Text 1Peter 4:7-11

Summary

Peter writes to a church that is experiencing persecution. And rather than write to them about how to endure pain and hardship, he instructs them not to focus on themselves but to serve others.

What we learned

In many ways the kingdom of God is completely turned around from what we expect it should be. In God’s kingdom the way “up” is down—or to be great be a servant. In 1 Peter 4:7-11 Peter is calling believers to live very different lives than the world around them. He calls them toLove, Hospitality, to Use gifts God has given each one of us, Service, Stewardship and to Glorify God.

Focus

This week the focus of discussion is Service, Stewardship and Glorifying God.

Discussion Questions

Service

Did anything from the weekend sermon stand out to you as interesting or impacting?  Do you need clarification on any of the points?

Read Mark 10:45. What is the biblical definition of “Serving”? What is the benefit or”power” of serving others?

Bill said “We are never higher than when we are serving.” Why do we find it so difficult to serve?

Stewardship

A steward manages other people’s property, or assets.  Bill said that everything we own is God’s and we are just stewards of the gifts, and blessings bestowed upon us. What is the benefit of understanding that “stuff” is just loaned to us?

Comment on this statement: “What ever we own owns you”.

Read 1 Corinthians 4:2. What does Paul means when he says a steward is to be faithful?

Glorification

What is the definition of Glory?

The Westminster Shorter Catechism says “the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever”

How can we develop the practice of giving God glory in everything?

Conclusion

Before going to prayer, ask yourself there four questions:

            Does God really want me to serve?

            Are the things I own, my talents, my time and energy really his?

            Do I really live for his gloryz?

            What kind of Church would TRF be if I actually practiced these things?

            Pray