Flourish in the Fire: 1 Peter 4:12-19

Tanner Heath   -  

Opener (if needed): Have you ever had a really bad injury (spare us of the gorey details 🙂 ?

  • Keep it lighthearted and fun.

Read the Scripture: 1 Peter 4:12-19

  • Reflect on the sermon. Is there anything that stood out to you? How are you encouraged or convicted?

Why would Paul say to the believers, “do not be surprised”?

  • 1 Peter 4:12, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”

Can you recount a time when you faced a fiery trial? How did you grow?

  • 1 Peter 4:13-14, “But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

What does this passage look like applied to daily life as a Christian?

  • 1 Peter 4:15-17,19, “If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?…So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.”