Church Family,

Good afternoon everyone! Today we are continuing our study of 1st Peter.  Like the previous Bible Study, we will be utilizing RightNowMedia.  Below you will see a link to sign up (free), if you do not have an account.

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I encourage you to do the study in this way.  Read opening and pre-video questions, then watch the video, then go through the Bible Study. I hope this study is impactful to you as it has been for me.

Opening Questions:

Have you ever wrongly judged something by what it looks like on the outside (a book, a house, a gift, etc.)? What made you realize your judgment was wrong? How did it change your outlook on that thing moving forward?

A lot of us wrongly judge one another based solely on what we see from the outside. To some degree, we can get an idea of what a person is about based on the kind of lifestyle that they live, but that does not give us the whole story. Today’s session will help us gain clarity on what it means to truly demonstrate our Christian faith from the inside out.

Read: 1 Peter 4:1–19

Pre-Video Questions: (Things to think about while watching)

  • Can we tell whether or not someone is a Christian by looking on the outside? How does Kyle answer this question?
  • What were the two primary ways Kyle mentioned that we demonstrate to the world our faith in Christ?
  • What does Peter mean in verse 7 when he says, “The end of all things is near”?

Teaching Video and Bible Study Questions:

https://www.rightnowmedia.org/content/series/289495?episode=6

Reread: 1 Peter 4:1–19

  • If asked, what do you think people would point to in your life as evidence of your faith? How do you demonstrate to others that you are a follower of Christ?
  • Verse 1 begins with “therefore.” So let’s start by asking the question we’ve discussed before. What’s the “therefore” there for? How does Peter’s teaching here connect with what he has said previously?
  • So how can we tell if someone is a follower of Jesus?
  • What do these two passages teach us about the primary qualities of Christians? (That we are to be known by the fruit we bear and our love for one another)
  • How would you define humility? Who would you point to as an example of humility?
  • Based on Kyle’s description of the “attitude of Jesus,” what are some practical ways you can strive for having that same attitude in the coming week?
  • What are some of the most distinctive ways your life has changed since coming to know Christ?
  • How has your faith changed the way you approach the relationships you had prior to knowing Christ? What are some ways others have been “surprised” by your choice to not join them in their lifestyle?
  • When Peter writes, “the end is near” we shouldn’t read that phrase in the sense of doomsday. Rather, the end is our great hope because it means we will be with our Savior as he makes all things new. What would change about your daily life if you were able to keep “the end” at the forefront of your mind? What would you become more urgent about?
  • Peter offers a couple of practical ways the temporariness of life should shape us, the first being prayer (v. 7). He says to be alert and sober-minded in order to pray effectively. Would you say these terms characterize your prayer life? What are some of the consistent obstacles you have to overcome for a disciplined prayer life?
  • Kyle compared this life to a turbulent plane ride: the flight itself can be rough, but we’re going to land soon. How does suffering affect your commitment to prayer? How should the truth that we’re going to “land” soon with Christ change the way you pray?
  • The most important command Peter gives is to “love each other deeply” (v. 8). And he applies that in two ways—hospitality and service. What role does hospitality play in the way you express your faith? How do you practice it?
  • Who is a “stranger” in your life that you could show hospitality to this week?
  • What would you consider some of the gifts God has given to you?
  • How are you serving others with your gifts? What are some ways you could be more intentional about using your gifts to encourage the body of Christ?
  • According to verses 14–16, when should we rejoice in suffering?
  • How has God used suffering in your life as a way of deepening your faith in him? What did you learn about him in the midst of your suffering?
  • Based on what you’ve heard in this session, what can you begin doing to prepare yourself for suffering? How can you begin cultivating habits that will help you to remain faithful when things get difficult?

When suffering comes, we are told to do two things— praise God and continue to do good. That’s not something that we’ll magically decide to do unless we’re cultivating those habits when things are going well. Like an athlete training for an important match, we as Christians ought to prepare ourselves to suffer well.

The primary ways Kyle explained we do that is through regular study of God’s Word and participation in the local church. Make those your priorities in the days ahead. Look for ways to use your gifts in service to others and rejoice in the fact that God has made you his own through Christ.

Pray: Wherever you sense doubt, ask the Lord to strengthen you and help you to persevere when difficulties arise that challenge your faith in him.

Encourage: If there’s a fellow believer in your life struggling today, reach out to them and offer your encouragement by reminding them of God’s faithfulness.

Serve: Look for a practical way to serve your local church with the gifts God has given you this week. If you do not yet have a clear idea of your gifts, reach out to another believer this week and talk about that with him or her.

Look for an e-mail on Tuesday (8/18) as we continue our study 1st Peter.  To God be the glory!