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Connections 5-28-17

The Spirit of Glory                1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

 

Focal Outline:           1 Peter 4: 12-14                     Difficulties are part of following Jesus

                                    1 Pet8myth and Helwys Connections Lesson Outline for May 28, 2017

The Spirit of Glory                1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

 

Focal Outline:           1 Peter 4: 12-14                     Difficulties are part of following Jesus

                                    1 Peter 5: 6-9                         Be Humble, Disciplined, and On Guard

1 Peter 5: 10-11                     You will be restored to Glory

 

Summary Statements: (To help you get a handle on the lesson truths.)

  1. The Christian life is filled with trials to suffer through, but we can still rejoice because of Jesus.
  2. You are blessed when you suffer for Christ so rejoice that you are God’s child. How can you rejoice?
  3. Christ, we can live with less anxiety. Christ confidence allows us to be free from worry.
  4. Hold fast in your faith and seek Christ; the Enemy seeks to tempt you. Live with discipline in Christ.

 

Questions for Thought: (To help you think of some questions to challenge with a “So What?”)

  1. How do you seek out the blessings for which to rejoice in the midst of suffering?
  2. Respect comes with time and hard work. How can you be humble and gain respect?
  3. By what are you tempted? By who are you tempted? How will you remain firm in your faith?
  4. Christian fellowship gives us strength and focus. Who encourages you and keeps you focused?

 

Points to Ponder

[NOTE: These suggestions are to help your class be more interactive and discussion oriented. Using 3-5 different ideas will enhance your preferred teaching style and involve class participants. Build excitement and intimacy in your learners!]

First Peter is written to a community of faith that is struggling to remain faithful. These “spiritual exiles” were probably Gentile converts who had left behind their pagan rituals to follow Christ. In so doing, their faith choice had alienated them from family, friends, and their community. The believers are reminded that there will be times when the faith journey is difficult and that they are tested. There will be times that the only hope is that God remembers and blesses eventually. Do not falter in your faith; live like a believer!

Humility is not a strong suit for many people. According to Peter, though, humility is an attribute to be desired. His words remind readers that Christ is the Shepherd, the first and last example. Leadership is not about power or demands but is servant-based. This form of leadership means living an example rather than barking out orders. Peter also realized that the best way for this is by living in Christian community to support, encourage and suffer…together. We need each other, perhaps now more than ever!

The true followers of Christ will continue to suffer as necessary in their commitment and good works. Use this lesson as a reality check, the Christian faith is not a “Pollyanna” existence, but rather life with hope. Trust God and live on bravely!

 

Introductory Thoughts (5-15 minutes – These are for discussion to introduce this week’s Lesson Ideas.)

  1. Do you think pro athletes or professional musicians make their work look easy? Do you think it just comes naturally to them? What do they do in order to be the best in their sport or music industry? As hard as some people work, why do you think they do not make it to the pros or have a Top 40 hit?

One writer suggests that we only become proficient in something after spending 10,000 hours in practice. In what have you invested 10,000 hours? What have you learned?

 

  1. Which of the following reasons make it difficult for you to commit to something and why?
  2. Time restrictions B. Money commitment                     C. Lack of interest                                                                  How can you commit more deeply to your faith? What needs to happen?

 

  1. Who is the wisest person you know? How old are they? Do you think most older people are wiser than young people? Why or Why not? Invite an older person to come to your class and share a story from their childhood. (Or invite a younger person to come talk about their life today.)

 

  1. Why is humility such a hard character trait to live out? What might need to change? Why?

Studying & Discussing the Passage (20-25 minutes – See Brian Harbour’s Commentary for added insights and explanations.)

  1. Share an overview of the Lesson from “Locating the Text” (Teaching Guide) and then examine the Focal Passage using a variety of teaching methods…

 

  1. 1 Peter 4: 12-14 Difficulties are part of following Jesus

How does Peter describe the trails we face? What do you think some of the “strange happenings” were that he refers to? What do you think some of the “strange happenings” are today? How does he instruct the reader

to respond to the sufferings? What will the reader experience when God’s glory is revealed? What is the encouragement to those who are insulted? What would you like to say to Peter about this?

