Session 4 – Small Group Study Guide
Word: How this truth should be understood
- In verse 6, Peter reminds us the trials we go through are “necessary.” Why is understanding this so significant for how we view and endure our trials? What are the things we often think are necessary and how does this differ from God’s assessment?
- The apostle connects the “tested genuineness” of faith with “tested by fire.” What analogy is Peter using in our text and how does testing assure us of our genuineness?
- Peter declares that this refined faith is what enables us to love Him and believe in Him. Can you explain the mechanics behind how our trials produce a greater trust and treasuring of Him?
Worship: How this truth affects your heart
- Pastor Kim shared two reasons why we don’t believe God wants what is most precious in our lives through our trials: (1) A lesser view of God’s character; (2) A lesser view of God’s involvement. Which one do you think you functionally fall into?
- Everyone exercises faith. The difference is where we place our faith in. We are often tempted to trust in the things of the world. Yet, these idols fail us and enslave us even more. What are the things of the world that you are placing your faith in and how have you seen them lead to your struggles?
- “God is doing what is most necessary to produce what is most precious.” How have you seen God use past trials to weaken the grip of the world and to grow you in greater faith in Him?
Work: How this truth works out in your life
- Think about one suffering that you’re going through, big or small, whether it’s the result of sin or not. Can you take time this week to pray that God would help you believe that He is “doing what is most necessary to produce what is most precious?” Is there someone you can share this trial with so they can encourage you?
- Tim Challies is a popular Christian author whose son tragically died. He wrote a manifesto in reflection over the passing of his son (see Appendix). It is an example of an honest response to the suffering he experiences and yet his resolve for his theology to inform and shape how he endures. Read it and share what resonates with you. As an exercise, could you write something short and similar to commit to?
Sharing and Prayer
- As you think about this season and our study in 1 Peter, what is one area in which you’d like to grow in living out your faith? Write this down and prepare to follow-up and track God’s work in our future sessions!
- What are some ways that you’d like to apply what you just learned to that one area you’d like to grow in living out your faith?
- Share other prayer requests.