During this series we will look at the book of 1st Peter, which is written to a group of Christ-followers who were experiencing a lot of difficulty, suffering, and discouragement because of their faith. In this book, Peter invites us to learn what it means to allow Jesus to elevate our lives to a whole new way of thinking and living in the middle of difficulty, and how to resist the constant pull of this world that tries to keep us down.
- Which of the following ways have you played or would you play with real gravity? Share with the group:
- Bungee Jumping
- Riding in a hot air balloon
- Describe a time where you felt like (or really were) a foreigner. Where were you – was it when you went to a different country, moved to a new city, or began a new job? How did being a foreigner change everyday life for you?
- What one thing stood out to you from Jeff’s message? Share with the group.
Peter writes this book to “chosen aliens.” He lets Christ-followers know that they are citizens of heaven, which means they are foreigners on this planet and strangers in a strange land. Being strangers in a strange land means living with a different perspective, which Peter shares as he opens his book. Read together 1 Peter 1:1-12.
- What are some words or phrases that stand out to you in this passage? Why does this resonate with you?
- In what way does the Trinity show up in this passage? What roles do you see each person in the Trinity playing?
- What does it mean that God the Father has chosen us? Do you feel like you’ve been chosen by God? Why or why not?
- What does it mean to be sanctified? Can suffering help us become more sanctified? Have you experienced this personally?
- Has there ever been a time where you’ve felt angry or abandoned by God? When and why? How might this passage help you when you feel that way?