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GG Questions 07/29/2018
Living Hope: Purposeful Suffering 1 Peter 3:13-22
1. Close Reading: After praying for God to enlighten your mind, read through 1 Peter 3:13-22 a couple times, slowly. Look for these three things: LIGHTBULB – something that shines from the passage, draws your attention; QUESTION MARK – something difficult to understand; ARROW – a personal application. Share the results of your study with your group.
2. Be Prepared (3:13-17): 1 Peter 3:15 maybe the most memorized verse in the book of 1 Peter. While this verse is often used as a rationale for studying Christian apologetics (and rightly so), the force of Peter’s comment here has to do with an explanation for their CONDUCT, not an explanation for their THEOLOGY. In the overall context of 1 Peter 3:8-22, why would someone ask a Christian about their conduct? How has your hope influenced your conduct and how would you explain this to someone who asked?
3. For Example (3:18, 22): Peter returns to the example of Jesus (2:21-25) as the rationale for why (and how) we can respond to trials and persecution with blessing and hope. How is Jesus the perfect example of One who experienced persecution while doing good?
4. Noah? (3:18-22): 1 Peter 3:19-20 are among the hardest verses to interpret in the entire New Testament. Why do you think Peter uses the example of Noah here (Gen. 6:5-14; 2 Pet. 2:5)? What do Peter’s readers have in common with Noah (judgment, salvation, minority)? What do you think it means that Jesus preached to the imprisoned spirits at the time of Noah (3:19)? How are we like both Noah and Peter’s readers?