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Sermon Study - 1 Peter 5:6-11

“Humble and Vigilant” from 1 Peter 5:6-11. You can listen to the sermon here.

Sermon Review

One of Peter’s main goals in this letter was to equip his readers with what they needed to live as God’s people in the world. And to that end, Peter has given his readers a number of instructions throughout these five chapters. In this paragraph, we come to Peter’s final series of instructions. After this section, all that remains is the formal closing to the letter. But this passage is the final series of instructions. Now, what makes these instructions so important is that they are really a summary of the entire letter. These six verses draw together in one coherent paragraph all that Peter has taught regarding how to live as God’s people in the world.

What that means for us is that these verses become very important and very helpful as we seek to understand how we should live in culture that is rapidly changing. Think of these verses as a short survival guide, a summary for how to live as a Christian in the midst of a world that is not our home.

In verses 6-11, Peter gives his readers three closing instructions. First, in vv6-7, Peter tells his readers to humbly submit their lives to God’s will. Second, in vv8-9, Peter exhorts his readers to remain vigilant. And third, in vv10-11, Peter reminds these Christians that the God of all grace will finish what he has started.

For Further Study

In verses 6-7, Peter encouraged his readers to humbly submit their lives to God’s will, even it included suffering and trials. Jesus himself modeled this kind of humility. Read Mark 14:32-42 and answer the following questions.

  1. What does Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane teach us about humbly submitting our lives to the Father’s will?
  2. How does Jesus’ experience in Gethsemane encourage you in the pursuit of humility?

In verses 8-9, Peter exhorted his readers to remain vigilant against the devil. The apostle Paul also made similar comments in his letter to the Ephesians. Read Ephesians 6:10-20 and answer the following questions.

  1. What similarities do you see between 1 Peter 5:8-9 and Ephesians 6:10-20?
  2. Based on these passages, how important is steadfastness in faith when it comes to resisting the devil? For

Personal Reflection

During the sermon, we considered a series of questions concerning whether or not we are vigilant against the subtle scheme of the devil. Those questions are reproduced below for your further consideration:

  1. Are you faithfully reading and believing God’s word? Or are you living on past experiences with the truth, things that you believed at one point way back when?
  2. Are you faithfully reminding yourself of the gospel? Or have you moved on from the message of Christ crucified, thinking that there are other, more important truths for life?
  3. Are you faithfully gathering with God’s people? Or have you slowly, maybe even unwittingly given in to the individualism of this age that says all you really need is yourself and your own spirituality?
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