Monday, May 2, 2011

God's Love Wins... But it Costs His Son (1 Peter 1)

Who is the most loving person you know? What makes them so loving? What is the most loving thing you have ever seen them do?

Read 1 Peter 1:17-23.

What can you learn about God in these verses?

How do you feel about the statement that God judges everyone according to their work? Why would this truth cause someone to live their life in "reverent fear"?

Why did people need to be redeemed? What do you think Peter meant by "empty way of life" (vs.18)? How is this empty way of life passed from generation to generation?

How did Christ's death change God's perspective of you?

What does it mean to "believe in God"? What do you need to believe in order to be made "pure"?

Verse 22 says that the natural outcome of salvation is love for others. How does Jesus' covering of our sins make it easier for us to love other people?

Why is it sometimes difficult to love other people? What kinds of things can get in the way of our love for others? What are some specific things you can do to show love to the "unlovable?"

What sacrifices will you make this week to love others the way Jesus loves you?

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