February 5: In Your Time of Exile (1 Peter 1:13-21)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Josh Herring will continue a series on spiritual disciplines at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
1 Peter 1:13-21
13) Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14) As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15) but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16) since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17) And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18) knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19) but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20) He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21) who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
This letter offers us instruction for life in exile, separated from the full realization of the promises and presence of God. After explaining the great salvation that is our according to God's great mercy, he now moves into calling us to live in light of it. In other words, since we are now God’s pilgrims, given new birth from God, promised an eternal inheritance, and benefactors of God’s power to protect us in faith, let us live in hope, live in holiness and live in fear of God. The fruit of his saving work is evidenced in lives of hope centered on the grace to come, in lives reflecting the holiness of God and in lives of fear before the glory of God. All these evidence the new birth of God's grace in our lives and lead to satisfaction and joy.
Review and Apply
How does Peter instruct us to set our hope fully on the grace to be revealed?
What are common objects of hope in your life? How do these threaten setting our hope fully on the grace to be ours when Jesus comes?
What does holiness mean and how is it evidenced in your life?
What are some threats to a life holiness?
What does it mean to fear God?
How does God as judge increase our fear without lessening our confidence in him?
How does considering the preciousness of Jesus' blood help us live in fear of God?