Is there a story or teaching from the Bible that has deep meaning for your life? What is it about that story or teaching that resonates with you? How has your life changed because of it?
Peter says in vs. 23 that God’s Word is “living and enduring”. How do you see that reflected in your own life of faith? How would you respond to someone who says the Bible is “old and dusty” and has nothing to say to us today?
Has there been a particular issue or challenge in your life where The Bible has spoken to you providing lasting truth and comfort? How has that changed how you read the whole of Scripture?
Peter speaks of the God’s Word as milk that nourishes us. Do you “crave pure spiritual milk” as Peter talks about? What might need to change in your life so that you are nourished each and every day by God’s spiritual milk that is The Bible?
How has your regular reading of Scripture drawn you into a deeper relationship with God? Has reading The Bible influenced your relationships with others so that you “have a sincere love for each other, love one another deeply from the heart” (1:22)? What would that kind of love look like in as you live it out everyday?
What is the larger truth that Peter is trying to communicate to his readers in these verses? What power in God’s word is Peter highlighting, especially to those being persecuted and suffering for their faith?
As you consider your own spiritual life, how might you deepen your practice of digging into God’s word? Are you spiritually healthy or malnourished when it comes to “eating” God’s Word? Do you have a well balanced diet of reading, hearing, studying, memorizing and meditatting on God’s Word? What needs to change so that is true?
John 1: 1-18
2 Timothy 3:16-17
James 1: 19-27
Prayer of St. Patrick, a reminder that immersing ourselves in God’s Word is like immersing ourselves in Christ.
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.