Scriptures

Discussions From 1 Peter 4

Introduction

The Effect of Christ’s Sacrifice 1 Peter 4:1-6

1. In view of Christ’s suffering, what is asked of us?

Romans 6:1-7 ‘What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.’

Philippians 2:5-8 ‘In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!’

2. What does 1 Peter 4:3 say about redemption?

3. How do worldly-minded people view Christians who are struggling to live according to the Spirit?

Lesson 7: ‘The End of All Things Is At Hand’. Part 1

‘The end of all things is near. Therefore, be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And, ‘If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?’ So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.’ 1 Peter 4:7-19

Discussion questions

What is involved in preparing for a long trip?

Our Conduct and Attitude Toward Others 1 Peter 4:7-11

1. What is Peter referring to when he speaks of ‘the end of all things’?

2. What effect will an appreciation for the fact that ‘the end of all things is at hand’ have on:

a. Our general approach to life?

b. Our prayer life?

c. Our attitudes toward our brethren?

d. Our attitude toward helping others?

e. Our attitude toward and use of the gifts God has given us?

f. Our speech?

g. Our desire for recognition for what we do in God’s service?

Our Attitude Toward Persecutions 1 Peter 4:12-19

1. Should Christians expect persecution?

2. What mindset can help us derive joy from suffering for Christ?

3. Contrast suffering because of bad conduct and suffering ‘as a Christian’.

4. How deep is to be our commitment to doing what is right?

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship."

Romans 12:1

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