Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

Wholly Holy

1 Peter 1:13-21


1.     Why is it so important to set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ

a.     Why do this take such hard work? preparing your minds for action

b.     Why does this take such focus? being sober-minded

2.     We hope for other things in this life, don’t we?  Good things like the health and spiritual growth of our children. 

a.     What is the difference between fully and only as far as what we hope in?

b.     How does our full hope in seeing the glorified Christ serve as the means by which all other grace in this life is experienced? 

3.     God commands us to be holy in v.15-16. 

a.     In what ways should believers be holy, or different from the world around us?

b.     In what ways is it futile to try to be different? 

c.      Is holiness strictly a matter of the heart or is it primarily a matter of the heart?

4.     We cannot be holy without God’s law, the legal requirement that God has placed in his people, his expectation for right and wrong actions.  It is important to use God’s law in your life but it’s never ok to trust your ability to keep it.

a.     What role does God’s law play in the believer’s life?

b.     What role did it play in the unbeliever’s life?

5.     How can somebody both place their faith and hope in God (v.21) while also fearing (v.17) God?

a.     In what way will God hold unbelievers accountable for their deeds?

b.     In what way will God hold believers accountable for their deeds?

6.     Glorification (v.13) would never have happened without justification (v.18). 

a.     What are the differences between the two? What are the similarities?

b.     Why is it so important to “know” as much about your justification, i.e., redemption, as possible if you hope to thrive under pressure?