Taught last week at my Bible study in NE Glendale, CA. Taught with an emphasis on questions and discussions, interaction with the Bible study:
1 Peter 1:2-9 GNEBS
Teaching Outline (25 minutes) Purpose: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure [by the truth of God’s Word]. To encourage believers to bless the Father, rejoice in their hope, in the midst of persecution and trials. To call unbelievers to turn from their rebellion against God and His people.
Ice Breaker Question: Name, which church/fellowship group do you attend, what are some things you look forward to in heaven?
Intro (5 min): Why are Christians persecuted? Because obeying God’s Word causes differences with unbelievers. God’s Commandments will cause us to be at odds against our culture, whether it’s not partaking in their speech or sins, abortion, marriage as given by God.
What a wicked world we live in. The hostility towards Christians had been present since Jesus had come. Several of the apostles had already been killed for the faith. The persecution greatly increased in intensity since Emperor Nero blamed the Christians for the fires that swept through Rome. Peter is writing to encourage the Christians scattered through the Dispersion. He knows persecution; His older brother Andrew was beheaded by Herod, and only by a miracle was Peter able to escape the prison. Christians are rejected by Jews for following Jesus, receiving salvation by grace and rejecting works-based righteousness, even changing the day of worship to Sunday. Christians are rejected by Gentiles and Romans, turning away from temples, not bowing down to idols/men, not accepting religious practices.
Why should you follow Christ if it may cost you everything you have, even your life? How do you encourage Christians who are being persecuted? In verse 2 of the letter Peter reminds us again that we were Chosen and Sanctified for Christ’s Glory. May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.
(see notes on Ex. 24:4–8). Sprinkling
TEXT (1 Peter 1:1-9)
- Chosen by the Father’s Plan (v. 3-5)
- According to His great mercy, caused us to be born again
- Why is it mercy? We deserve death, and instead received forgiveness for our sins.
- To obtain an inheritance
- Adopted as sons
- Imperishable, undefiled
- Kept in heaven
- Sanctified by the Spirit’s Help (v. 6-7a)
- In this you greatly rejoice
- Though now for a little while
Heb 11:32-38 Persecution of the Christians
- So that the proof of your faith
- Assurance of our salvation. Joy in our salvation
- More precious than gold
- Even though tested by fire
- For Christ’s Glory – (v. 7b-9)
- May be found to result in praise and glory and honor
- When He returns
- Though you have not seen Him, you love Him
- Because He loved us first
- Obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls
Following Christ may lead to our death. Yet, will that not just lead to us receiving the outcome of our faith? Jesus not only died a physical death, but He took on the Father’s wrath and suffered spiritual death so we never have to.
V 11 Sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow
“As Christians are being persecuted, do not pity ourselves. We are not the ones going against God. The people persecuting God’s people and living as slaves to sin are the ones to be most pitied. If you continue in your sins, there will only be God’s wrath to look forward to.
Conclusion (1 Peter 5:10-11) “After you have suffered for a little while…”