Leave Behind and Look Ahead
Topic: Expository Scripture: 1 Peter 4:1–4:11
The following study guide is to be used to discuss the Friday, June 28, 2019 sermon.
1 Peter 4:1-11
Introduction – So far in the letter, Peter has sought to encourage Christians who were faced suffering for being Christians. He has reminded them of their identity as expats because they are God’s people and has addressed specific groups facing suffering. Peter wants Christians to look to Jesus as our example and Saviour as we respond to different situations in our lives. In 4:1-11, Peter teaches about living in holiness and life in the local church. And he roots these in Jesus’ death and His second coming.
READ 1 Peter 4:1 – 6
2. Peter speaks of the lives of Christians being totally different from the lives of non-Christians (vv.3-5). Is this something which can be said of Christians today? Are there ways in which Christians are tempted to live just like the world around us?
3. Peter says non-Christians will have to give an account to Jesus for their lives. How should this influence our attitude towards non-Christians?
4. Peter says, “the gospel was preached even to those who are dead” (vs.6). What does this mean?
READ 1 Peter 4:7 – 11
5. Peter says, “The end of all things is at hand” (vs.7). What does this mean? Do you live your life as if this were true?
6. If you knew that Jesus was going to come back 5 days from today, how would that affect your life?
7. From these verses, how does Peter say our lives should be affected by the thought of Jesus’ imminent return?
APPLICATION: How are you doing in the area of showing hospitality? Are you intentional about this? What are practical ways in which you can improve in this area?
APPLICATION: Peter speaks about serving in the local church as bringing glory to God, and as something that is normal in the life of Christians. How are you using the gifts God has given you to serve the church? What are ways in which you can serve more?