 1:17-23. Busque los dos ejemplos de la palabra "corruptible". Analice lo que Pedro pensaba que es corruptible y que  es lo incorruptible. ¿Cómo se corrompen las cosas hoy, por óxido,  moho,  insectos,  ladrones, codicia o  mentiras? Da tu testimonio de la experiencia con las cosas incorruptibles. También ver 1 Pedro 1:3-4 y 2 Pedro 1:4.

5. Leer o escuchar Lucas 24:13-25. Esta es una gtan historia  para representar un drama, farsa o mímica.  Pruébelo con su grupo, exagerando las emociones, para que todos puedan sentir los cambios. ¿Jesús, qué Escrituras tiene y cita? ¿Qué sabe de esas Escrituras? ¿Dónde las puedes encontrar?  ¿Con qué frecuencia lee en ellas?