1 Peter 3:13-17, part 2

Simon Says, Part 20

Suffering in various forms comes to each one of us during our time on this planet.  Jesus himself was one who was familiar with suffering.  This message focuses on how God instructs us to respond to suffering to bring us through and bring Him glory.

NOTES:

Simon Says – A Study in 1st Peter

1 Peter 3:13-17 Good Grief part 2

Dave Spooner – Mosaic Rockford – June 7th 2015

 

Intro:

  • Everyone faces difficulty and hardships that result in suffering.  Some of the suffering we may have brought on ourselves and while other sufferings is brought on by others.
  • What we need to do when you are going through difficulties and suffering
  • This is the passage we are looked at last week and what we are continuing with for this week.

 

1 Peter 3:13-17 NIV

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is righteous, you are blessed.

 

  • Your best defense from suffering is doing good
  • There is suffering that is outside and inside the perfect will of God
  • There is blessing that comes from suffering including
    • Maturity, proof of real faith, fellowship, strength, the kingdom of heaven and great reward.
  • God’s instructions as to what to do while going through some form of suffering and difficulty

 

1 Peter 3:14b NIV

“Do not fear what they fear; do not be troubled.” 

 

  • Do not fear what they fear

    • Fear of – Loss of power, of position, of popularity, of prestige, of possessions
    • Fear that they are not enough, fear that they will not have enough

 

  • Do not be troubled

    • Don’t worry about all these things
    • Don’t get your stomach tied up in knots (like sea sickness)

 

1 Peter 3:15a NIV

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.

 

  • Set apart Christ as Lord
    • In your heart . . . . the center of your soul
    • He is my Lord and I master, and I commit myself to Him
    • He is my sovereign – I trust Him and turn these things over to him
    • I am serving Christ

 

1 Peter 3:15b NIV

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect

 

  • Hold onto hope

    • Hope for deliverance, hope for redemption, hope for renewal, hope for justice, hope for reward . . . there is always hope, trust, faith, that things will be better . . . because they will!

 

Rom 5:1-5 NIV

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

 

    • Give an answer for the hope that we have when people ask for the reason . . .
      • This means that people are asking based upon our outlook and our actions
        • That we have a different outlook at a different heart
      • With gentleness and respect . . . not hell and brimstone . . . not self-righteousness and pride

 

1 Peter 3:16 NIV

keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.  

 

  • Continue to do good

    • Keeping a clear conscience (doing what is right – by motives of hope)
    • So that other may be ashamed of their slander
      • If you want to correct people’s slander – do what is good.

 

1 Peter 3:17 NIV

It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

 

  • Follow God’s will

    • It is better to suffer for good, if it is God’s will than for doing evil

 

Gal 6:9 NIV

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up

 

Conclusion

  • Remember, Your best defense against suffering – to do good
  • Remember – there are blessings of suffering
  • Remember – your response to suffer –
  • Prayer people
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