Series: Living Excellent Lives
Suffering for the sake of Christ
June 09, 2019 | John Nix
1 Peter 4:12-19
If suffering is normal for a Christian, why do I struggle? We spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to avoid suffering at all costs. If you find yourself in a season when you are walking through “the valley of the shadow of death,” Christian platitudes offer very little comfort, but they can also pile a lot of guilt on us. Peter does not address any specifics about what types of suffering will be faced, instead, he wants you to know that your suffering should not come as a surprise and you should not think that as a Christian this is something strange or unusual.
- Why does God test us?
- How do you fight against developing resentment and anger toward God and others?
- What does joy look like when you are suffering?
- Share a time when you suffered and what you understand now about God’s work during that time.
- How does connecting this to what Jesus said in Matthew 5:10-11 help you?
- Do you agree with the following statement: The staying power of our faith is neither demonstrated nor developed until it is tested by suffering. Why or why not?
- True or false: There is a certain kind of maturity that can be attained only through the discipline of suffering. Why?
- Why should someone trust God when they are suffering?
Have you ever wondered how you are to live an excellent life? And to live an excellent life, not for yourself, but for the God who created you and loves you? Let’s take a journey together through 1 Peter beginning on January 13 to see how we can glorify God by the way we live.