This Exiled Life, Week 2: A Living Hope
1 Peter 1:3-5

College Park Church opened their 1 Peter series by looking at 1 Peter1:1-2. Whether at Fishers or North Indy, both sermons introduced the book’s context (author, recipients, background) as well as the importance of the theme of exile. We are exiles in this world, but the comforting and encouraging truth in 1:1-2 is that we are God’s exiles, or elect exiles. We might be strangers in the world, aware of the fact that at times we simply don’t belong. But we are not strangers to God or to Christ’s Church as God takes us as his own and we belong to Him. We are foreknown and loved by the Father, set apart (sanctified) by the Spirit, and cleansed by the blood of Jesus. In our God we are therefore equipped to endure whatever we face and we’re given the opportunity to engage our world as light in the midst of darkness.

Looking Ahead

In week 2 we’ll examine 1 Peter 1:3-5 and our living hope. Exiles and sojourners are people on the move, left without a place or a home to which we belong. However, exile or sojourners set their eyes not upon the place they’ve left but where they’re headed. They look ahead and find comfort, joy, and strength along their journey knowing this sojourn is temporary. Soon they will arrive safe at their long-awaited destination. In these three verses, Peter begins to redirect our eyes from only looking at a short-term and worldly perspective as he tells us to consider the long-term and heavenly perspective.

We might suffer little losses here but we have an eternal and imperishable inheritance awaiting us.
The world and even the sufferings of living in a broken world might seem to snuff out our hope, but we have a living and abiding hope that cannot be put out.
Our circumstances, health, safety, and comfort might be uncertain in this moment but through Christ’s resurrection that we participate in we will have victory, restoration, and justice one day.
Everything might be up in question and anything might feel like it can be ripped away from you, but your salvation and inheritance is firmly guarded, protected, and assured by God himself. It will not be lost or taken away; it’s yours.

As you look towards this Sunday and our sermon on 1 Peter 1:3-5, here are a few questions to ask as you read the text, as well as some things for further study.

  • Peter begins by blessing or praising God. What has God done, even this week, that you can bless and worship him?
  • In the back of the Series Study Guide, Appendix 3 provides a space for noting the actions, promises, and characteristics of God you see in 1 Peter. What actions, promises, attributes, or characteristics of God do you see in 1:3-5?
  • Who in my life could I encourage with these verses? Who in my life can I pray for in light of these verses?

For Further Study

  • During this series, think through how can use the Series Study Guide to talk about and apply the Bible with your family. Can you and your spouse—or a roommate if you’re single—walk through the passage and some of the Study Guide questions together? Are you using the Questions for Kids with your children? If your small group meets every other week, can you go through the Study Guide with your family or a disciple on the “off weeks”?
  • For a good parallel passage, read Romans 8:18-39.
  • God’s mercy: Neh. 9:31; Luke 6:36; Eph. 2:4; Titus 3:4-7; Heb. 4:16;
  • Born again: 1 Peter 1:23; John 1:12; 3:3-8; James 1:18.
  • Resurrection of Jesus: Matt. 28:1-10; John 11:25; Rom. 6:5; 1 Cor. 15; 1 Peter 3:21.
  • God’s “guarding” power: John 6:37; 10:27-30; 17:12; Phil. 1:6; Jude 1:24-25.