This study guide is a part of our sermon series ‘Sojourners: Faith in Exile’ in 1 Peter. If you haven’t already watched the sermon on this passage, you can do so on our sermons archive page. We hope this document is helpful in getting to know the Lord Jesus better as well as what he has spoken to us in the scriptures. You can also click the button below to download the study guide as a PDF.



  • Read 1 Pet 1:17, this is introductory thought. Have you been in a foreign country, what made you feel uncomfortable? Do you feel comfortable on earth?


  • What is warring against your soul? Name it! What is your plan for dealing with it, this week? Most of us don’t plan to fail, we just fail to plan!


  • Read Mt 5:1-16, is your behaviour excellent (1 Pet 2:12)? Is your light under a bushel? The Beatitudes are what we are to BE, so we can do what God wants us to.


  • What is your attitude toward government? Here is our first use of the word “submit”, do you? Can you encourage a public official today – policeman, fireman, your MP, your local councillor?


  • Notice the three categories of individual we are to relate to in 1 Pet 2:17. Read 1 Tim 2:1-4, Mt 10:28, and Gal 6:9-10 for other instructions toward them. Pray for our government leaders today, that righteousness will abound.


  • In our culture is submission a trait to be proud of? Who are you to submit to (read Eph. 5:21), do you? Are you free (Gal 5:1), how do use your freedom? in what ways…for self, for others (Gal 5:13)?


  • The will of God (v15) is something we all long for. The Bible tends to deal with attitude in this regard. I find that the specifics happen when my attitude is right. Read the following scriptures to help with attitude (Rom 12:2; 2 Cor 7:10; 8:5; Eph. 6:6; 1 Thess. 4:3; 5:18; 1 Pet 4:19; 1 Jn. 2:17).


  • Andrew Berry

    Marcia and Andrew were with OM in the 80’s and rejoined in 2012. Ordained by the Christian & Missionary Alliance, they served churches in the USA and then in France and are blessed with 2 children, their respective spouses and grandchildren. Their experience pastoring local churches has given them a passion to assist and encourage church planting.