Our world is becoming more post-Christian. How are we to live in it? Peter's first letter was written to Christians living in a pagan world and there is much we can learn from it. Thune helps us understand our identity in Christ, that there will be trials and suffering. Life won't necessarily be easy. We are also reminded of the hope we have, the necessity of believer's community, the example of Jesus, and more.
The lesson that impacted me the most was the sixth one. Thune identifies many examples of sinful speech, what in the heart fuels it, and how the gospel has already met that need. An example is criticism, feeling I need to be right. We are reminded we are right with God and that's what matters.
The format of the study is for small group use as there is an emphasis on discussion. There is a specific outline used with articles to read and then questions to discuss. There is also an exercise with each chapter to help establish biblical truth. Instructions for the group meeting are specific so even a new Christian could participate in leading the study. Leader's Notes at the end of the book give additional study leading information.
This is an encouraging study and good teaching for those who want to live gospel shaped lives in a contrary culture. Obedience to the way of the cross may bring suffering, Thune reminds us. This study will help you suffer well. And remember, after suffering is glory.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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About the Author
Robert H. Thune, MA, is the founding pastor of Coram Deo Church in Omaha, Nebraska. He is also the creator of The Daily Liturgy Podcast and the author of Gospel Eldership and 1 Peter: Life as an Outsider and coauthor (with Will Walker) of the best-selling small-group studies The Gospel-Centered Life, The Gospel-Centered Life for Teens, and The Gospel-Centered Community.
Thune Bob holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Reformed Theological Seminary. In addition to his work as a pastor and writer, he helps to lead a classical Christian school, coaches and trains church leaders, and serves on the Council of The Gospel Coalition.
Bob finds joy in good music, good books, good steaks, and good conversation. In his spare time, he enjoys working with his hands and riding his mountain bike. Bob and his wife, Leigh, have four children.
New Growth Press, 128 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)