Summary: The basis for God’s grace is the cross of Jesus Christ. “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust.” The theme of I Peter is hope in the midst of suffering.
1. A. Peter knew suffering, he had seen the Lord suffer, and he knew he would suffer more, yet he had hope. Remember and enjoy your hope in Christ. I Peter 1:3, 13, 20-21
B. How is suffering described in the follow verses? I Peter 2:21-22, 3:8-9, 3:14-18
C. What happens to the Christian when he/she suffers for the sake of righteousness? I Peter 2:19-20, 3:15, Hebrews 6:17-20
2. A. What is I Peter 3:17 saying?
B. Does God use suffering for good? Does He even plan suffering and use it for good? I Peter 3:18, Philippians 2:8
C. How should we respond to God, Who plans and uses suffering for good? Galatians 6:14, I Corinthians 1:18
3. A. We need to understand the cross and God’s role in the cross. First, listen to what Peter said about the cross. For him, it was the main issue! Remember, you must understand the cross and God’s role in the cross. What did Peter emphasis? Acts 2:22-24, 4:19-28, John 10:17-18. Read I Peter 3:18 again, and answer five simple questions-
1. Who suffered?
2. Why did He suffer?
3. When did He suffer?
4. For whom did He suffer?
5. And again, since its in the verse twice, why did He suffer?
Answer the questions again from the following verses-
1. Who suffered? Acts 10:38, John 7:46, 8:28-29, I Peter 2:21-23, Hebrews 4:15
2. Why did He suffer unto death? Genesis 2:16-17, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 1:21, 3:23, Revelation 21:3-4
3. When did He suffer? John 19:30, Colossians 2:13-14, Romans 6:8-9, 8:1 Hebrews 7:26-27, 9:11-12, 9:27-28, 10:10-14
4. For whom did He suffer and die? Psalm 32:2, Jeremiah 2:22, 13:23, Romans 4:7-8, 5:6, I Timothy 1:15
5. And again, why did He suffer? Jeremiah 33:8, Romans 3:25-26, I Peter 1:3, 3:18