Text 1 Peter 4:7

In the midst of two sections in 1 Peter 4; 4:1-7 and 1 Peter 4:12-19 where Peter talks to a suffering church, he pauses to talk about the return of Christ. Why? Because living in light of that reality changes how we live in the present. The imminent return of Christ causes us to live with a sense of urgency and eternal perspective: Self-controlled, Sober-minded, and prayerful

What we learned
Living in light of the imminent return of Christ changes how we live in the present

Discussion Questions
1) What did you learn from this week’s message?

2) Read 1 Thessalonians 5:6 and 1 Peter 5:8. What does it mean to be sober minded?

3) According to these verses how should understanding our eternal destiny, and the times in which we live, shape our lives in the here and now?

4) If you were mindful every day that “the end of all things is near,” how would this change your thoughts, choices, priorities, your marriage?

5) Peter says that we must be of sound judgment and sober spirit “for the purpose of prayer.” Interestingly, Peter slept in the garden with Jesus when he should have been alert, sober, and in prayer (Matt 26:40–45). Consequently, he fell into temptation and sin. Peter’s own failure in this area no doubt drove him to exhort his readers to not make the same mistake he did. Why is being alert and prayerful in the midst of suffering and hostility so important?

6) 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “pray without ceasing” How do we do that?

7) How important is listening to God when we pray?

8) Using the model of A.C.T.S, spend the last 15 minutes leading your group in prayer

Adoration—Give God praise and honor for who he is as Lord over all.
Confession—Honestly deal with the sin in your prayer life.
Thanksgiving—Verbalize what you’re grateful for in your life
Supplication—Pray for the needs of others and yourself