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Message Discussion Guide – 12.19.21 – Hope in the Dark Week 3

Hope in the Dark

Week 3

God

Read: 1 Peter 1:3-9

  • What is the context surrounding this passage? Who is Peter writing to, and why is he writing to them? What’s happening in the world at this time?
  • How does this passage impact you? What stands out about it? 
  • How can this passage nurture your faith and walk with Jesus?

Group

  1. Do you find yourself usually full of hope or pessimism? Why do you think this is?
  2. Peter wrote this letter to Christians facing harassment and hostility from their Greek and Roman neighbors, yet he leads off with a declaration of praise. How do you keep your heart set on praising God during trying times?
  3. Peter calls for these Christians to “greatly rejoice” while acknowledging that they have to “suffer grief in all kinds of trials.” How does this call make you feel? Does it encourage you? Frustrate you? Confuse you? Why?
  4. What does the term “living hope” mean to you?
  5. How do God’s promises of coming glory (v. 7-9) affect your view of your current circumstances?
  6. What can you do to adopt a mindset that focuses on God’s promises to come rather than current suffering?
  7. Have you ever experienced the “inexplicable joy” Peter speaks of in v. 8? If so, when?
  8. “Life’s hardships deepen our faith and make it more genuine.” Do you agree or disagree with that statement? Why do you feel that way?
  9. How can we lovingly share this message with others, especially non-Christians, without minimizing their problems?

Go

  • As you look ahead at your week, do you foresee any rough patches? How can you prepare your mind to look for growth and opportunity in these moments?
  • Identify someone who’s going through a rough season in life. How can you respectfully share the message of 1 Peter 1 with them this week?

Close in Prayer