Resilient Faith, Session 1 (Focused Faith): Additional Questions

Note: In Bible Studies For Life: Senior Adult and Bible Studies For Life: KJV, this is numbered Session 7. 

The Point: Our faith is focused on a sure hope.

Icebreaker

  • What comes to mind when you hear the word “hope”?
  • What makes you feel insecure or unstable?
  • What makes you most nervous? Is there some activity, place or thing that causes anxiety when you think about it? What is it and why?
  • What is something that you constantly hope for? Allow people to be silly with this, and expect answers such as “favorite team to win the series” or for an actor or actress to fall in love with them, for example.
  • What did you “hope” for this week? Was it grounded in wishful thinking, skill, knowledge, or something else?
  • When was the last time you hoped for something that didn’t happen? How did that change your attitude toward the thing in which you had placed your hope?
  • What is the first thing that pops in your mind to fill in this blank: “More than anything, I hope ___________.” What must happen for your hope to come through?

1 Peter 1:3-4

  • In what ways can reflecting on the past give you hope?
  • How is our inheritance in Christ secure?
  • In what ways do human understandings of hope contradict an eternal understanding of hope?
  • If you base hope on your circumstances, how difficult is it to experience the peace and fullness of life Jesus offers?
  • What specifically about the life of Jesus allows us to place our hope in him?
  • What does the word “hope” mean to you? How often do you use the word “hope”? What do you think Peter is referring to when he says we are born again to “a living hope” in verse 3?
  • What type of trials do you as a believer in Christ face? Do you feel like those trails have made your faith stronger? Why or why not?
  • What events in your life have given you faith in something better? Why does a fresh start renew our hope?
  • In what areas have you lost hope in your life today?
  • How can the promise of eternity without evil give you hope today?

1 Peter 1:5-7

  • What does a steadfast faith in Christ look like and feel like?
  • What trials have tested your faith and how did they reveal the genuineness of your faith?
  • What is the difference between faith and hope? Can you have one without the other?
  • When people think about your life, what score would they give you on a “hope scale”?
  • In what ways can you instill and show hope to those around you? Share 2-3 examples with the group.
  • In verse 3, we are told of a “living hope,” but in verse 13, the word “hope” is used again but in a different way. What is the difference between the uses of “hope” in verses 3 and 13?
  • As it is said in our study, “our beliefs need maintenance.” Whether you have been a Christian for years or a day, faith requires upkeep. What are some ways you can maintain your beliefs and your faith?
  • In verse 4, Peter tells us that we are receive an inheritance that is much different from an earthly one. How do you think we can explain this inheritance to non-Christians as we share our faith?
  • When did a surprise physical diagnosis (yours or that of someone you love) force you to re-analyze your faith? What did you learn? How did you respond?
  • How do you know whether or not you are looking to God?
  • What habits might equip us to turn to God first in every situation?
  • How can you tell if someone’s response to a trial is a faith response?
  • Consider a few trials in your life. Did you respond with faith? How do you know?
  • How can you focus on being faithful through the fearful experience of a trial?

1 Peter 1:8-9, 13

  • In a world of uncertainty, what is your basis for hope in the future?
  • How can we reflect the hope in our hearts through the way that we live?
  • What is one action you can to do to help you prepare your mind for action, be self-controlled, and set your hope on God’s provision through Jesus?
  • What is Christ’s finished work?
  • How is our inheritance secured?
  • How does Christ’s resurrection provide believers with a sure hope?
  • What are specific things believers can praise about God and Jesus and their provision?
  • What does steadfast faith look like based on verses 5-7?
  • How do trials reveal the strength of our faith?
  • How does passing the test of faith increase our faith?
  • In what ways can you put the knowledge of Jesus and what He has accomplished at the cross into practice in your life?
  • What trials have tested your faith?
  • How does sure hope enable you to rejoice even while enduring trials?
  • What actions should be evident in us to reveal our faith?
  • Why is it difficult to clear your minds to be ready for action and act in confident faith when life surprises you or trials overwhelms you?
  • What needs to happen to grow your faith?
  • How can you develop your faith this week?
  • Do you find it difficult to place hope in a person or thing you do not understand? If you struggle placing your hope in Christ, what is about His character and nature that you trust or mistrust?
  • When do you find it most difficult to place your hope and faith in Christ?
  • What things in your life steal your joy and hope? Have you allowed these things too much control over your life?
  • Do you portray the hope of Christ in all of your daily activities, conversations and choices? What does your life say about your Savior?
  • Have you ever heard the phrase, “Believing is seeing”? How can you use verse 8 to explain your faith to a non-Christian?
  • What are some ways we can use this passage to show others that we are living for Christ? Can this passage be a testament to our faith? How so?
  • In verse 13, we are instructed to be “sober-minded.” Why do you think Peter uses this term?
  • As Christians, our faith will be continually tested. Why is it so important to be genuine in the company of both Christians and non-Christians?
  • In this passage, the spiritual and physical aspects of us are discussed? Why do you think Peter addressed both parts of the human body? Do you think that following Christ takes all of you or only a part of you?
  • Who do you love like Jesus loves? OR like the love described in these verses?
  • Who loves you like Jesus loves? OR like the love described in these verses?
  • How does loving like Jesus loves prove our hope in Jesus?
  • How can we respond in faith to the bleak outlook of our fallen world?
  • How can we balance being genuine about our struggles with having hope in Christ and fully trusting Him?
  • When was the last time you had your mind ready for action in your job, a sporting event, your family, a project, etc? Compare this to readying your mind to express faithful obedience to Jesus Christ.

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