Week 1 – “Cropping God into the picture” ~Bob Kellemen
1 Peter 1:3-7; 2:3,23-25; 4:19; 5:10
- Make a list of God’s attributes from the passages we read together. Incorporate any other things you are learning about God from your own Bible reading.
- This week, identify some of the hardest things in your crisis/ministry. Next to each of these, try to answer the question: “Who is God in this? What would it look like for me to face these facets of crisis/life and trial with God?”
- Catch your inner conversation this week and learn to speak about who God is to your heart.
Week 2 – Who we are in this: our identity
1 Peter:1:1-2, 3:5; 2:9-10, Prov. 29:25
- This week, trace how much of what you do stems back to your identity in Christ, or some other aspect of you. Read Eph. 1:3-14 and make a list of everything you see pertaining to your identity.
- Resolve this week to bring every decision, every conversation under the hat of your identity in Christ.
Week 3 – Spiritual battle along with suffering
1 Peter 2:11; 5:9-11; Eph. 4:20-24
- Identify what fleshly desires and temptations have been especially hard to resist.
- What patterns do you see in your life in how you have been satisfying these desires?
- What would it look like for you to put the old self off and put on the new self?
- This week, as you struggle to accept your circumstances, ponder Peter’s call to humble yourself under HIs mighty hand. Think back to the list of God’s attributes in week 1: who does this heavy hand belong to? Teach your heart to find comfort in these truths.
Week 4 – What God wants us to do in trials
1 Peter 2:1-3; 2:18-24; 3:8-17
- This week, identify what your “treasure” is – what do you tend to “set apart as holy” in your heart? How is this preventing you from seeing God’s will clearly and following it?
- What would it look like for you to set this treasure aside and follow Christ? Read Heb. 12:1-3, and “Looking Unto Jesus” booklet. Identify what you tend to “look towards” rather than Christ.
Week 5 – Loving my family in the context of ministry
1 Peter 1:22-2:3; 3:1-6; 2:15-17; 5:1-7
- Based on what we learned, write down your objectives for you as a wife and a mother. Commit these to the Lord and ask Him to help you.
- Have a conversation with members of your family about your commitment to follow the Lord and of your support of them, and that you can be a safe place for them to voice questions.
- Commit to not speaking evil about anyone and hold each other accountable.
Week 6 – Moving forward in faithfulness and sober mindedness
1 Peter 2:1-3; 4:7-11; 5:12
- Read through 1 Peter again, mark passages that were especially significant for you, commit them to memory.
- Which characteristic of God are you clinging to right now?
- What would it mean for you to cast your cares upon God?
- Make an inventory of your habits and examine them: which of them do not encourage sober mindedness? What habits can you incorporate, moving forward?