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"A Living Hope"

October 17, 2021

David McNeely, Senior Pastor

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3-12

When faith gets difficult, most of us are tempted to walk away.

When faith gets difficult, 1 Peter tells us we can stand firm.

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life." -Proverbs 13:12

"3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look." -1 Peter 1:3-12

The Guarantee of Salvation (v. 3-5)

  • Through the resurrection of Jesus (v. 3)
  • Kept in Heaven (v. 4)
  • By God’s power (v. 5)

The Joy of Salvation (v. 6-9)

  • Even though grieved by trials (v. 6)
  • Knowing God will grow our faith in Him (v. 7)
  • Knowing God will grow our love for Him (v. 8-9)

The Mystery of Salvation (v. 10-12)

  • The prophets did not fully understand the suffering and glory (v. 10-11)
  • The prophets did understand their role (v. 12)

Discussion Questions

  1. Where do most people place their hope?  
  2. What is the connection between knowing (believing) what God has done v. 3-5 and rejoicing through hard times in v. 6-7? In what ways does knowing what God has done in the past (and will do in the future) affect our view of the present?  
  3. What kinds of trials have you experienced that tested your faith? What impact did it have on your faith?
  4. In what ways do we have an advantage over the prophets of old? What advantages do we have over the angels as well?