1 Peter 1:3-9
“3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birthinto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
● Pray for the Holy Spirit’s leading as you discuss the passage and share it together.
● Read the passage out loud.
● What new learning or reminder of truth stood out to you from this section?
● What questions about the passage do you still have?
● What personal applications did you create for yourself after reading this passage?
● (v. 3). Should praise for God be a regular part of our Christian lives? Why?
● (v. 3). Peter praises God the Father. List some reasons Peter gives in this section (v. 3-9) to praise God the Father.
● (v. 3). Who is our living hope? Why is it essential that we have new birth into a “living” hope?
● (v. 4). Describe our future inheritance. How does it compare to any inheritance we could give or receive here on earth?
● (v. 5). What is God shielding with his power? For how long is God shielding?
● (v. 6). What is the coming salvation? How is it different from our initial salvation?
● (v. 6). How does Peter describe the trials Christians face?
● (v. 7). What is the purpose of trials? How is faith more valuable than gold? Who receives praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed?
● (v. 8). How can Christians love and believe in Jesus whom they have never seen?
● (v. 8). What brings inexpressible and glorious joy to a Christian’s life, even in the midst of trials?
● (v. 9). Is the salvation mentioned in verse five the same salvation mentioned here in verse nine?