1 Peter 1:1-9
Peter’s opening words to believers in exile:
- You are chosen!
- And what you have been given is better than you even know!
- So in all this, you can rejoice in your suffering!
- Did the Holy Spirit speak to you about anything today?
- Think of the word chosen in light of your own experiences. What did it represent in those times? How did it give you confidence and purpose?
When you think of the three phrases used of the Trinity with regard to the word chosen, what do those mean?
- What is the difference between a dead hope and a living hope as you have seen it displayed in life?
- Why is the concept of new birth absolutely necessary to understanding what it means to be a Christian.
- Think about the words perish, spoil, or fade with regard to any inheritance. How do those concepts fortify the hope of a Christian’s inheritance.
- How can a Christian grieve and rejoice at the same time?
- The metaphor of a furnace is such a rich description. Describe how it compares to the trials of life. In what way are you feeling in a furnace right now?
- Read through verses 8 and 9. Name the ways that you are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy because of Jesus.