Welcome to our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of 1 Peter, “A Living Hope in Christ” by Jen Wilkin. This first week is our “Introduction” week and a time of getting to know one another and to answer any questions you may have about how this online Bible study works. We want your experience here at Sheree Poole Ministries to be positive and enjoyable. Welcome aboard!
First Peter is preeminently a letter of hope. Therefore, the theme for our Inductive Bible Study on 1 Peter is we are “anchored in the living hope of Christ.” So what exactly is the purpose of an anchor? Dictionary.com gives us the following definition:
“Any of various devices dropped by a chain, cable, or rope to the bottom of a body of water for preventing or restricting the motion of a vessel or other floating object, typically having broad, hooklike arms that bury themselves in the bottom to provide a firm hold.”
This is my prayer for us as we go through this study….to anchor ourselves with “hooklike” arms for a firm hold in Christ for security, support and stability when the waves of trials and difficult circumstances wash over us. When we are securely attached to Jesus Christ, nothing can tear us from His hand. We will be able to handle anything without being washed away by a tsunami. You will be reminded of this hope in Jesus Christ by the photos of anchors you will see each week in our small groups. So let’s drop anchor and begin!
It is inevitable that we will all go through suffering at various times in our journey of life on earth. You may be going through a difficult trial right now, or you may have just come through a trial or going through several trials at one time. Peter tells us not to be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you 1 Peter 4:12. As you go through these difficult days, just remember there is always hope!
The Holman New Testament commentary states, “Rather than allowing our pain to derail our Christian living, our hope and trust remain with God, who loves us and will use even the suffering in our lives to grow us into better people.” Suffering does serve a purpose in our lives. It is not a pleasant experience to suffer difficult trials and circumstances, but through these times of testing we will see and experience Jesus Christ in a new light and what a testimony our lives will be for others who are also going through difficult times. We can share with others how God carried us through our difficulties. Remember, we are all in this journey of life together!
I love this quote by Warren Wiersbe:
Hope is not a sedative; it is a shot of adrenaline, a blood transfusion. Like an anchor, our hope in Christ stabilizes us in the storms of life; but unlike an anchor, our hope moves us forward, it does not hold us back.
There are five central themes of this letter of 1 Peter as introduced by Jen Wilkin in the Introduction video:
- Suffering – Christ and His followers due to persecution
- Our identify as believers
- A coming judgment
- Importance of imitating Christ
Before beginning this study, please take time to read the “How Should We Approach God’s Word?” on pages 4 through 13. This is valuable information on how to use the Bible study guide to help you understand the Inductive Bible study approach that we will be using each week. Here is our reading schedule for 1 Peter. Each week begins on Monday.
* Week 1: Sept. 19th – 1 Peter Introduction
* Week 2: Sept. 26th – A Living Hope
* Week 3: Oct. 3rd – The Believer’s Identify
* Week 4: Oct. 10th – Living Stones
* Week 5: Oct. 17th – Submission Part 1
* Week 6: Oct. 24th – Submission Part 2
* Week 7: Oct. 31st – Submission Part 3
* Week 8: Nov. 7th – Self-Controlled & Sober-Minded
* Week 9: Nov. 14th – Clothed in Humility
Each day’s study time will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes, sometimes less or sometimes more, depending on the day’s study. I urge you to set aside a quiet time of study with God free of distractions. I have found that if I make my appointment with God at the same time each day, I am more apt to keep that time on a consistent basis. It also helps to have all your study materials in your special quiet time place, which will help you stay motivated: Your Bible, Bible study book, a notebook or journal, colored pens and pencils, highlighters, stickie labels, etc. It is not necessary to purchase an Inductive Study Bible for the purpose of this study. The entire Scriptures on 1 Peter are included in your Bible study book. You may also use your own Bible in your favorite translation .
I also encourage you to participate in a small group to discuss the lessons you are learning each week. Sharing is voluntary, and we do not expect you to share anything that will cause harm to yourself or another person. We meet in a private Facebook group, or if you prefer, you may answer the discussion questions here on this website by posting a comment below. This first week our small groups will meet for a time of introduction and fellowship where you’ll meet your leaders and the other ladies in your group. Our entire ministry team will be praying for you.
We will begin discussing WEEK TWO in your Bible study workbook the week of September 26th.
BIBLE STUDY TIP: Before you begin the lessons each week in your Bible study workbook, read through the entire Book of 1 Peter from start to finish. You will find the entire Book of 1 Peter in the ESV version in your Bible study workbook on pages 130-139. I also like to read the Scriptures in several different versions to really grasp the depth of the message. This will help you get acquainted with this letter of 1 Peter. Record your first impressions and thoughts in your notebook or journal. What type of literature is 1 Peter?
Assignment For the Week
- Make sure you registered for this online Inductive Bible study so that you receive email updates each week on Monday.
- Write a letter to God in the front cover of your Bible study workbook. Date your letter and tell God where you are in your season of life right now, and where you hope He leads you during this study. We will not ask you to share your letter. This is personal between you and God.
- Pray before you begin reading. Ask your resident teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
- Select a small group day and time that fits your schedule. The small group schedule is pinned to the top of the private Inductive Studies Chat Room.
- Arrive to the private Facebook group for the one hour meeting that you chose to attend. A small group photo will be posted by the leader a day prior to your meeting time.
- Begin your study of Week Two: A Living Hope in your study guide and complete the daily lessons in your notebook or journal.
Week One Introduction Discussion Questions – Answer in your small group or post a comment below
- What motivated you or drew you to this online Bible study and what do you hope to receive from it?
- How would you define the word “hope?”
- How does a Christian’s understanding of the future give them hope in the present? How would you explain hope to an unbeliever who has given up all hope?
- How does your hope for eternal salvation in Christ help you get through the dark days of suffering and frustration?
- How can our leaders and the other women in this small group support you in your spiritual journey throughout this study? Do you need encouragement, accountability, Bible study tips, or something else?
Praying hope for you,