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  1. 1. LIFE  GROUP  STUDY  GUIDE   October  17,2010   David  Clayton   1  Peter  1:10-­12     Scriptures  contain  and  testify  to  the  great  salvation  we  have  in  Christ  Jesus.  To   the  suffering  Christians,  Peter  refers  to  the  sufferings  and  glories  of  Christ  that   are  in  the  Old  Testament  and  the  gospel.     Read  1  Peter  1:5,9-­12     DIG    From  verses  5  and  9  what  do  we  learn  about  “This  salvation?”    God  dispenses  grace  both  in  the  Old  and  New  Covenant.  How  does  the  “grace   that  is  come  to  you”  differ  from  the  Old  Testament?    How  is  this  grace  that  is  to  come  to  you  in  reference  to  us  today  and  for  the   future  event  of  the  return  of  Christ?    What  lessons  do  we  learn  about  the  limitations  of  the  prophets  and  the   angels  from  verses  10  and  12?    What  do  we  learn  about  the  differences  between  prophets  and  angels  from   verses  10  and  12?      How  do  verses  10-­‐11  point  to  the  inspiration  of  the  scriptures  by  the  Spirit?   Also  read  2  Peter  1:20-­‐21    How  do  verses  10-­‐11  point  to  the  interpretation  of  scriptures  by  the  Spirit?    How  does  verse  12  point  to  the  illumination  of  scriptures  by  the  Spirit?    Prior  to  becoming  a  man,  how  is  the  Spirit  of  Christ  active  in  leading  the   prophets  to  understand  the  meaning  of  the  sufferings  and  glories  of  the   Messiah.    Read  John  1:1  &  Luke  24:45-­‐46  (Christ’s  relation  to  the  Word  and   understanding)  and  John  16:13-­‐15  and  1  Peter  1:12  (Holy  Spirit’s  relation  to   the  Word  and  understanding).    What  does  verse  12  reveal  or  imply  about  the  capacity  for  angels  to  learn.   What  is  the  distinction  between  “longing  to  look”  (v.12)  and  searching   intently  in  vs.10?   REFLECT    Verse  12  refers  to  the  gospel  story  delivered  by  the  apostles  to  the  first   century.  Take  a  moment  and  quickly  scan  verses  1-­‐9  and  point  out  all  the   wonderful  nuggets  of  the  gospel  recorded  in  these  verses.    How  would  these  verses  about  the  sufferings  of  Christ  and  his  future  glory  be   a  comfort  to  suffering  Christians?   APPLICATION    Describe  a  recent  time  when  Scripture  brought  comfort,  conviction,  or   encouragement  to  you.    What  have  you  found  helpful  in  developing  the  good  spiritual  habit  of   searching  intently  and  with  the  greatest  care  of  the  Scriptures.    What  percentage  of  your  study  time  is  devoted  to  studying  books  about  the   bible?    What  percentage  of  your  study  time  is  devoted  to  just  studying  the   scriptures?