Stand Firm | Pastors Steve Stoltzfus & Eddy Hostetler | 1 Peter 1:1-9
READ 1 Peter 1:1-9
According to the first few verses in 1 Peter, as believers we are: chosen, passing through, set apart, and blessed.
· Which of these truths is especially encouraging to you right now?
· Which of these truths would you like to understand better? Why?
Chosen: John 15:16
Passing Through: John 17:14, Hebrews 11:13-16, Colossians 3:2
Set Apart: 1 Peter 2:9
Blessed: Philippians 4:4-7
Peter is writing to a group of people who were undergoing trials and suffering and by God’s mercy, were born again to a living hope, Jesus Christ. It is easy to replace our true, living hope with a false, dead hope. Trials sometimes reveal our substitutes.
· What substitutes do you choose in place of Jesus? (worship music, ministry, fellowship, children, spouse, work, etc.)
· Is your current trial revealing any substitutes in your life? Is there anything or anyone you believe you have to have other than Christ to be content?
· Are you seeking Jesus as your life or do you seek other hopes/dreams? (family, fun, job, success, comfort, happiness, etc.)
Other scripture: 1 John 2:16, 17
Read John 10:27-29. God keeps us. He keeps us through our trials. Through trials, our faith is tested or purified. As our faith is purified, it will result in praise, honor, and glory when we see Jesus. (1 Peter 1:4-7)
· What is a trial you’ve been through?
· How has your view of God changed through that trial?
· How have you changed as a result of having gone through that trial?
· For what do you praise God now that you didn’t prior to your trial?