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Week 16: Humble Suffering

1 Peter 5:5-14

Focused Text: 1 Peter 5:6-7

 

Anxiety is debilitating.  Whether it seizes us daily or relatively infrequently, we have all at some point felt the immense power that anxiety possesses in strangling our joy.  In the moment, unless conditioned to respond in a godly manner, we will tend to feel overwhelmed and defeated by anxiety.

Peter tells us that the antidote for anxiety is simpler than many of us would imagine.  Rather than sitting in anxiety until it passes, Peter tells us to do something about it.  He tells us that in light of both God’s power and care for us, we are to humble ourselves before God by throwing our worries on him (5:6-7).  To state things negatively: when we cling to our fears instead of casting them upon God, we are calling into question either God’s sovereignty or his love for us.  As we submit to God in the midst of suffering, we build a trust in him that fortifies our hearts, strengthens our character, and produces steadfastness.

 

Take some time to think or talk through the following questions with a view to applying the passage in your own life.

 

  1. When I feel anxiety creeping in at any given point, how am I currently most likely to respond?

 

  1. Do I use suffering and the accompanying anxiety as an excuse to doubt God’s character or do I use it as an opportunity to develop an enduring trust?
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Week 15: Shepherding the Flock

1 Peter 5:1-4

 

What must leaders in Jesus’ church be like? How do we recognize genuine integrity in them, and what can we legitimately expect of them? Peter begins by identifying himself as not only an apostle (5:1), but also an “elder” along with those elders in the churches to whom he writes.

Peter then addresses the work of elders; they are to “shepherd the flock of God, exercising oversight” (5:2). He does not elaborate further on their work of caring for lives of believers (see Hebrews 13:17), but instead, he focuses on their manner and motive in doing so.

Elders must lead willingly, even with eagerness (5:2). In what seems to address how elders motivate God’s people, Peter contrasts an aggressive overbearing approach of intimidation with that a living an exemplary life which is so obvious that the flock will respond appropriately without being badgered (5:3).

The elder’s heart must be fixated on a single heartfelt longing, viz., that one day Jesus (interestingly called “the Chief Shepherd”) will return at which time elders will receive from Him “the unfading crown of glory” (5:4). This designates Jesus’ approval of the leader’s life and work as an elder among God’s people. Nothing better!

 

Take some time to think or talk through the following questions with a view to applying the passage in your own life.

 

  1. Most are not elders in the local church, but all lead someone. In light of this, have I set the elder’s integrity and service as a goal to seek? Of those things listed by Peter as incumbent for elders, which do I most desire to grow in? What’s a first step I can take to do so?

 

  1. Do I pray for my church leaders regularly? Do I ask God to enable them to be as Peter depicts them in the passage? How often do I take time to speak to elders and express my appreciation or ask their prayer requests? (Do at least once this week!)

 

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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