Called to Unjust Suffering
Topic: Expository Scripture: 1 Peter 2:18–2:25
The following study guide is to be used to discuss the Friday, May 31, 2019 sermon.
1 Peter 2:18-2
Introduction - Slavery was a dominant reality in the Roman Empire and an integral part of the social structure. So, it was almost inevitable that as the gospel spread throughout the empire that slaves would become followers of Jesus. How should those who are free in Christ respond and react to being enslaved to men? In our previous passage (2:11-25), Peter commanded Christians to submit to authority. He now applies this teaching to slaves. Although we are not slaves today, this text helps us think about how to respond to those in authority, especially when we find ourselves powerless.
READ 1 Peter 2:18-25
1. Why might slaves be tempted to submit to or show respect to unjust masters? (2:18)
APPLICATION: Are there any authority figures in your life who are unjust and difficult to respect? What might respecting them look like?
2. What reasons does Peter give to respect unjust masters? (2:19-20)
APPLICATION: How might you cultivate a mindfulness about God as you deal with unjust authority figures?
3. Christians are in fact “called” to suffer injustice in a godly way because of Jesus’ example (2:21). How did Jesus respond to injustice? (2:22-23)
APPLICATION: How are you tempted to respond sinfully when you are treated unjustly? In what way do you need to grow in Christlikeness?
4. What did Jesus do for us through his unjust suffering? (2:24-25)
APPLICATION: Imagine a friend asks you what Christianity is all about. Give a short answer to the question using something from verses 24-25 as the basis for your response. Perhaps go break up into pairs and take turns role-playing the conversation.
5. How does the gospel empower godly suffering?