Sunday, November 30, 2008

I Peter 3:13-17 "God's Perspective on Suffering Pt. 2"

Summary: Suffering brings eternal reward, Christ like character, and suffering opens the door with others for the Gospel. So be “ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you.”



1. A. What are you here for? I Peter 3:12-17



B. Focus your attention on I Peter 3:15 when you answer the above question. How does I Peter 3:15 play out the lives of believers? Acts 4:1-3, 7-13, 18-20, 16:22-34



C. What made Peter “ready to make a defense to everyone” “for the hope” that was in him? Acts 4:13, I Peter 3:15



2. A. Read I Peter 3:13-14. What is the cause of suffering in these verses?



B. How might “suffering for the sake of righteousness” look in our lives? II Timothy 3:10-12



C. “What can we say to these things”? Luke 12:4-7, Romans 8:31-39



3. A. Suffer and be blessed? How counter-culture is that? I Peter 3:14, Isaiah 55:8-11



B. There are three Biblical principles for us to ponder: suffering for the sake of righteousness brings eternal reward, suffering brings Christ like character, and suffering opens the door with others for the Gospel. Suffering brings eternal reward-Matthew 5:10-12, Romans 8:18, II Corinthians 4:16-18
Suffering brings Christ like character-Romans 5:1-5, James 1:2-4, I Peter 1:6-7, 4:12-14
Suffering opens doors for the Gospel-Acts 5:27-32, 40-42, I Peter 3:15



C. What is our application for these principles?Acts 4:29-30, Romans 1:14-17, Ephesians 6:18-20, Colossians 4:2-6



4. A. What is the reason for the “hope that is in you”? I Peter 3:15, 18



B. Are you “ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you”? Are you being asked and should you wait to be asked? Do others see the “hope that is in you”? Do others see “gentleness and reverence”? Proverbs 1:7, 2:1-5, 15:1, Matthew 11:28-30



C. We have come full circle: Do you ask questions, like “What are we here for?” or “What is your spiritual background?”

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