People disappoint and circumstances change. Christ, however, is faithful and unchanging. When we place our trust in Him, we gain a hope like no other. Because the believer’s hope rests in Christ, we know our hope in Him cannot be shaken; therefore, we can approach the questions and challenges of life with confidence. Our hope in Christ gives us courage to stand strong in a broken world—it sets us apart from the rest of the world in how we face difficult circumstances, and it ultimately gives us a platform to share God’s goodness. This study will examine the uniqueness and basis of biblical hope. Whether in suffering and pain, or prosperity and contentment, we must learn to place our hope in God alone, testifying of His hope to the world around us.
Session 1: The Basis for Our Hope
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1-9
The Point: Jesus is the only source of true hope.
Session 2: The Expression of Our Hope
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:13-25
The Point: Our hope in Christ changes how we view the world and live in it.
Session 3: The Testimony of Our Hope
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:4-15
The Point: Our hope in Christ points others to Him.
Session 4: The Endurance of Our Hope
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:8-17
The Point: We can endure suffering because of our hope in Christ.
Session 5: Hope Leads to Joy
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:1-2,12-19
The Point: Suffering for Christ can deepen our walk with Him.
Session 6: The Result of Our Hope
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:5b-11
The Point: We will one day receive all we hope for in Christ.
Session 7: How Should I Relate to Authority?
Scripture: Romans 13:1-10
The Point: Reflect Christ in how you interact with all authorities.