Sometimes everything seems upside down and backwards of how it is supposed to be. The extent of brokenness in the world has been weighing heavy upon my heart. The only thing that keeps me going is the knowledge that this world is not our home. The letter of First Peter reminds us that we are pilgrims and sojourners, and while we are grieved by various trials for a short time, we can also rejoice with inexpressible joy because of our salvation in Christ. Through His resurrection from the dead, we are given a living hope that doesn’t perish or fade away, no matter what our circumstances. Discouragement fades away in light of what is to come. Peter experienced that in his own life and then wrote this letter in order to encourage others.
But in order to be encouraged, we must dig down deep into the Word. When we experience disappointments, failures, and affliction, our natural response will not be hope unless we have read about it, studied it, and made it a part of our lives as natural as a heartbeat. If we want hope that lasts, we must abide in Christ through the intentional study of His word and prayer!
On August 3, I am going to start a 30-day online study of 1 Peter, following the methods outlined in my book, Swim in the Deep End. You do not need to have the book to participate, as I will be putting everything you need on the blog. You will need a journal or computer to record your notes. The study will last 6 weeks with 5 days per week. Each day will challenge you to study the text and can probably be completed in 30 minutes or less. If you would like to participate, please click the “follow” button on the right side of the page and enter your e-mail. Then you will receive each day’s post right in your inbox.
To promote community interaction during this study, I will also be having a drawing for a $15 Chick-fil-a gift card. To be eligible for this drawing, you need to comment on at least 4 out of 6 weeks of the study. Comments that qualify will do at least one of the following:
- Share what you are learning in 1 Peter/ how it applies to your life
- Ask a question about what we are studying that week
- Give a thoughtful reply to someone else’s comment or question
Please share this Bible study opportunity with others who could use some lasting hope! I will see you in August!