15: Attitude in Suffering (1Pet 3:13-4:11)
specific groups on submission in the last passage, Peter summed up his
exhortations with the command to do good and shun
evil. In this passage, Peter continues this thought and and
speaks to all believers about the blessings and significance of suffering for
doing good. He urges us to remember and imitate
Christ, who is the perfect model of suffering for righteousness’ sake.
“For Christ also suffered once
for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to
death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit” (3:18).
According to verses 13 and 14,
what are two kinds of
Why should we not be afraid?
What does it mean to sanctify
the Lord God in our hearts? What does this have to do with suffering?
What must we be always ready
What lessons can we learn from
verse 15 about witnessing? Explain the meaning of “with meekness and fear.”
In what ways is the hope within
you evident to those around you, so that they ask you the reason for your hope?
Have you been asked about the
reason for your hope and were not able to answer? What does that tell you about
Based on this paragraph, what
lessons can we learn from Christ’s sufferings?
Explain the meaning of Christ
preaching to the spirits in prison.
How does baptism save us?
How does suffering equip us to
do the will of God?
When a Christian chooses to
live for the will of God, what kind of suffering will come to him? Have you
gone through such suffering?
Why should we not fear such
Explain verse 6.
How does verse 7 connect this
paragraph to the previous paragraph?
In view of the end of all
things, what should our prayers be like?
What reason does Peter give for
the need for love? Explain your answer.
What evidence is there that
shows we love our brethren deeply?
What gifts have your received from God? Have you used them to serve others?
If so, have you done so “without grumbling” (9)?
What is the goal of our
How can we serve “as with the
ability which God supplies”? In other words, how can God’s ability rather than
our own effort be evident to others in our service so God can be glorified?