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Ready Faith
  • August 3

Think About It
  • When have you chosen to endure difficulty for a
    future benefit?
  • Most of these difficulties we would not
    classify as suffering
  • Today we look at how to handle suffering
  • Suffering brings opportunities to point to Jesus

Listen for what not to fear.
  • 1 Peter 313-14 (NIV) 13 Who is going to harm
    you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if
    you should suffer for what is right, you are
    blessed. "Do not fear what they fear do not be

No Harm, No Fear
  • What did Peter write about suffering for what is
  • How would you answer Peters question in verse
    13, Who will want to harm you if you are eager
    to do good?
  • What assurances did Peter give to those who are
    zealous for that which is good?

No Harm, No Fear
  • So, how could suffering for doing right be a
  • Peter said do not fear what they fear. What do
    you suppose they fear?
  • Why is it more important to do right than to fear
    these things?
  • When do sufferings and difficulties give us the
    opportunity to share our faith?

Listen for the result of a clear conscience.
  • 1 Peter 315-16 (NIV) 15 But in your hearts set
    apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give
    an answer to everyone who asks you to give the
    reason for the hope that you have. But do this
    with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear
    conscience, so that those who speak maliciously
    against your good behavior in Christ may be
    ashamed of their slander.

Choice and Opportunity
  • What is the meaning of set apart Christ as
  • In what manner were these readers to give the
    reason for their hope in Christ?
  • What does it look like to share the gospel with
    gentleness, respect, and a clear conscience?

Choice and Opportunity
  • Why do you think Peter thought it was important
    to be ready to be able to respond to inquirers
    about hope?
  • What relevance does this have for contemporary
  • Why are believers to keep a clear conscience?

Listen for a result of suffering.
  • 1 Peter 41-2 (NLT) 1 So then, since Christ
    suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves
    with the same attitude he had, and be ready to
    suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically
    for Christ, you have finished with sin. 2 You
    wont spend the rest of your lives chasing your
    own desires, but you will be anxious to do the
    will of God.

Right Thinking, Right Purpose
  • What did Peter say about the person who has
  • What benefit can there be in suffering?
  • How do we equip ourselves now to suffer well as
    Jesus did?

Right Thinking, Right Purpose
  • In what sense do you think he who suffered in
    his body is done with sin? In what different
    ways could we interpret this verse?
  • Consider that it was the believer done with sin
    because Christ finished taking care of it. What
    is the result, according to this passage?
  • What would you suggest to a believer who says the
    worlds attraction is just too strong?

  • Open yourself to God
  • If you are suffering right now, ask yourself, Is
    my response to this situation glorifying Christ?
  • Talk to the Lord, ask Him to show you how best to
    respond to your situation

  • Study Jesus response
  • Make notes about how Jesus responded to suffering
  • Study latter chapters of the Gospels where Jesus
    was betrayed, tried, crucified
  • Consider how (with Gods help) you could imitate

  • Point others to Jesus
  • Start praying today for God to use you to point
    others to Jesus as you suffer or as you help
    others cope with suffering
  • Ask Him to make you sensitive to these

Ready Faith
  • August 3
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