This Week's Resources
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10-24-2021 THRIVING IN EXILE I Peter
“EXILES MAY SUFFER” But not because we are Jerks” I Peter 3:8-22
Main theme discussion
How does knowing how Christ suffered and died for your sins help you when you are suffering for being a Christian?
What does it mean “suffering for righteousness sake”?
"THRIVING IN EXILE"
I (Stacy) will be starting a new sermon series based on Peter's First Epistle. I will be exploring how we can Thrive In Exile. Peter writes to those Christians scattered around due to persecution and reminds them that this world is not their home, but they are in a foreign land until they get to heaven. But in the meantime, he encourages them because of their faith in Christ Jesus, they can thrive, not just survive as they live in exile. They are not victims but are victorious through faith in Christ.
“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” (1 Peter 2:11–12, ESV)
I encourage you read through 1 Peter over and over and allow God to encourage you and challenge you.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,” (1 Peter 3:18, ESV)
Father, help me today live my life according to the description You have given me. May I walk in a way that will bring glory to Your name even if I must suffer for living according to Your ways. Give me strength to trust in You through all situations. In Christ’s name, I pray. AMEN
Generic discussion thoughts
If you are looking for some questions to help stimulate discussion these might be helpful.
* What is something that stood out to you in this passage?
* Are there any words, phrases or references that are unfamiliar?
* Is this passage talking about something culturally different to what we're used to?
* What did the author intend for us to understand by writing this?
* How does this passage fit with the passages around it?
* Are there other parts in the Bible that talk something similar to this passage?