The Witness of Hopeful Suffering

I Peter, Sermon Preparation

October 23, 2011 – Morning Worship

Monday 1 Peter 3:13-22
What is Peter’s Christian perspective on suffering?  Is this the way you view struggles in your Christian life?

Tuesday Psalm 34; 1 Peter 3:1-17
What point is Peter’s point in quoting Psalm 34?  What does that mean for us?

Wednesday Acts 12; James 1:2-4; 5:7-11
Both James and Peter experienced suffering and persecution.  How were their experiences different?  How was their teaching on suffering similar?  Why?

Thursday Acts 16:16-40; 1 Peter 3:13-18
How is our suffering a means of evangelism?  What keeps our suffering from being an opportunity to bear witness to our hope in Christ?  What are some practical ways your suffering might open opportunities to testify to your faith?

Friday Genesis 6:9-7:24; 1 Peter 3:18-22
What is Peter’s point in referring to Noah?  How does this give us hope, courage, and joy in the face of our suffering and trials?

Saturday Micah 7; 1 Peter 3:18-22
How is Christ’s suffering like ours?  How is it different?  What is the basis for our hope in the midst of suffering?  How do we live with this perspective?

Living Free by Being Subject

I Peter, Sermon Preparation

September 18, 2011 – Morning Worship

Monday 1 Peter 2:11-25
How can Peter say in the same passage “live as people who are free” (vs. 16) and  “be subject…to every human institution” (vs. 13)?  How do we do both?

Tuesday Genesis 47:9; Nehemiah 9; 1 Peter 2:11-12
What does a sojourner and exile look like?  How does this lead to the warning to “abstain from the passions of the flesh”?  How is our thinking and living informed by our “resident alien” status as Christ’s people?

Wednesday John 19:1-37; 22:1, 15-19; 1 Peter 2:13-17
Why does Peter call followers of Christ to be subject to human institutions of authority?  How do we see Jesus affirming these truths before Pilate?  How do we do this practically as 21st century Americans?

Thursday 1 Samuel 24; Psalm 59; 1 Peter 1:18-21
Why does Peter exhort God’s people to be subject even to unjust authorities?  How do we apply these instructions for servants and masters in our context when we don’t have slaves/servants and masters?

Friday Philemon; Romans 13:1-7; Colossians 3:22-4:1; Ephesians 6:5-9; Titus 3:1
How do Paul’s admonitions compare with Peter’s?  What is God saying here to us through his apostles?

Saturday Isaiah 53; Ezekiel 34:1-16; John 10:7-15; 1 Peter 2:21-25
How does this hymn-like description of Jesus Christ in 1 Peter 2:21-25 undergird Peter’s exhortation in 2:11-20?  Why does Peter keep coming back to these descriptions of Jesus (1:2-3, 19-21; 2:4-8; 3:18, 21-22; etc.)?  What does this mean for us?`