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 Cor. 12:12-13. How does Paul describe the unity we have in Christ? Do you tend to find yourself in unity with other believers or at odds with them? What do you think causes this?

  • Read Eph. 4:30-32. What kinds of things go along with being tenderhearted? Is your heart tender to the prompting of the Holy Spirit?


  • Do you desire to love life and to see good days? Have you tasted and seen that the Lord is good? Where have you seen his blessing recently?

  • Read Col. 3:5-11. What sin do you need to “put to death”? Where do you need to turn away from evil? Read Col. 3:12-17. What do you need to “put on” instead? Where do you need to pursue good?

  • What are you most zealous (passionate) about? Are you more passionate about your favorite sport’s team than about spiritual things?


  • Read and meditate on Psalm 34, an acrostic psalm written by David when he pretended to be insane.


  • How have you seen the Lord’s blessing in the midst of suffering? How has he shaped and moulded you? Do you tend to find yourself drawing closer to the Lord in the midst of prosperity or suffering?

  • Read Heb. 4:14-16. Jesus not only understands our suffering, he is also able to help. Where do you need help right now? Spend a few minutes asking Jesus for his help and thanking him because he knows your need having experienced it himself.


  • Are you able to give your testimony in 5 minutes? If not, write it out using the four categories from Acts 22:1-21 to help you grasp your story and to communicate it well.

  • Read Matt. 10:19-20. Do you trust that he will give you the words to speak at the right time? Do you ask him for the right words?


  • Read Is. 8:11-15. Note in particular verse 14 and its connection to 1 Peter 2:8. Are there things you fear that tempt you to stop trusting Christ?

  • Read Matt. 6:31-33, Matt. 28:18, and Daniel 2:20-22 to remind yourself who is in control and who cares for you when you live by righteousness.


  • Acts 22:1-21, is an account of Paul’s conversion. There are four ideas.  1. I have not always been a Christian.(v1-5)  2. God met me and dealt with my rebellion (v6-10)  3. I received Christ as Lord (v11-16) 4. I now live to obey Him (v17-21).  Think about your own life in the same light.


  • Timothy Berry

    Tim and Renske met and were married in Toulouse, France. They have three wonderful children: Matthijs, Anouk, and Jaana. Before planting City Church Wolverhampton, they served at Mendham Hills Community Church in Chester, NJ as the Pastor of Worship Arts. Tim is ordained by the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA).