Sermon Study - 1 Peter 1:13-16

September 9, 2013

by Jeff Breeding

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“Hopeful Holiness” from 1 Peter 1:13-16. You can listen to the sermon here.

Sermon Review

Hope and Holiness. Those are two words that Christians do not typically put together. For a variety of reasons, we don’t normally think of hope and holiness together. But in 1 Peter 1:13-16, the apostle Peter shows us that not only do hope and holiness go together, but that hope actually leads to holiness. The two ideas – hope and holiness – are not on opposite ends of the spectrum. They are complementary components of what it means to live as Christians in this world that is not our home.

For Further Study

In 1 Peter 1:13, God’s grace ground God’s commands. The imperative of v13 is built on the teaching on God’s grace in verses 3-12. Read the following passages. How does God’s grace ground the commands in these passages?

  1. Romans 6:1-12
  2. Colossians 3:1-12
  3. Philippians 2:12-13

For Personal Reflection

In discussing what it means to hope fully on God’s grace, we asked two application questions:

  1. Is there anything in my life at this point that dulls my awareness of my need for God’s grace?
  2. Am I daily rehearsing the gospel – the reality of the gospel, the certainty of the gospel, and my need for the gospel?

Take some time this week to answer those questions. Think about how you can grow in daily rehearsing the gospel, so that your mind is prepared to hope fully in Christ.

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