September 3, 2023

寶貴的救恩 Precious Salvation

彼得前書 1:3-12是一首頌讚詩, 救恩這個字出現三次, 1:5末世要顯現的救恩, 1:9靈魂的救恩, 1:10論到這救恩, 彼得稱頌神寶貴的救恩; 當我們面對苦難時, 我們要回想神所賜的救恩, 使我們心裡有能力去面對苦難; 使徒保羅也是這樣教導我們的, 林後 4:17我們這至暫至輕的苦楚, 要為我們成就極重無比永遠的榮耀。保羅稱世上的苦難是至暫至輕的, 將來要得的卻是極重無比永遠的榮耀, 這就是救恩的寶貴。彼得前書1:3-12告訴我們救恩有三方面的寶貴, 1.活潑的盼望 2.天上的基業 3.榮光的喜樂。

In the face of suffering, you may find yourself asking if there more to this life. Listen to Rev. Jeremiah Cheung this week as he shares the great news: thanks to God’s precious salvation, we have an incomparable and eternal future to look forward to beyond this mortal life.

Read Today’s Scripture Passage

彼前 1 Peter 1:1-12

Life Group Discussion Guide

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1. Start with a prayer

2. Engage one another (15-30 mins)
• Share a recent experience wherein you felt hopeless. How did you cope?

3. Engage the mind (15-20 mins)
• Read the passage. Peter begins his epistle by reminding his readers of the greatness of salvation. How does understanding and appreciating our salvation and identity as pilgrims help us live the Christian life?
• What is our living hope (v3)? Why is it called a “living” hope?
• What are the unique characteristics mentioned about our heavenly inheritance (v4)? How does this compare with inheritances left behind by extremely wealthy people for their children?

4. Engage the heart (15-20 mins)
• Examine your heart. What prevents you from being joyful during times of trials and suffering?
• What is our rejoicing (v6) based on? Do you have joyful hope, faith, and love through all circumstances? When do you tend to rejoice more than other times?

5. Engage the hands (15-20 mins)
• Is having joyful hope, faith, and love an unrealistic expectation? In what ways can you embody and make these evident in your life?
• How does understanding our hope for the future affect your priorities in this life? What concrete steps will you take to ensure that your lifestyle, choices, and beliefs are conformed to your identity as a pilgrim on a joyful journey? (Note for leaders: make sure that your members do not just settle with surface-level behavior change)

6. Engage with God in prayer (20-30 mins)
• Worship God for His overflowing grace and abundant mercy. Thank Him for seeking us out while we were dead in our sins and that the Holy Spirit convicted us of our need for Jesus.
• Ask God to help you to live your life in a way that honors and glorifies His Holy Name.
• As you are being prepared for the coming glories of your heavenly home, request help from God that you may rejoice in our future hope despite life’s various challenges and trials. Ask that you keep a heavenly perspective as your faith is refined through the process.

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