1 Peter 4

This week we are going to get practical. We will face the challenge of obedience and suffering. Neither of these subjects is appealing, giving up autonomy or enjoyment. However, 1 Peter 4 shows us not only to expect them but that both can result in real blessing. Once we recognise that we are stewards, not owners for eternity, we are released to use what we have much more effectively. Once we put suffering in biblical perspective, we can have hope through it, and even come to understand that there can be benefit. Questions for Lifegroup: 1. What gifts, possessions or abilities, has God given you at this time? 2. How could you steward these to bring more glory to Him? 3. Have you ever been mocked, had real challenges or suffered when you were innocent? What was your response? How does this change in the light of 1 Peter 4?

1 Peter 3

The heart of the message of 1 Peter is summed up very well by John Piper (Desiring God) "In God's omnipotent care for you, as chosen, new-born, forgiven, cherished, spirit-empowered people of God. Be so fully satisfied in God's promised grace and glory that your lives are marked by blessing your adversaries, and by overflowing with good deeds with the aim that unbelievers might be won over and enjoy the glory of God with you forever". We see this worked out as Peter encourages us to be godly wives and husbands. To dearly love each other in our church family and to keep on doing good - even in the face of persecution and suffering. This is all wrapped in the Victory of Christ. Questions for Lifegroup: 1a) Wives: What do you need to do to be more devoted to your husband? b) How can we encourage the wives in Hope Church to love and honour their husbands more? 2a) Husbands: What area do you need to grow in more? To honour, lead or protect? b) How can we encourage the husbands in Hope Church to lead well? 3) Think of some examples of where we are loving one another well at Hope Church. 4a) How do you remain full of joy in times of persecution? b) What does a pure life look like?

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