Sermon Based Curriculum
Sermon Date: April 3, 2011
Sermon Title: Outlaw Christianity
Sermon Text: 1 Peter 4:1-11
Small Group Text: 1 Peter 4:1-11
There are some who think that becoming a Christian will make life less difficult. But in reality, we know that suffering is common to all people whether lovers of God or not. And, in fact, there are times when a Christian may suffer persecution for his/her commitment to Christ. How does suffering as a Christian differ from suffering as a nonbeliever? Read 1 Peter 4:1-11
1. What are the benefits of suffering for the sake of Christ? (4:1-2) 2. According to 1 Peter 4:3-5, why might former friends or family “heap abuse” on you as a Christ-follower? 3. In verse 4:7, Peter instructed his readers to be clear-minded and self-controlled. But what did he say was most important “above all?” (4:8) 4. How did Peter encourage his audience to love each other? (4:8-11) In other words, what would this love look like in the life of a Christian? 5. What is the predictable outcome when the church loves one another as Peter described in verse 4:11? 6. Why might unbelievers be more willing to listen to reasons for our hope in Christ if we live in God-honoring ways while going through hardship? 7. Sharing one’s faith is one thing. But Peter wanted his readers to share the reasons for their faith with “gentleness and respect.” Why would this be important? (3:15)
1. What does it mean to be “done with sin?” (4:1) With what “evil human desire” do you continue to struggle? (1 Peter 4:2) How can you begin to overcome this desire? 2. Would your friends, colleagues (non-Christian) or family members find anything different about your lifestyle from their own (4:4)? If so, what would that be? If they were to ask why your lifestyle differed from theirs, what would say? 3. Does the imminent (approaching) return of Jesus Christ play any role in the way you live? Why or why not? 4. Is there a situation in your life where “loving deeply” would overcome “a multitude of sins” (offenses or differences)? (4:8) Explain. 5. Why is it sometimes difficult to love other believers? 6. How would you define hospitality. In what ways could you begin to practice hospitality? (4:9) 7. Think of two ways you could make your Christian values and priorities evident to others this week. Describe what this might look like to non-Christians with whom you associate.