Sunday June 14, Join us for the Study of 1 Peter 1, 10:00 a.m.

Charlestown UMC will being services with a Bible study on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. The service will be CDC compliant and have a time of prayer, Bible reading, and discussion of 1 Peter 1.
Here are a few questions for you to prepare for the study. Also, write down any questions or comments that you have for the discussion.

1 Peter Bible Study – Week 1
A Heavenly Inheritance (1:3-12)
Read 1 Peter 1:3-12
Questions to reflect on the passage
1. Verse 1:3 starts out by saying that Christians have been born again. How does that occur according to this verse and what does it mean to be “born again?”
2. Verses 3 and 4 suggest we have been born into a “living hope” and “an inheritance.” What is the meaning of these elements? What words are used to describe the inheritance?
3. Verse 5-6 speak of trials. What is the purpose of trials in these verses?
4. Verses 10-12 speak of the prophets inquiring and diligently seeking to know something. What did they inquire about? What did God reveal to them in their searchings (v. 12)?
Questions to reflect on your life
1. Do you see your salvation in terms of being “born again?” What does that phrase imply in terms of how we are to interact with the world?
2. Why do you suppose Peter describes our inheritance as “incorruptible”, “undefiled”, “reserved in heaven?” What do those words communicate to you about your salvation and how should that impact your faith and trust in God?
3. Do you perceive your sufferings as “trials through fire”? Why or why not? Are you undergoing difficulties at the moment? Explain. How can Peter’s advice to his readers help you in your difficult circumstances?
4. What do you make of the prophets of the Old Testament inquiring about the mysterious salvation that you now possess? (Note also how angels were curious too (v. 12). How should the fact that you have much more knowledge than the prophets regarding Christ and his mission change your approach to faith and living in that faith?

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