Text 1 Peter 4:1-6

Summary

The theme of these verses is suffering for righteousness’ sake. Suffering is part of life. As sure as we live we will face emotional, physical or spiritual pain. Just as Christ was willing to suffer for us in the flesh, we should have the same attitude.

What we Learned

That suffering is a good teacher. It teaches us things we can learn no other way. So we should embrace suffering because it forces us to evaluate ourselves, reveals who we really are, and makes us more like Christ.

Discussion Questions

Begin by reading 1 Peter 3:18 to 1 Peter 4:6

1) What stood out to you from this weekend message on suffering? 

2) Respond to this statement by C.S. Lewis: “We can ignore…pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” … Pain is unmasked, unmistakable evil; every man knows that something is wrong when he is being hurt.”

4) What does Peter mean in verse 1 when he says, “he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin” (cf. Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 6:5-7; 1 John 1:8-9; 3:9)?

5) In 4:1 Peter says “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking…”What is the attitude that Christians must arm themselves? Why is this important?

7) Bill said, “The most effective ministry comes as a result of our hurts” Do you agree with that statement? Can you share an example from your own personal life?

7) Share some ways God has used suffering to help you grow in holiness.

8) In Peter’s day, the immediate application of this passage would be to endure persecution, ridicule, and possibly job security to identify with Jesus Christ. What do you think the immediate application of this passage is in our day?