As you spend this week in private and family worship I wanted to supply you with a few questions that might help you and your family to reflect upon our sermon from last Sunday (“Doxology of Hope” 1 Peter 1:3-5). I recommend taking 1-2 questions each day as you have time rather than trying to cram it all into one session.
- Discuss examples from Peter’s life that reflect an impulsive personality. He seems to be frequently caught up in present circumstances without regard for the future. Now read 1 Peter 1:3-5. Do you think Peter has matured in the 30 years that have passed since the death and resurrection of Jesus?
- Read John 3:1-8. How does Jesus describe being “born again” to Nicodemus? Compare and contrast our physical birth with our spiritual birth. How does this relate to 1 Peter 1:3?
- How does our culture often use the word “hope”? How does Paul describe those separated from Christ in Ephesians 2:12 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13? According to 1 Peter 1:3, why is the Christian’s hope secure?
- Read 1 Peter 1:4 and spend time contrasting our inheritance which is “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading” with things in this life that can perish, become defiled, and fade. How does our inheritance affect the way we live? See 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
- Read 1 Peter 1:5. What are two ways of considering a guard’s responsibility? How does this relate to God’s power and our faith?
- In preparation for this coming Sunday, read 1 Peter 1:6-9. Can a Christian experience joy and sorrow at the same time?