Harvester Digital Bible Study: 1 Peter 1:1-25

June 30, 2020 Dan Doll No comments exist

Church Family,
Good afternoon everyone! Today we are starting a new study looking at the book of 1 st Peter.  Like the previous Bible Studies, we will be utilizing RightNowMedia.  Below you will see a link to sign up (free), if you do not have an account.
Sign up: http://tiny.cc/HarvesterSignUp
I encourage you to do the study in this way:  Read opening and pre-video questions, then watch the video, then go through the Bible Study, followed by the application questions. This study can be done in groups or as individuals.
Opening Questions:

  • When have you felt left out or excluded from something? Maybe from a game during school, a group of friends, or a planned event. How did you respond to being left out? What emotions did it spark in you?

No one likes rejection. It’s never comfortable feeling like an outsider, but it might surprise you to know that it’s part of our identity as Christians in this world. That’s one of the main themes of 1 Peter—exile. In Christ, we have become citizens of heaven and our hope no longer lies in our lives today, but in the second coming of our Savior.
Read: 1 Peter 1:1-25
Pre-Video Questions: (Things to think about while watching)

  • What relationship do believers have to the world in which we live?
  • What two things does Kyle say we experience simultaneously as Christians?
  • What are the two responsibilities Peter tasks his readers with?

Teaching Video and Questions:

  • What are some examples of ways that you have felt like an outsider because of your faith?
  • Think back to some of the suffering or trials you’ve faced. How did you react toward your circumstances? What did your reaction reveal about the posture of your heart? What obstacles might keep you from seeing suffering and opposition as an opportunity for Jesus?

Bible Study Questions:
Reread: 1 Peter 1:1-12

  • Based on these verses, how would you define the “living hope” Peter mentions?
  • What are some of the words or phrases that stick out to you from Peter’s description of our life in Jesus Christ? What words or phrases stand out from Peter’s description of our experiences with suffering?
  • According to verse 11, what did the “Spirit of Christ” predict about the earthly ministry of the Messiah? How should Christ’s experiences inform the way we think about our own suffering?
  • Who is an example in your life of someone who demonstrated joy in suffering? How was their joy visible? What kind of effect did it have on you?
  • According to verses 6–7, how does Peter describe the “grief” and “trials” we face in life, specifically in terms of their duration? Why does God allow us to experience them?
  • How should this truth about your identity in Christ shape the way you respond to suffering and hostility? What could change about your behavior in light of the truth that your suffering is never a surprise to God?

Reread: 1 Peter 1:1-13-25

  • Which of Peter’s instructions stand out to you the most from these verses? In what ways are they relevant to your spiritual walk today?
  • Where do you find it most difficult to “live holy” in your daily life? What truth can you take away from this week’s passage as an encouragement toward holiness?
  • Living holy in the context of suffering means facing our circumstances in a way that is set apart, namely, with the joy of our hope in Christ. How has suffering provided you with opportunities to share your faith? If not you, then how have you seen it provide opportunities for other Christians to share theirs?
  • What opportunities do you have to serve other believers in your midst today? How can you be an encouragement, especially to someone who may be suffering?
  • In the weeks ahead, we’ll see this principle applied more broadly to unbelievers, but Peter begins his letter to a suffering community by reminding them of their identity in Christ and calling them to lives of holiness and love for another. A needed reminder for us all.

Life with Christ is one of both joy and suffering. The trials we face remind us that this is not our home. Because of his sacrifice, our hardships are temporary, but our hope is eternal. Even more, through faith in Christ the Holy Spirit has transformed us such that we can face suffering with joy. Our hope is no longer rooted in our circumstances, but in the unchanging faithfulness of God.
Pray: Reflect on the list you made at the beginning of the session of the ways you’d like the Lord to grow you throughout this study. Take some time now to offer them to God in prayer and ask him to give you a heart that is receptive to his truth.
Encourage: Identify someone struggling, maybe even another believer having a hard time with feelings of being an “outsider.” Make an intentional effort to encourage him or her with the hope of Jesus, that he is near and at work within even if we cannot see it.

Look for an e-mail on Tuesday (7/7) as we continue our study 1 st Peter.  To God be the glory!

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