Do you have something that’s distracting you from God? Maybe its social media, sports, Netflix, or anything that would take your attention away from spending time with God. Choose one of your distractions to fast from and instead replace it with bible reading, prayer, and listening to worship music.
Open your Bible to your reading for the day. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, choose what practically stood out to you in the verse that day, and write it in your journal.
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you.
Personalize what you have read by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now: Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture or even a prayer for a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out
Those who persevere in faith while suffering persecution should be full of hope. They will certainly enjoy end-time salvation, since they already enjoy God’s saving promises through Christ’s death and resurrection.
Peter is writing to encourage his readers to endure suffering and persecution (1:6-7; 2:18-20; 3:9, 3:13-17; 4:1-4, 4:12-19; 5:9) by giving themselves entirely to God (4:19). They are to remain faithful in times of distress, knowing that God will vindicate them and that they will certainly enjoy the salvation that the Lord has promised. Christ’s death and resurrection are the model for believers. Just as Christ suffered and then entered into glory, so too his followers will suffer before being exalted
Those who suffer as Christians will be proven faithful when Christ returns (1:6-9; 2:18-25; 3:13-22; 4:12-19).
The church is the new temple, the new Israel, the new people of God (1:1-2; 2:4-10).
Believers should set their hope on their end-time inheritance (1:3-9, 13-16).
Christ died as a substitute for sinners. His death is the basis for their new life (1:17-21; 2:24; 3:13-22).
Christ’s suffering is an example to his disciples (2:21-23).
At his resurrection, Christ triumphed over his enemies (3:18-22).
Christians should live righteously in their homes and in society (2:11-3:7).
New life in Christ is the basis for a life of love and holiness (1:3; 1:13-2:3).
In four separate passages Peter links Christ’s sacrificial sufferings with his glory that followed death (1:11; 3:18; 4:13; 5:1). The letter details the fruits of Christ’s suffering and victory, including provision for a new life now and hope for the future (see 1:3, 18-19; 3:18). Anticipation of Christ’s return in glory causes believers to rejoice (1:4-7). In other ways also Christ now makes a profound difference in the lives of Christians: they love him (1:8); they come to him (2:4); they offer “spiritual sacrifices” through him (2:5); they are reproached because of him (4:14); they should expect to be rewarded when he returns (5:4)
Use this section of the booklet to write down and commit verses to memory
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.