We made it! “Swimming in the Deep End” is hard work, and you should be excited if you stuck it out all the way to the end!
After summarizing and applying 1 Peter 5 to your life today, I hope you will take some time to review everything you’ve learned in 1 Peter. Has God revealed areas in your life that are in need of transformation?
It was 1 Peter 3:4 that hit me like a ton of bricks. It talks about “the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” I have always assumed that I had a “gentle and quiet spirit” because I am a naturally quiet person. But further study revealed that it is not talking about someone who’s just naturally quiet on the outside, but rather, the hidden person of the heart. While I am quiet on the outside, my heart is often filled with anger, annoyance, and anxiety. I may appear to be calm and quiet to other people, but God knows the turmoil inside. If I truly want to have a gentle, quiet, peaceful spirit, I have to cultivate a stronger trust in God and His goodness toward those who love Him.
1 Peter was also a great reminder that suffering does not have the last word on our lives, but is something we can REJOICE in, because it is revealing the genuineness of our faith and is proof of the glory we will partake of when Christ returns! This was very encouraging to me.
I would love to hear how God convicted, changed, encouraged, or strengthened you through His words in 1 Peter. Even if you only completed part of the study or you are completing it after it’s officially over, please comment below and let me know what God is doing in your life!
Thanks, and thank you for sharing your lives and God’s word with me!
Hey…you’ve made it through all the hard parts! Finish strong and answer those questions one more time. I had very few questions this week–chapter 5 is pretty straightforward. If you didn’t have many questions either, you may want to go ahead and move on to the summarization and application that we usually do on Fridays.
Read through 1 Peter Chapter 5, highlighting or underlining any key words (click here for a printable copy). Then use Blue Letter Bible to define the key words or read the chapter in multiple translations to develop a definition. Need a reminder about what qualifies as a key word?
- Words that relate to the overall themes of 1 Peter
- Words that are repeated several times
- Words that indicate Peter’s line of thinking, including: “but,” “so,” “therefore,” etc.
- Words that you are not familiar with (they might not be key words, but we have a tendency to gloss over things we don’t understand. Fight that urge by bringing these to the forefront of your attention!)
What are some key words you identified, and how do their definitions shape your understanding of the passage?
Read through 1 Peter 5 carefully and write down any questions you have about the text. Don’t forget to share your best ones in the comments section!
If you have stuck with me this long, then congratulations! You are almost done! I pray that this study has been profitable for you. You are probably quite used to the schedule by now, but here it is one more time:
- Day 1: Read 1 Peter 5 and write down questions
- Day 2: Underline & define key words
- Day 3: Cross-references
- Day 4: Answer questions
- Day 5: Summarize and Apply
Chapter 5 is short, but don’t think you can slack off. I encourage you to spend extra time in prayer and memorization this week. Finish strong!
Think through Peter’s main points from chapter 4. Trace the whole-book themes as he continues to develop them. Combine all your research into a summary of chapter 4 in your own words.
What truths do you need to be meditating on from chapter 4? How would it look if these became an active part of your life?
Please write down some applications and pray for God’s help in making those a part of your Christian identity.
“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13