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INTRODUCTION to 1st Peter - “Anchored in Hope” series
he readers of the Peter’s letter were confused and discouraged by the persecution they were encountering because of their faith. Peter exhorted them to stand strong, repeatedly reminding them of Christ’s example, the riches of their inheritance in him, and the hope of his returning again to take them to heaven. Peter explained how Christians should respond when they suffer because of their beliefs. Called the “apostle of hope,” Peter’s primary message is to trust the Lord, live obediently no matter what your circumstances, and keep your hope fixed on God’s ultimate promise of deliverance. Suffering is to be expected, but it is temporary and yields great blessings for those who remain steadfast. Peter probably wrote this letter in the mid-60s a.d.
Key Passages: 1 Peter 1:1-12
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
- “Anchored in Hope”… when you hear the word “hope” what comes to mind? (eager expectation, the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best)
- Read 1 Peter 1:1-2.
- ow does Peter describe the recipients of this letter?
- What might be surprising about the term “elect exiles”? What hope/comfort may this give to those who are exiles to be described as “elect” exiles?
- What do we see in this verse about the trinitarian nature of God? What particularly do we notice about each person of the Godhead? ( The father KNOWS, God the Spirit is sanctifying, and God the Son is who we are to obey)
- “Grace and Peace multiplied to you”. Why would Peter have written this knowing they were under persecution?
- Read 1 Peter 1:3-5.
- eter praises God. What is the source of this praise?
- Why is praise like this so vital in the midst of storms of life?
- What can you identify in these verses as a cause for hope despite circumstances?
- Read 1 Peter 1:6-9.
- hat does the “this” refer to in verse 6 that we are to rejoice in?
- Peter points to a reason for the suffering (it isn’t random chance but divine design)..what is that two-fold purpose? (tested genuine of your faith and ultimate glory of God)
- What is the outcome of genuine faith and how does this give us hope in this life? (salvation of our souls)
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Pray for that we live with “hope”, peace and joy that amidst suffering, trials and this crazy life… can only be found in Jesus; that as sojourners here (temporary residents) we will glorify and model Christ.