Family Bible Study lesson for August 8: Live Confidently : Friday, July 23, 2004
July 23 2004 by Phyllis Elvington

Family Bible Study lesson for August 8: Live Confidently : Friday, July 23, 2004
Friday, July 23, 2004

Family Bible Study lesson for August 8: Live Confidently

By Phyllis Elvington
Focal Passage: 1 Peter 1:1-12

"Confident! Confident! Dry and secure. Raise your hand, raise your hand - if you're sure!"

A popular commercial for underarm deodorant from several years ago started with this catchy slogan. The point of the commercial was that if you trusted their product, you could confidently raise your hand without fear of embarrassment.

In whom or in what do you place your confidence today? Social Security benefits? A Certificate of Deposit? A 401-K?

I prefer to put my confidence and trust in the One who can back His promises 100 percent of the time.

God tells us in Josh. 1:5b, "I will not fail you or forsake you." And Jesus promises believers in Matt. 28:20b, "...And lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."

I can raise my hand confidently, without fear of embarrassment, disappointment or defeat "for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day" (2 Tim. 1:12b).

The divine initiative

1 Peter 1:1-2

Have you ever heard the expression, "consider the source"? We use this phrase to discount what someone has said because that person does not have the credentials to know the whole story.

The opposite is true with the letter of 1st Peter. Peter had the credentials. He knew the whole story. He not only knew the whole story - he was living it.

Peter was one of Jesus' 12 disciples. He, along with James and John, was part of an inner circle of disciples with whom Jesus was especially close.

Peter knew about suffering. He had witnessed and experienced it himself.

But Peter also knew Jesus. Therefore, he was qualified to write to Christians suffering for their faith with words of encouragement and hope.

Peter shared three reasons for our confidence in the Lord: we have been chosen by God (Eph. 1:4); we have been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ (Rom. 5: 8-9); and we have been sanctified by the Spirit (2 Thess. 2:13).

The living hope

1 Peter 1:3-5

In these verses, Peter shared four gifts we receive from God that enable us to live out our faith in confidence - even in the midst of trials.

1. God has given us a "new birth." When we repent of our sins and ask Jesus to come into our heart as Lord and Savior, we have been born again through the power of the Holy Spirit. At that moment, we have passed from death unto life - eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

2. God has given us "a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." Jesus said in John 11:25-26, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me, though he dies, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

3. God has given us "an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade." Romans 8:17 says, "...heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together."

4. God has given us protection by His power. For a picture of God's divine protection, read Psalm 23.

The inexpressible joy

1 Peter 1:6-9

How can we have joy in the midst of trials?

  • This life is not the end of the story (Rev. 21).
  • Trials strengthen our faith in God (James 1:2-4).
  • In the end, it will be worth it all (Matt. 25:23).
  • The revealed gospel

    1 Peter 1:10-12

    God's spirit revealed the truth about salvation to the prophets long before Jesus actually came.

    They believed even when they could not see. How much more hope and confidence should we have living on this side of Calvary!

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