8/20 Alliance Campus - 5:00pm, Final “Prayer & Canvas” night before “soft” launch; Join us!
8/27 CG Leader Training - Save the Date!; Sunday after 2nd service 12-2pm; lunch provided
8/27 Alliance Campus - Soft Launch night #1, full service run through; #2 9/3, #3 9/10; Official public launch on 9/17; themount.church/alliance
8/30 Student “Color War” - Students invite friends to this annual Fall kickoff event for students!
9/2-4 Labor Day Weekend
“Are you more of a ‘Starter’ or a ‘Finisher’… love to start new things or love most to see a project completed?”
his week we jump back in to 1 Peter, with plans to complete the “Anchored in Hope” sermon series over the next 4 weeks. First Peter is powerful letter of hope in times of suffering as well as a clear encouragement for how we live for Jesus. This week’s focus is on 1) how we… Christians living as strangers in this world… should treat each other and also 2) how we should treat those who do us wrong.
Key Passages: 1 Peter 3:8-17, Mark 8:31-33, Matthew 5:10-12, 39-48
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
- Read 1 Peter 3:8-17. In v8, Peter lists five key qualities that every Christian should have. What are they? Describe each in your own words.
- Do you think they came naturally to Peter? (Mark 8:31-33) Do they come naturally to you?
- In v9, Peter says to repay evil with a blessing and to repay an insult with a blessing. Have you ever actually done this? (Matthew 5:39-48)
- When are you most tempted to return evil with evil and insult with insult? Why?
- In what ways is v13-14 an encouragement to you? Why did Peter write about suffering for what is right? (3:14, Matthew 5:10-12) How could this be a blessing?
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Pray for teachers, students and parents as school ramps up for so many families; for God to be glorified in the schools, classrooms and homes this Fall.
RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
1 Peter 3:8-17 - Suffering for Righteousness' Sake
8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For
"Whoever desires to love life and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.
Bible Commentary - Matthew Henry (Concise) - 1 Peter 3
Verses 8-13 Though Christians cannot always be exactly of the same mind, yet they should have compassion one of another, and love as brethren. If any man desires to live comfortably on earth, or to possess eternal life in heaven, he must bridle his tongue from wicked, abusive, or deceitful words. He must forsake and keep far from evil actions, do all the good he can, and seek peace with all men. For God, all-wise and every where present, watches over the righteous, and takes care of them. None could or should harm those who copied the example of Christ, who is perfect goodness, and did good to others as his followers.
Verses 14-17 We sanctify God before others, when our conduct invites and encourages them to glorify and honor him. What was the ground and reason of their hope? We should be able to defend our religion with meekness, in the fear of God. There is no room for any other fears where this great fear is; it disturbs not. The conscience is good, when it does its office well. That person is in a sad condition on whom sin and suffering meet: sin makes suffering extreme, comfortless, and destructive. Surely it is better to suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing, whatever our natural impatience at times may suggest. The example of Christ is an argument for patience under sufferings. In the case of our Lord's suffering, he that knew no sin, suffered instead of those who knew no righteousness. The blessed end and design of our Lord's sufferings were, to reconcile us to God, and to bring us to eternal glory. He was put to death in respect of his human nature, but was quickened and raised by the power of the Holy Spirit. If Christ could not be freed from sufferings, why should Christians think to be so? God takes exact notice of the means and advantages people in all ages have had.
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