A LIVING HOPE: When Holiness Meets Opposition 1 Peter 3:13-17

TUESDAY 5/26/20
Review – Read 1 Peter 3:8-12
List the five characteristics in verse 8 that believers are to have.
Vs. 10  Why is the tongue so dangerous?
Give an example when your tongue got you in trouble or caused division.
Vs. 11  We are to be Peace Makers!
Read 1 Peter 3:13-17
Identify situations or environments in your life where non-believers are watching your actions and reactions to different circumstances.
How important is it as believers to live out 1 Peter 3:8-13 among other believers and in the presence of non-believers?
Think of the spiritual impact you can have on the church and as a witness to the lost.
WEDNESDAY 5/27/20  1 Peter 3:13-17
Vs. 13-14  Describe a situation in your life where you have experienced some type of opposition because you are a Christian.  (slander, negative responses- possibly affecting your position or status at work or school or your relationships)
Verse 14 says we will be blessed when we live righteously even if we suffer.  The blessings if not experienced now will come in eternity with our Heavenly Father. 
Have you experienced blessings in your life for living righteously – for doing good to believers and non-believers?  (Identify)
Identify a time or situation where you have served or helped in some way and did not receive a blessing.  Instead you experienced opposition and criticism.
If you could live out the situation again, would you still serve or help knowing there would not be any blessings now – possibly even experiencing opposition?
Read John 3:19-20, Ephesians 5:11-13
Light exposes darkness.  Righteousness exposes unrighteousness.
THURSDAY 5/28/20  1 Peter 3:13-17
Identify things you participate in that are good and helpful for others.  
Identify things the church (First Baptist Church) does to serve and help others.
Verses 14 and 15 “tells us not to fear or be troubled … but, in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy,” 
How difficult is this for you?
Can you explain/share with others why you believe what you believe?  We are to be ready – prepared to share with others.  
It is vital we share or hope in Jesus Christ with gentleness and respect.
FRIDAY 5/29/20  1 Peter 3:13-17
Verse 16 speaks of the importance to our spiritual life and the witness to others of having a good conscience!
Read Acts 23:1, 1 John 1:9, Proverbs 3:5-6, Philippians 4:6-7
After reading these passages, how important is it that we have clear consciences?
Identify things you are convicted of that need to be given to the Lord.
A clear conscience will help you face a hostile world – knowing the truth and living the truth even when attacked and slandered.
Spend time praying for a clear conscience that only the Lord can give you and the wisdom and boldness to share the hope you have in Jesus Christ.
SATURDAY 5/30/20
Read 1 Peter 3:18-22
Pray through this passage and pray for the worship service tomorrow, Sunday May 31st, at 11:00 a.m. in the Family Life Center.