Helpful cross-references for 1 Peter 5:
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
Thankfully, 1 Peter 4 is a little easier to understand than chapter 3! I hope that you have already been able to find the answers to many of your questions. Again, I encourage you to write these answers down for the sake of clarity. If you are able to explain the answer as you would to a member of the youth group (and remember, teenagers are a smart, inquisitive, feisty bunch!), then that is a good indicator that you truly understand the material. If you still have questions, ask a fellow Christian or check out some additional resources:
If you listen to a great sermon or have another recommended resource, please share!
Today we will be doing something a little different for getting our whole-Scripture context. You are welcome to look up the cross-references in your own Bible, but I am not going to provide a bunch of different verses to look up. Instead, I would like to focus on just one passage: Hebrews 12:1-17. The author of Hebrews is unknown, but like 1 Peter, it was also written to a group of Christians facing persecution. Read the Hebrews passage and take note of any similarities to what we’ve been studying in 1 Peter. How does it deepen your understanding of Peter’s letter?
Persecution is not just an ancient phenomenon. Christians around the world are persecuted every day. In fact, persecution is the rule, while the freedom of religion we experience in America is the exception. Click here to read stories and pray for Christians who have been imprisoned for their faith around the world.
Some people think it won’t be long before Christians start facing persecution here. Are you ready to endure the cross for the joy that is set before you? If not, what is the weight or sin which is holding you back?