Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on 1 Peter, “A Living Hope in Christ” by Jen Wilkin. Can you believe that we only have one more week and we will have completed this awesome study of 1 Peter? Time sure flies when you’re having fun. What nuggets of truth we are hiding in our hearts and lives!
In Week 7, we ended our study on the note that Jesus is victorious over suffering and death, and He is seated at the right hand of God, our Father (1 Peter 3:22). Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
In Week 8, we observed 1 Peter 4, and learned that Jesus Christ had to suffer physical pain and suffering for righteousness sake before He entered into His Heavenly Kingdom. As Christians and followers of Jesus Christ, we will also suffer for His name sake. Suffering helps us be like Christ, yet no one welcomes pain and suffering. However, we must be willing and prepared to do God’s will, even if that means suffering for doing good and making a clean break from sin (1 Peter 4:1). We saw this in last week’s study:
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit…” 1 Peter 3:18 ESV
You may be going through suffering right now, or you may have just come through a season of suffering. Peter tells us not to be surprised at the fiery trials we will go through. God’s plan for our lives may include pain and hardship. However, we can be assured that whenever we suffer because of our loyalty to Christ, He will be with us all the way.
“So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for He will never fail you.” 1 Peter 4:19 NLT
The key word here is trust. When we trust God in every area of our lives, we can live in perfect peace even when we experience the fiery trials of pain and suffering because…
- Trust overcomes fear.
- Trust overcomes depression.
- Trust overcomes hate.
Won’t you commit your life to your Creator and trust God, rely on Him, when you face the fiery trials of life?
BIBLE STUDY TIP: Continue your Scripture writing in your journal. This week write out Week 8 Scriptures (1 Peter 4) in your journal.
DIGGING DEEPER: Memorize 1 Peter 4
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Join a Small Group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students.
- Complete your last week of study on Week Nine, “Clothed in Humility – 1 Peter 5
- Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK EIGHT (answer in small groups or post a comment below:
- What do you think Peter means by “whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin?” (Page 105)
- What two responses should we expect from unbelievers when we flee from sin? Why? 1 Peter 4:4 (Page 108)
- What does 4:10 reveal about the purpose of gifts from God? What do we sometimes wrongly believe to be the purpose of spiritual gifts? Why? (Page 111)
- What do you think might be your strongest spiritual gift from God?
- Why do you think Peter emphasized God as Creator in verse 19? How does God’s relationship to us as the Creator help us to trust Him more?
Praying for you,