“Standing Firm in Babylon”

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1 Peter 5:8-14
Hope Small Groups Discussion Questions
1. So Peter ends his letter with “Peace to all of you who are in Christ.” So how are you doing being at peace right now? What is robbing your peace today and what gives us lasting peace? (John 14:27; John 18:36)
2. What is Peter saying when he says, “she who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings….” Who is the she who is chosen? And who is Babylon? Why use code words like this?
3. How does knowing we are not alone in all of this affect us personally and the Church universally? Look at 1 Pet. 5:9 and Hebrews 12:1-2 for reference.
4. In what ways can we today live in Babylon and look to Jesus simultaneously without getting devoured by devilish lion and his kingdom? How can we apply these truths in 1 Peter to our lives practically?
5. What is your over-all takeaway from this sermon series “Exiles: Living in Hope”?
Extra Credit: Look at Jeremiah 29:1-14 and discuss what’s going on here historically. What can we learn from this letter to the exiles in Babylon and Peter’s letter to the elect exiles in Asia Minor and to then to us today? (1 Peter 1:1,11 and 1 Peter 5:12-13.)