Scripture Verse in focus: 1 Peter 1:3-9
Main Idea from the passage: We rejoice, because God has given us faith and hope and guards our faith and hope to the end.
1. What do you find yourself hoping in most often – other than Jesus? If you’re not sure – what you are hoping in could be revealed by what you are most disappointed or angry about in response to not getting it?
2. How have any of these hopes become idolatrous? Remember, an idol is not defined by what you want but that you want it too much. An idol can be anything you are willing to sin to get or any desire you sin to fulfill.
3. How was your understanding of your faith in God changed (or encouraged, etc.) as you heard about how God guards our faith?
4. Have you viewed God as a loving Father who only lets us suffer “if necessary” or have you had a different view of God? Why?
5. How can you practically change and begin to place more hope in God and the fact that He has given us faith and hope and guards our faith and hope?
6. How can you practically pursue keep your hope alive in Christ? (God keeps it but calls us to an active relationship with Him – what should this look like?)