Sermon Study - 1 Peter 1:3-5
"Praise God for a Living Hope" from 1 Peter 1:3-5. You can listen to the sermon here.
In this passage, we enter the body of Peter’s letter. We see where he begins in his attempt to minister to these suffering Christians. And to many people, Peter surprisingly starts with worship. He doesn’t begin with advice or counsel. He doesn’t begin with commands on how to make it through difficulty. He begins with praise, and that praise then gives way to unshakeable hope.
In verse 3, Peter praises the God who grants new life. This is the main idea of the passage. After having offered praise, Peter also discuss three realities of the new birth – a living hope through a living Savior; an inheritance kept for us; a people kept for that inheritance.
For Further Study
- Throughout our passage, Peter discusses the believer’s new life with God that comes through Christ. Read Ezekiel 36:22-32 for an Old Testament vision of this new life. What similarities do you notice between Ezekiel’s passage and Peter’s discussion of new life?
- In verse 3, Peter praises God for the new birth. Read John 3:1-15, where Jesus also discusses the new birth. What similarities do you see between the two passages? How would Jesus say the new birth happens?
For Personal Reflection
- Based on 1 Peter 1:3-5, what do we learn about the role of praise in the midst of suffering? How does this change your approach to suffering and difficulty?
- Think about a friend who is suffering. What are some practical ways you can encourage him or her with the truths from 1 Peter 1:3-5?