- Peter described the recipients of his letter as pilgrims (1:1, 2:11). What ideas come to your mind when you consider that Christians are to be pilgrims?
- Read John’s caution about having too much affection for the world in 1 John 2:15-17. What are some of the reasons that he gives as to why we should not love the world?
- The first major topic that Peter brings up to the pilgrims is our hope of a home in heaven. See 1 Peter 1:3-5. How does he describe the nature of heaven in these verses? What it is like?
- According to verse 6, what is our response to this hope? But then, what caution is given?
- What does Peter say is one of the purposes of the various trials we face in life? (verse 7).
- What response to the hope do you see again in verses 8-9.
- What is the point Peter is making in 10-12?
- KEY VERSE FOR TONIGHT’S STUDY – verse 13. How important should the hope of heaven be to Christians according to verse 13. (Note: the phrase “the revelation of Jesus Christ” (NKJV) is a reference to the second coming of Christ at which time we will be judged and receive our heavenly home. Understanding that, what does Peter says the thought of the return of Christ should mean to us?)
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