Sermon Text: 1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
- Share with the group an experience of suffering in your own life. How do you think this experience has shaped the way you live toward God and other people?
- In our passage, what does Peter say about the living hope and lasting inheritance that are ours in Christ? As you think about your own life, what makes Peter's message good news for you personally?
- Peter describes life as a furnace in which our character is forged through trials the way gold is purified through fire. What trials are you going through right now, and how might these produce in you a more profound lamentation and joy? How can we pray for you more specifically this week?