1 Peter Study

These posts are the working parts of a Bible Study I wrote in 2010 on 1 Peter. This study is either for individuals or for small group study and includes questions and devotionals.

Twice Baked Adolescence

March 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

Adolescence.  We have all been through it.  You know, the time when you have lived through nothing but know everything?  The time when you have more pimples than purpose?  The time when you have more recreation than responsibility?  The time when your parents were clueless and your peers were crafty?  Yeah, you know the time.  We all lived through it.  In fact, I think we have all lived [click to read more]

Discussion Questions: 1 Peter 5:5-14

March 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

After talking to the Elders in the church, Peter now turns and addresses the younger men.  Literally, in the original language, this passage does not address just young men, but “young people (men and women).”  From what you can tell in 5:5-7 what is a chief problem for young people? (i.e. What do young people struggle with that Peter’s prescription here will help cure?)  Why do you [click to read more]

1997

March 24, 2010 // 1 Comment

Some interesting observations on the year 1997: The Dow Jones Industrial Index passed the 7,000 point mark for the first time ever.  That level sounds like the poverty line in today’s economy, but was an early sign of the .com boom in ’97. Steve Jobs came back as the CEO of Apple computers.  At the time, Apple was in big trouble.  Thinking that the Mac was circling the drain, Microsoft [click to read more]

Discussion Questions: 1 Peter 5:1-4

March 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

In these four verses, Peter gives some direct teaching toward “elders” in the church.  From your experience and what you have read in other places in the Scripture, what is an Elder?  (For help, you may want to read 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, Acts 20:13-38) According to 1 Peter 5:1-4, what are some of the characteristics of a good Elder? Peter begins in 5:1 by appealing to them as “one [click to read more]

Showing Your Colors

March 16, 2010 // 1 Comment

Located about five minutes southeast of downtown Dallas stands a large plastic man.  Big Tex is his name.  Every fall he welcomes hundreds of thousands of people to the Texas State Fair.  The State Fair attracts a diverse audience:  moms and daughters, boyfriends and girlfriends, high schoolers and those who are just plain high, and everyone in between.  On one Saturday each year in early [click to read more]

Discussion Questions: 1 Peter 4:12-19

March 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

Comparing the New International Version (NIV) to the New American Standard Bible (NASB) or English Standard Version (ESV) translation of 1 Peter 4:12 leads to some confusion.  In the NIV, the verse is translated, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.”  By comparison, the NASB (the ESV is similar) says, [click to read more]

Arm Yourself . . . Slippery When Wet

March 8, 2010 // 1 Comment

For just a moment, I want to invite you to do the impossible:  get inside the mind of a freshman in high school.  Think back to this fascinating era of your life and try to remember what you were thinking about . . . what mattered to you . . . who mattered to you.  This afternoon, I journeyed into my own personal adolescent abyss, and what I saw was not pretty. When I was 15 years old, life [click to read more]

Discussion Questions: 1 Peter 4:1-11

March 8, 2010 // 2 Comments

For the Christian, Jesus’ death on the cross provides us with many things.  In 4:1 Peter indicates two of the things that Jesus’ death provides.  In the first part of the verse, Jesus’ death is lifted up as an example for believers to follow.  What is the example that believers can follow when it comes to Jesus death on the cross?  In the second part of the verse, being affiliated with [click to read more]

A Complex Question

March 1, 2010 // 5 Comments

In every field, there are both simple and complex issues.  In the field of Mathematics, there is simple arithmetic and complex calculus.  In medicine, there are common colds and intricate auto-immune disorders.  In finance, there is balancing the checkbook and investing in hedge funds. In Bible study and theology, the same simple/complex dilemma occurs.  Some verses of Scripture are easy to [click to read more]

Discussion Questions: 1 Peter 3:8-22

March 1, 2010 // 1 Comment

In 1 Peter 3:8, Peter gives 5 summary commands to help guide our interpersonal relationships.  What stands out to you most about these five commands?  In what way do these five characteristics mark your life?  Is there a particular area where God is encouraging you to grow? In 1 Peter 3:9-14, Peter challenges believers to not respond to evil with evil, but to respond to evil with blessing.  [click to read more]
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