Wk 14: Relentless Trust

1 Peter 4:12-19


Focused Text: 1 Peter 4:19


In the current state of our world suffering remains inescapable.  Yet God has great purpose in our suffering. Peter has already told us that suffering refines our faith (1:6-7), provides us with an opportunity to follow in Christ’s footsteps (2:21-23), and puts the authenticity of the gospel on display to our enemies (3:13-16).

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Wk 13: Stewards of Grace

1 Peter 4:7-11


Focused Text: 1 Peter 4:10-11 (cp. Romans 12:6-8)

Every believer in Christ has been uniquely gifted with some form of God’s grace for the purpose of serving others within the church (and in some cases outside as well).  In this passage Peter mentions two examples: speaking the Word (i.e. teaching/preaching) and completing acts of service (i.e. serving with our hands).  Paul, in his letters to the churches in Rome and Corinth, gives us more comprehensive lists, yet with the same idea in mind: God has gifted every believer with some manifestation of the Holy Spirit for the good of the church family (see 1 Cor. 12:4-11).

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Week 12: Suffering in the Flesh


1 Peter 4:1-6

Focused Text: 1 Peter 4:1-2


According to Peter, we have two simple options when it comes to how we live our lives.  We either take up arms in the battle against our sin, intent on living in God’s will, or we raise a white flag of surrender and give in to the desires of our sin nature.  These two choices are not equal in the quality of life they produce—one is rooted in obedience and the other in disobedience.  But how do we move forward in obedience?

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Wk 11: Review & Use

1 Peter 1:1-3:22


Over the past 10 weeks, we’ve covered quite a bit of ground.  We’ve seen how the gospel serves as our foundation for obedient living (weeks 1-3, 10), examined the link between our true identities in Christ and our actions (week 4), been given instructions for enduring & responding to suffering & persecution (weeks 5-6, 8-9), and explored some roles in the household (week 7).

Now we will evaluate what we’ve gained from our study up to this point, and some areas in which we may still need to implement truth.

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Wk 10: Christ the Victor

1 Peter 3:18-22


Focused Text: 1 Peter 3:18-22

Many refer to this portion of Scripture as Christus Victor (meaning “Christ the Victor”). This concept focuses on not only Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross, but also on the cross’ accomplishments especially as seen in His resurrection from the grave. Note how Peter weaves the cross and resurrection events into a beautiful picture of Christus Victor.

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Wk 9: Defending the Faith

1 Peter 3:13-17

Focused Text: 1 Peter 3:15

Most of us who have been around the church for any length of time have heard this verse quoted on numerous occasions, often without explanation or context.  We treat it as a catchall for any and every situation in which we find ourselves sharing the faith with others.

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Wk 8: Blessing our Enemies

1 Peter 3:8-12


Focused Text: 1 Peter 3:9

Salvation comes through faith in Jesus.  When we trust in him and the totality of what he’s done in his life, death, and resurrection, God the Father forgives our sin, grants us right standing before himself, takes us as his own children, and pours out his Spirit into our very hearts.

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Wk 7: Submission & Honor

1 Peter 3:1-7

Focused Text: 1 Peter 3:1, 7

Order brings about stability.  Knowing this, the Lord clearly delineated the ordering of family life to the Apostles, who passed this on to us, as we find in several New Testament passages.  Both Peter and Paul (see Eph. 5:22-6:4, Col. 3:18-21) wrote letters containing explicit guidelines regarding believers’ respective roles in their households.  However, many Christians in our culture have never taken these instructions to heart, supposing that they are either outdated or culturally bound (i.e. not applicable in our ‘progressive’ society).

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Week 6: Suffering Unjustly

1 Peter 2:18-25

Focused Text:  1 Peter 2:18-23

At some point, each of us face both just and unjust suffering in this life.  When we sin and suffer the consequences, our suffering is just.  We are reaping the harvest that we have sown by our disobedience.  However, at times we will also suffer under the direct authority of unjust people, having done nothing to warrant such treatment.  Our shortsighted reaction will likely be lament—why would God allow such injustice toward me?

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