Setting Our Faith & Hope

Revive Us Again

Third Sunday of Easter, Year A

We too often want to get back to normal, to the same old, same old. But that’s the whole point of Easter; there is no same old anymore. Everything is new. We might be living in a Good Friday kind of world, but we are of Easter.

Week 2: Setting Our Faith and Hope

1 Peter 1:17-23

Fellowship – Snacks or a Meal (10 minutes with snacks; longer, obviously, if there is a meal)

Gathering and Opening (10 minutes). In pairs, share a story that brings you hope.

Group Dialogue (Approximately 30 minutes)

Read: 1 Peter 1:17-23

  • Hope is a key concept for Peter. Read the following verses: 1 Peter 1:6, 13, 21; 3:15. What do we learn about hope from these verses?
  • What does Peter command in the following verses 1 Peter 1:8, 15, 17, 22? [8 – Believe and rejoice; 15 – become holy; 17 – live in reverent fear; 22 – love one another deeply] How might the first and the last of these commands help us to do the middle two commands? [Becoming holy and living reverently are based on believing God’s work within us and loving our neighbors as our self.]
  • What do you think it means to “live in reverent fear” (v. 17)?
  • What does Peter’s contrast of “perishable things like silver or gold” with “the precious blood of Christ” highlight? [Even the finest commodities and things of this world will not sustain you like a relationship with Christ (remember blood often denotes life).]
  • What might Peter’s statement “Through him [Jesus] you have come to trust in God” mean?
  • How does what Peter has said lead to his command to “love one another deeply from the heart” (v. 22)? [We can only do so through our relationship with God through Jesus Christ.]
  • It is routinely said this time of year that Christians are Easter people. How do you think Peter would explain what it means to be Easter people based on this passage? [Especially see v. 23.]

Prayer (10 minutes). Share prayer requests and respond appropriately.

Sending Forth (2 minutes). End by praying the following or a similar prayer:

God of the Resurrection. You have clearly demonstrated your faithfulness and love to the world through sending the Son, Jesus Christ. Through a trust-filled relationship with Jesus Christ, we experience joy, peace, hope, and love. May we live as Easter people this week. Amen.

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