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Word One Bible Study: Easter 2 Epistle

There is an Heir about You

Text: 1 Peter:3-9 for the second Sunday in Easter, Lectionary Series A

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Participants will:
1. Recognize that, through faith in Jesus' death and resurrection, they have become children of God and have further become heirs of His salvation.
2. Be encouraged to live joyously and confidently, even though difficult times will seek to distract them from the truth of who they are and of their inheritance as God's children.

Materials Needed
Pencils and a slip of paper for each participant
Hat, bowl, or basket

Group Guidelines
Divide into groups of 6-8 people. Choose as leader the person who has the oldest living grandparent. The leader's job is to keep the group moving through the material and ensure that everyone has a chance to share. Participants are always encouraged to share, but may pass if they do not feel comfortable sharing a response.

Building Community
1. Pass out a slip of paper to each participant. Have them write their name on it. Collect the pieces of paper and put them all into a hat. One by one, have everyone draw a name (other than their own) from the hat.
2. Say: Imagine that it is well within your ability to obtain anything that money can buy. The person whose slip of paper you have is very close to you. You would like to get this individual something very special and unique, something that would be of great benefit and deeply appreciated. The only stipulation is that, although you will acquire this gift immediately, you will hold on to it and store it away for five years before giving it to your friend. Sincerely consider what you would get this special individual and write it down.
3. Starting with the recently chosen leader, share what you have written using the following introduction: "[Name], because you are special to me, I have gotten you..." The recipient of that gift will share next, and so on. (If it gets back to the leader before everyone has shared, the leader will choose who goes next.)
4. Have everyone briefly share what positive affect this gift will have on them over the next five years.

Getting into Scripture
1. Using a dictionary, look up and read the definitions for the words: "heir" and "inherit." Briefly discuss:
a. Ordinarily, an heir is someone who...
b. In your own words, what does it mean to inherit something?
c. What are some of the positive effects that knowing one is an heir might have on one's life?
d. Before one can inherit something, what must first happen?
2. Read 1 Peter 1:3-5. Listen for the words which speak of us as heirs and the inheritance that is ours.
3. In verse 3, the phrase, "In his great mercy he has given us..." signifies that we have done nothing worthy or deserving of being God's children and heirs of anything in His kingdom. What are some of the evidences in human nature, as well as from our own lives, which clearly demonstrate that our family ties with our heavenly Father are strained and broken?
4. In verse 3, we read that God "has given us a new birth." Discuss what having this new birth now signifies for you personally.
5. According to verse 4, not only does Jesus' death and resurrection assure us that we are children of God, but it also assures us that we are heirs of God. What are some of the things that you can think of to which we are now heirs?
6. What is the significance that our heavenly inheritance can never perish, spoil or fade and that it is kept in heaven for you? Contrast this with what you know about many earthly inheritances.
7. In light of our inheritance from God, what is the significance of Jesus' resurrection?
8. What is it about your place in God's family and your heavenly inheritance that makes you feel like celebrating?

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
1. Read 1 Peter 1:6-9. Listen for the words which speak of how we should now live our lives knowing that we are children of God and heirs of His kingdom.
2. Just because we are children of God and heirs of His kingdom, it does not mean that our days here on this earth will be lived on easy street. What are some of the things that seem to make life difficult especially for a child of God?
3. How can God use suffering, grief and trials to strengthen us in our faith?
4. In what ways do each of the Means of Grace (God's Word, Baptism, Lord's Supper) enable us to love and believe in Christ whom we have not seen and do not see now?
5. What are some of the ways in which knowing that we are children of God and heirs of His kingdom can make a joyful difference in our day to day living?

Close with prayer by having each person pray for another person in the group. Each is to begin their prayer by saying, "Lord, because [Name] is special to You, give him/her..."

Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies 8, studies on the Epistle readings for lectionary series A, in 1995.

Republished and revised in March 2014 for youthESource.

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