Monday: Suffering and the Example of Christ
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Read through 1 Peter 3:13-22. How should Christians respond to those who would bring them suffering because of their faith? What is the connection between the sufferings of Jesus and the sufferings experienced by the believers because of their faith? When Peter says, “if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed” (1 Pet. … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Persecution of Early Christians
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Christians fleeing Jerusalem

Read 1 Peter 1:6, 1 Peter 5:10. What is Peter talking about, and how did he tell his readers to respond to what they were facing? For the first few centuries, just being a Christian could result in a horrible death. A letter written to the Roman Emperor Trajan illustrates how precarious the safety of … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Suffering for Christ
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Suffering for Christ

Read for This Week’s Study: 1 Peter 1:6, 1 Peter 3:13-22, 2 Tim. 3:12, 1 Pet. 4:12-14, Rev. 12:17, 1 Pet. 4:17-19 Memory Text: “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps” (1 Peter 2:21, NKJV). The history of persecution in … [Click to read more …]

Living For God – Lesson Plan
Michael Fracker

Large Heart

Key Thought: Peter appeals for us to live lives that exemplify love, sympathy, humility, harmony, and compassion. He sees this standard as God’s calling for us. Lesson 5, April 29, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read I Peter 3:8-12. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Living for God
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“The love that suffers long and is kind will not magnify an indiscretion into an unpardonable offense, neither will it make capital of others’ misdoings. The Scriptures plainly teach that the erring are to be treated with forbearance and consideration. If the right course is followed, the apparently obdurate heart may be won to Christ. … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Living for God
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Living for God” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Sins of the Flesh
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Forbidden Fruit

In listing the wrong things that people had done in the past, and that they stopped doing after becoming believers in Jesus, Peter also lists what could be called “sexual sins.” Read 1 Peter 4:3 again. What else does Peter list there? Two words have a distinctive sexual connotation: “lewdness” (aselgia, which means “sensuality”) and … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Born Again
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Joy in the Lord

In Christ, we have a new life, a new beginning. We are born again. If this means anything, especially for those who accepted Christ after childhood, it must mean that they will live differently than they did before. Who hasn’t heard some incredible stories of those who, having been in the world, experienced a radical … [Click to read more …]

5: Living for God – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Being of “One Mind.” Wouldn’t it be great if we all had the same opinions, the same talents, the same outlook on life and all of its components? “No!” You are probably saying, “That would be boring, useless, and just plain awful.” Of course Peter didn’t advocate deadly uniformity, but what was he talking about when … [Click to read more …]