Worship Guides_July 19; 1 Peter 1:3-12

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Bible passage: 1 Peter 1:3-12
Story point: We know that we Christians will be refined and that our inheritance is eternal life in heaven.
Key passage: 1 Peter 3:8a Though you have not seen him, you love him.

Younger Kids: Bible Story Review & Bible Skills
Key Passage Activity

Supplies: Paper, pen/pencil
Write: out the words of the key passage on a piece of paper. Practice it several times, then have then choose one word at a time to erase.
Say: Peter wrote these words in a letter to remind people that God works through believers as they do His work.

Bible Story Questions
  1. Do you remember what Miss Stephanie said an “inheritance” is? If you are a Christian, what inheritance is promised? (An inheritance is sometimes what you get when someone dies, or sometimes when you turn a certain age. An inheritance is something left to you. The inheritance Christians receive when they die is eternal life in heaven with God. )2. What did Miss Stephanie say about “refining”? What refines us as Christians? (Refining takes place when impurities, or dirt, is removed from a precious metal. In the lives of Christians, hard times refine us.)

    3. Who were the prophets in the Old Testament serving? Do you remember any of the prophets that we may have talked about before? (The prophets were serving God’s people, the Israelites. They were preaching God’s message and warning God’s people.)

Activity: Keep the Ball Up (Keepy Uppy)

Supplies: Balloon or Ball
Set a timer and see if you can keep a balloon up for a minute, then make it more challenging by making it longer or only using one hand each. .
Say: It may have been hard, but we knew that victory and a chance to take a break would be at the end. We know that as christians, we will face trials, but we also know that heaven is our inheritance and the struggles are worth it.

Older Kids: Bible Story Review & Bible Skills
Key Passage Activity:

Supplies: Paper and pencil
Write out the words of the key passage on a piece of paper. Practice it several times, then have then choose one word at a time to erase.
Say: Peter wrote these words in a letter to remind people that God works through believers as they do His work.

Bible Story Questions
  1. Do you remember what Miss Stephanie said an “inheritance” is? If you are a Christian, what inheritance is promised? (An inheritance is sometimes what you get when someone dies, or sometimes when you turn a certain age. An inheritance is something left to you. The inheritance Christians receive when they die is eternal life in heaven with God. )2. What did Miss Stephanie say about “refining”? What refines us as Christians? (Refining takes place when impurities, or dirt, is removed from a precious metal. In the lives of Christians, hard times refine us.)

    3. Who were the prophets in the Old Testament serving? Do you remember any of the prophets that we may have talked about before? (The prophets were serving God’s people, the Israelites. They were preaching God’s message and warning God’s people.)

Activity: Keep the Ball Up (Keepy Uppy)

Supplies: Balloon or Ball
Set a timer and see if you can keep a balloon up for a minute, then make it more challenging by making it longer or only using one hand each
Say: It may have been hard, but we knew that victory and a chance to take a break would be at the end. We know that as Christians, we will face trials, but we also know that heaven is our inheritance and the struggles are worth.

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Gospel Student Ministries

Scripture: Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3-12
Faith in Exile

Intro/Overview

2020 has been a difficult year thus far. Not only have we continued to struggle under the weight of this worldwide pandemic, but now we are working through the difficulties of racial and political tensions that are currently plaguing our country. If you simply turn on the news or scroll up and down your timeline, it can be really easy to be discouraged. There are so many people struggling right now, because they have no hope. No hope for the future, no hope for deliverance, unity, recovery, freedom, etc.

But as the people of God, we have a living Hope, and His name is Jesus. Although we live in a world that is infested with sin and brokenness, we can rejoice because of all that we have in Christ Jesus. God in His incredible mercy has made a way to cover our sin, reconcile us to Himself, and adopted us into His family. All of this is accomplished by the perfect, finished work of Christ, and His life, death, and resurrection. Because Jesus is the risen King, we have an eternal hope; we have new and abundant life.

This new life, and this glory that awaits us is our inheritance as the children of God. And 1 Peter 1:4 tells us that our inheritance is “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.” That is glorious news. This inheritance is unlike anything you’ll find on this side of eternity, as sin has corrupted all that we see in this life. 1 Peter 1 doesn’t simply tell us of the reality of this inheritance, but it also tells us that God is keeping and preserving this inheritance for us, and essentially He is keeping and preserving us for this inheritance. So He is keeping it AND us.

Knowing the eternal glory that awaits us, allows us to suffer and endure during difficult times (like right now!). When Christ returns and His glory is revealed to the world, all of us, as the sons and daughters of God will also be revealed to the world and we will share in a portion of Christ’s glory. This is what motivates us to suffer well, and it is in our suffering well that Christ is magnified. Enduring hardships and difficulties really serves to test and refine our faith as well as bring praise and Glory to the name of Jesus.

Finally, as believers we operate completely on faith. 1 Peter 1 tells us that even though we don’t see Him, we believe in Him (v. 8). This is the life of the believer, putting our faith and trust in Christ Jesus. Believing that He is indeed the Risen Savior, and because of Him and His sacrifice, we are made new and we have a hope that is beyond this life.

Discussion Questions

Read: 1 Peter 1:3-12
Reflect on these verses

These questions are meant to generate conversations with your students.
1. 1 Peter 1:3 tells us that it is because of His great mercy that we are born again. Discuss the meaning of mercy. How does mercy differ from grace? Understanding that you are a beneficiary of God’s mercy, how does this impact your life? How does this change (or solidify) the way that you view God.

2. What does it mean to be born again (turn to John 3 and Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus)?

3. Peter tells us that our living hope is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. How does the resurrection of Christ give you hope? How does that impact your reality?

4. Verse 4 tells us that our inheritance is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. How is this inheritance different from the joys/gifts the world offers us?

5. How can we rejoice even in our sufferings? In what ways can we use our trials/difficulties to bring glory to the name of Jesus?

As Christians, our hope and our confidence should ultimately rest in Christ Jesus.

End your time together by praying as a family. Pray specifically for the things that you’ve discussed (and confessed), pray for each other, and pray for our world as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis and the racial and political tensions currently facing our nation

Parents:

Consider ways to leverage the time that you have with your students. How can you utilize this time to help them see Jesus/own the mission?

In what ways can you love/serve your neighbors? Think of some practical (and safe!) ways that you and your student(s) can be the hands and feet of Jesus at this time. Visit www.gospelcc.org/serve for some ideas to help with this week’s food drive!

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Adults

Peter helps us to see that we’re never really going to fit in this world because we’re created for a different reality.

Engaged Alienation (or exilic alienation): We must preserve our distinctiveness while not retreating from our responsibilities as neighbors, friends, and earthly citizens.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. You are being guarded by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials so that the proven character of your faith—more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him; though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who prophesied about the grace that would come to you, searched and carefully investigated. They inquired into what time or what circumstances the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when he testified in advance to the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you. These things have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—angels long to catch a glimpse of these things.”
1 Peter 1:3-12 (CSB)

Peter anchors us in the reality of who we are before focusing on what we need to do.

Knowing that we’re the recipients of God’s mercy, that our salvation is sure and secure, and that we have a God who keeps his promises, gives us confidence and leads to praise.

1. We praise God, and experience legitimate hope, because our salvation is certain. (vv. 3-5)

2. We praise God, and experience lasting joy, because our suffering is not in vain. (vv. 6-9)

3. We praise God because we are living the fulfillment of Scripture. (vv. 10-12)

1. We praise God, and experience legitimate hope, because our salvation is certain. (vv. 3-5)
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No matter how great our lives might be, and no matter how bad things get, there is something far better that we have to look forward to.

2. We praise God, and experience lasting joy, because our suffering is not in vain. (vv. 6-9)

“You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials so that the proven character of your faith—more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 1:6-7

Christian hope matures with time; suffering refines and deepens our faith.

“True Joy is not the absence of pain but the sanctifying, sustaining presence of the Lord Jesus in the midst of the pain.” — Nancy DeMoss

3. We praise God because we are living the fulfillment of Scripture. (vv. 10-12)
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“Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who prophesied about the grace that would come to you, searched and carefully investigated. They inquired into what time or what circumstances the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when he testified in advance to the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you. These things have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—angels long to catch a glimpse of these things.”
1 Peter 1:10-12

From start to finish, the Bible is one story about God’s redemption and love.

The fulfillment of God’s promises gives us confidence in his Word and leads us to praise.

What does all of this mean for us, and for our church, in this season?

We’re not going to run and hide.
We’re not going to give in to the chaos or blindly adopt the values of our culture.
We’re going to live out and model our living hope.
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“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, 2 keeping our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:1-2 (CSB)
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A Call to Endurance:
~remove distractions and confess our sins
~run with endurance
~keep our eyes on Jesus

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