This study guide is a part of our sermon series ‘Sojourners: Faith in Exile’ in 1 Peter. If you haven’t already watched the sermon on this passage, you can do so on our sermons archive page. We hope this document is helpful in getting to know the Lord Jesus better as well as what he has spoken to us in the scriptures. You can also click the button below to download the study guide as a PDF.
What is the purpose of God in hard times read Jam. 1:2-4 & Rom. 5:3-5. Remember some hard times, did you grow spiritually?
Do you expect persecution? Have you ever suffered for wrongdoing? Resolve to suffer only for Jesus in you. To share in the sufferings of Christ (cf. Col 1:24) is not to suffer for sin, but rather as His witness.
Look at the character of God: Faithful (v19). Read 2 Tim 2:13, how is He faithful? Read the song of Moses in Deut. 32 to find out.
God is always faithful to His Children – has He ever disciplined you (Heb. 12:7-8)?
Think of some ways we respond wrongly to suffering.
How should we suffer (v16,19)? Read Acts 16:11-40 to see how Paul and Silas responded?
What is the outcome for those who do not obey the Gospel (i.e., believe on Jesus Christ – cf. John 6:28-29)?
Is God judging the church in the West, our church, you? Who do we rely on? Alone? (Ps. 20:7; 33:17)
Write some of the other names for the Spirit of Glory who rests upon you and read of His ministry in you (Jn 14:15-26, 16:7-15, 2 Cor 3:3-18, Gal 5:16-26).
“To suffer according to God’s will” (v19). God’s will is general and specific for us and for me! God is not heartless, He is trying to form Christ in us, and he suffered!! Am I prepared to suffer, as God wills, so that I can be like Christ?
Marcia and Andrew were with OM in the 80’s and rejoined in 2012. Ordained by the Christian & Missionary Alliance, they served churches in the USA and then in France and are blessed with 2 children, their respective spouses and grandchildren. Their experience pastoring local churches has given them a passion to assist and encourage church planting.
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