I Peter Questions & Notes
1) Start with a quick prayer, something like, “Father, open my eyes, mind, and heart as I study your Word.”
2) Read I Peter.
3) Work through the questions and comments on your own, or as part of a group.
Peter quotes from the following Old Testament books: Leviticus, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, and Hosea. Also, 2:25 is an oblique reference to Job 10:12, though it’s not a quote. Some of the books (like Leviticus, Psalms, and Isaiah), he quotes from more than one passage.
Suffer, hope, holy, joy/rejoice: these expressions each appear more than once in chapter 1. With these four keywords in mind, can you summarize what Peter is trying to communicate at the beginning of this letter? Can you relate to what Peter is saying at this point in your life?
“…that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Have you come out of darkness and into God’s light? What does this mean? What does it feel like? Does the world look different to you now? Are you different now? Do you regret the transition from darkness to light? The things that are gone now: do you view them as a regrettable loss, or does it feel like you have been relieved of a burden? Are you still in darkness? Do you still have unbearable burdens? Do you want to move into God’s light?
This passage has caused some girls and women to feel unnecessary guilt about using makeup or maximizing their beauty. But when we read the entire Bible, we learn that beauty is spoken of in favorable ways. Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Esther were all beautiful women, and their beauty is clearly an asset in their description in the Bible. It’s noteworthy that Esther was trained in the art of makeup, and that her beauty was specifically an asset that God used to save his people from genocide. My question for you: if we balance 3:3-7 with everything written in the Bible about beauty and makeup, what will we teach our daughters? How do all of the relevant Bible passages fit together cohesively?
Those who have monitored my teaching for any length of time know that I often refer to the Three S’s at the heart of Christianity — Suffering, Sacrifice, and Service. Peter mentions two of these explicitly in this chapter, and the third one is alluded to. Can you find them?
“…testifying that this is the true grace of God.”
My question to you: what does “this” refer to? Meditating on Peter’s letter, what is the true grace of God? Can you put it in your own words, and show me which part (or parts) of Peter’s letter substantiate your explanation?
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