EDITOR’S NOTE:

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.

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DAY 1

  • The command in verse 6 is to ‘humble yourselves’. What are some things that God uses to humble you? Are there things that have happened to you that have humbled you? Read Romans 12:16.

  • Jesus is our example in humility (Phil. 2:3-8). Define humility. Do you see yourself as you should?

DAY 2

  • What kinds of things do you worry about? Do you cast ALL your cares upon him? Or just the big things? He cares for all your needs. Pray today and trust him with whatever is weighing on you…big or small.

  • Read Philippians 4:6-7. What requests do you need to make known to God this week?

  • Peter tells us to entrust ourselves to the One who judges justly (2v23) and to our faithful Creator (4v19). Listen to Bigger Than I Thought by Passion Worship.

DAY 3

  • What are some other names for the devil (Matt. 9:34; 1 Jn 5:19; 1 Thess. 3:5; John. 8:44; 12:31; 2 Cor 4:4; 11:14; Eph 2:2; 6:16; Rev 12:10)?

  • What are some ways the devil gains a foothold in your life (Eph. 4:27)? Do you have unresolved anger or bitterness? Do you struggle with pride or self-pity? Confess those things to the Lord.

DAY 4

  • What are some ways the devil seeks to devour us?

  • Do you know someone who the devil has devoured? Pray for that person’s restoration now and thank God for his grace in saving us from sin.

  • Have you identified patterns of sin (besetting sins) in your life? What do you need to do to interrupt those habits and put that sin to death?

DAY 5

  • Are you aware of how other believers in your local assembly are suffering?

  • Take a moment to read and pray for persecuted believers:  https://releaseinternational.org/persecution-watch

  • Self-pity is the expression of a wounded pride. Do you struggle with self-pity or playing the victim? The solution to self-pity is humility. Humble yourself and put your pride to death!

DAY 6

  • Why is God called “The God of all grace”?  Suffering (1 Pet. 5:9) and temptation (1 Cor. 10:13) are common to all of us.  In what ways do we need God’s grace to meet both?

DAY 7

  • The kiss of love (v14) is the Christian greeting. How do you greet people? With love, tenderness and affection or with something else?  Do you have peace in your life? How can you get it (Phil 4:6-7)?

About the Author:

  • 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.