Tested by Fire:

A Lenten Bible Study on 1 Peter

Tested by Fire: Living as a Christian in a Post-Christian Era

Mark Vitalis Hoffman, Hope Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND

Second Week of Lent - February 28-March 5, 1996

A Holy Nation

A Study of 1 Peter 1.13-2.10

For Openers:

For Your Information:

For Your Consideration:

  1. 1.13 - How do you go about "preparing your mind for action"?
  2. 1.14 - What sort of things do you think would be included in the warning against being "conformed to the desires you formerly had in ignorance"?
  3. 1.13-15 - List the five things we are encouraged to do. What sense of progression do you get from these? Which of these is hardest for you to do?
  4. 1.15 - It says, "Be holy yourselves in all your conduct." What does it mean for you to be holy? How is this saying different from, "Be wholly yourselves in all your conduct"? How might they be the same?
  5. 1.13-16 - What are some things you do or do not do because you are a Christian?
  6. 1.16 - How can the statement, "You shall be holy," be understood as both a command and a promise?
  7. 1.17 - What does it mean to live in reverent fear? (The Greek simply says to "conduct yourselves in fear.") Is this a good or bad thing?
  8. 1.18 - Consider all the things in your life which are "perishable." For which of these would you want to get some kind of insurance? Which things in your life are imperishable? How do you budget your time and energy with regard to what is perishable or imperishable?
  9. 1.14, 18-19 - Read these verses from the perspective of someone who is not a Christian. How would a non-Christian respond to them? Better yet, how would you explain them to a non-Christian?
  10. 1.14, 2.2 - At what stage in your Christian would you say that you are? An "obedient child"? A "newborn infant"? Someone who has "grown into salvation"? In what ways have you seen your spiritual life grow?
  11. 2.3 - When have you "tasted" that the Lord is good?
  12. 2.5 - As what kind of "living stone" would you describe yourself? Granite or sandstone? A fossil? A geode? Obsidian? Marble or flint?
  13. 2.6-9 - In your experience, how have you seen Jesus to be both a precious "cornerstone" as well as stone that is "rejected" and causes people to stumble?
  14. 2.9 - Note the four things that it says Christians are. Which of these is the most encouraging description for your life as a Christian?
  15. 2.9 - How does this description of the Christian community relate to discussions about the United States as a Christian nation?

For Later:

Daily Bible Readings for February 28-March 5

These daily Bible readings are given with the hope that they will help you on your spiritual journey through Lent. Before beginning a Bible reading, start your meditation time with prayer, perhaps the Lord's Prayer. Then read the passage from 1 Peter which is given for that day. (Readings for Sunday are not given. Go to church!) Through the course of Lent, you will read the entire letter of 1 Peter. A second passage is also suggested and part of your meditation should be to determine what connections there are between this passage and the 1 Peter reading for that day. The Lord be with you.

Wednesday: 1 Peter 1.13-16; Romans 12.1-2

Thursday: 1 Peter 1.17-21; Ephesians 2.11-16

Friday: 1 Peter 1.22-25; John 13.34-35

Saturday: 1 Peter 2.1-3; Psalm 34.8-10

Monday: 1 Peter 2.4-8; Psalm 118.20-24

Tuesday: 1 Peter 2.9-10; Ephesians 5.8-10