When was the last time you were asked about your hope in Christ? The world will only ask us when they see something in us dramatically different from themselves. In this lab, John Piper explains how treasuring Christ builds hope, how hope produces fearlessness, and how fearlessness cannot be explained by the world.
Principle for Bible Reading
Identify key words in your verse or passage, and use a concordance to search for those key words (or ideas) elsewhere in the Bible. Begin searching within the book you are reading (e.g. 1 Peter, Romans, or Isaiah), then broaden it to the author you are reading, if he has written more than one book or letter (e.g. Peter, Paul, or John), and then finally you can broaden it to the rest of the Bible. Seeing how the same word (or idea) is used elsewhere will help you discern how the author might be using that word in the passage you are studying.
- In the context of 1 Peter 3:14–15, what does someone in the world see that would prompt them to ask Christians about our hope?
- Read 1 Peter 3:4–6 about Christian wives. How does their case clarify or model what Peter is writing in 1 Peter 3:14–15?
- Explain how “honoring Christ the Lord as holy” might lead to someone asking us about our hope? What steps, if any, are there between honoring Christ and answering the world?