Friday: Further Thought – Suffering for Christ
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Sunday’s study talked about the persecution Christians faced. Here is a fuller excerpt from the letter written to the emperor about what Christians suffered in those early centuries: “… the method I have observed towards those who have been denounced to me as Christians is this: I interrogated them whether they were Christians; if they … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Faith Amid Trials
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Suffering for Christ

As we have seen, Peter was writing to believers who were suffering for their faith. And as Christian history has shown, things only got worse, at least for a while. Surely many Christians in the ensuing years found solace and comfort in what Peter wrote. No doubt, many do today, too. Why the suffering? That, … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Judgment and the People of God
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Convicted about judgement

Compare 1 Peter 4:17-19 with Isaiah 10:11-12 and Malachi 3:1-6. What are they saying in common? In all these passages, the process of judgment is portrayed as starting with the people of God. Peter even links the sufferings of his readers to the judgment of God. For him, the sufferings that his Christian readers are … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Suffering for Christ
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Suffering for Christ” 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 …]

Suffering For Christ- Lesson Plan
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Suffering for Christ

Key Thought: Peter told his readers they were to expect trials to test them. They were not to find it strange, but rejoice that they shared in Christ’s sufferings. Lesson 6, May 6, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read I Peter 5:10. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Fiery Trial
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Persecution of Christians

Read 1 Peter 4:12-14. Why does Peter say that they shouldn’t be surprised at their suffering? See also 2 Tim. 3:12, John 15:18. Peter makes it clear that to suffer persecution for being a Christian is to partake of Christ’s suffering. It is not something to be unexpected. On the contrary, as Paul would write: … [Click to read more …]

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 …]