A LIVING HOPE: Suffering As a Follower of Christ 1 Peter 4:12-19

TUESDAY 6/23/20   1 Peter 4:12-19
 
As you read this passage, identify times in the past when you may have experienced a certain amount of persecution (opposition or negative response) to your faith in Jesus Christ.  This could have been at work, school, neighborhood, and even within your family.
 
In verse 12 Peter writes that believers are not to be surprised, but expect suffering.
 
When a Christian grows in their spiritual life (growing in the fruit of the spirit – Galatians 5:22-23 – transforming into the “mind of Christ” – Romans 23:1-2), why does the non-believing world respond negatively to growing, authentic believers?
 
Verse 12 also speaks of trials that test us – trials that we face because of our faithfulness to God – not trials brought upon us due to our sins and disobedience.
 
Read 1 Peter 1:6-7.  Visualize the process of refining fires purifying precious metals – relate to believers walking through the trials (fires) of life.  How do they impact our spiritual lives?
 
Spend time today praying that you would have the same response Jesus would have as He faced persecution or opposition.  (The same heart and mind of Christ)  Don’t be surprised!  Expect suffering!
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY 6/24/20  1 Peter 4:12-19
 
In verses 13 and 14 Peter writes that we are to rejoice (2 times), be glad, and are blessed when we share in Christ’s sufferings.
 
Read Philippians 1:29, 3:10.
 
Why should we have the attitude described in verses 13 and 14?
 
Read Daniel 3:22-25, Isaiah 41:10 and Isaiah 43:2.  What encouragement do you find in these passages?  Why?
 
Read John 16:20-22.
How does the picture of a woman giving birth show how suffering can bring Glory to God?
 
Spend time praying today that the Holy Spirit would give you the strength you need to walk through trials (maybe a trial you are experiencing at this time.)  That during this time, you would bring Glory to the Lord!
 
 
 
THURSDAY 6/25/20  1 Peter 4:12-19
 
After reading verses 15 and 16, is there something that needs to change in your life?
Something that is bringing conflict or suffering due to disobedience or sin?
 
Is your interaction – reaction – attitude Christ-like in your day to day situations?
 
Verse 15 mentions meddler.  Does this apply to you?  (or has it in the past?)
 
Is your life glorifying the name of Christ?
 
Read Romans 1:16, Philippians 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 1:12.
 
Spend time praying today that you would bring Glory to the name — JESUS!
 
Examine your life – be selective!
 
 
 
FRIDAY 6/26/20  1 Peter 4:12-19
 
As you read verses 17 and 18, it is stated that judgment is to begin in the household of God.
God’s judgment is often pictured as beginning with God’s household, with His own people, as a means of purifying them.
 
How can this impact the lost?
 
Times of persecution are times of opportunity to witness to those who persecute.
 
Read Acts 16:16-40.
Think about the opportunity Paul and Silas seized to witness.
 
Spend time praying today that we would entrust (commit) our souls to God’s will while doing good.  (verse 19)
The Purging/Purifying work of God!  Committing to our creator – keep doing good!
 
 
 
SATURDAY 6/27/20  1 Peter 4:12-19
 
Spend time praying for First Baptist Church and yourself that we would passionately pursue a deeper relationship with the Lord that glorifies His name to a lost world.
 
Pray for desire – repentance – humility – commitment – uncommon unity and love.  Pray for a move of God in our lives and First Baptist Church that impacts Madison County and beyond!
 
Pray for the Worship Service tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. as we go through the passage of 1 Peter 5:1-4.