1 Peter 5: 6-9                         Be Humble, Disciplined, and On Guard

To whom are you to humble yourself? Why? When will God lift you up? Why should you leave all your worries with God? What are the benefits of living with faith? Why should you be on alert? How is the devil described by Peter? What is the devil’s purpose? How are you to respond to the devil? How is this response an encouraging one to you and to other believers?

 

1 Peter 5: 10-11                     You will be restored to Glory

What is the reward that follows the suffering? Who initiates restoration? What is our response to God?

 

  1. Suffering is a recurring theme in 1 Peter. It is something that each person faces. Find stories of others who have suffered for their faith and how they suffered. Here are a few to begin with: Noah, Joseph, Stephen, Paul.

 

  1. Many people spend a great of time worrying. Peter encourages believers not to worry because God cares for them. Consider the words of Paul from Philippians 4:4- 7. What are the things that you worry about? How can you use these scriptures to release your worry to God?

 

  1. What is the role of Christian fellowship? How does fellowship make us stronger believers?

(Acts 2:42, 1 John 1:7 for instance.)

 

Applying the Lesson (10-20 minutes – Choose one or two questions to encourage action plans for the coming week!)

  1. What does judgment mean to you? How does the judgment of God differ from the judgment of men? Why does judgment begin with the family of God? What concerns does this judgment raise in you? How important is it that you live your faith and share it with your friends? What does God expect of you? What do you expect of God? How can you serve Him while suffering?

 

  1. What does it mean to be humble? Does being humble mean that you should be a doormat to other people? Does it mean being meek and timid? Who do you know that is a good example of a humble person? What things do you struggle with that make you arrogant? How can God create a more humble spirit in you?

 

  1. The devil is described as looking for people to “devour” (Good News). Can pride be a factor in letting evil distract or devour you? How? How does the Christian community help you stay strong in your faith? How can you as a member of the Christian community help others?

 

People go where they know they’ve been prepared for and are cared for!

 

Bo Prosser, series editor, is the Coordinator of Organizational Relationships at CBF in Atlanta.

Charles Qualls, session writer, is the NEW Pastor at Franklin Baptist Church in Franklin, VA.

 

Copyright SS Helps 2017            All references to Smyth and Helwys literature are used by permission of the Publisher.

All materials used are available through Smyth & Helwys Publishing,www.helwys.com, 800-747-3016.

 

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er 5: 6-9                                  Be Humble, Disciplined, and On Guard

1 Peter 5: 10-11                     You will be restored to Glory

 

Summary Statements: (To help you get a handle on the lesson truths.)

  1. The Christian life is filled with trials to suffer through, but we can still rejoice because of Jesus.
  2. You are blessed when you suffer for Christ so rejoice that you are God’s child. How can you rejoice?
  3. Christ, we can live with less anxiety. Christ confidence allows us to be free from worry.
  4. Hold fast in your faith and seek Christ; the Enemy seeks to tempt you. Live with discipline in Christ.

 

Questions for Thought: (To help you think of some questions to challenge with a “So What?”)

  1. How do you seek out the blessings for which to rejoice in the midst of suffering?
  2. Respect comes with time and hard work. How can you be humble and gain respect?
  3. By what are you tempted? By who are you tempted? How will you remain firm in your faith?
  4. Christian fellowship gives us strength and focus. Who encourages you and keeps you focused?

 

Points to Ponder

[NOTE: These suggestions are to help your class be more interactive and discussion oriented. Using 3-5 different ideas will enhance your preferred teaching style and involve class participants. Build excitement and intimacy in your learners!]

First Peter is written to a community of faith that is struggling to remain faithful. These “spiritual exiles” were probably Gentile converts who had left behind their pagan rituals to follow Christ. In so doing, their faith choice had alienated them from family, friends, and their community. The believers are reminded that there will be times when the faith journey is difficult and that they are tested. There will be times that the only hope is that God remembers and blesses eventually. Do not falter in your faith; live like a believer!

Humility is not a strong suit for many people. According to Peter, though, humility is an attribute to be desired. His words remind readers that Christ is the Shepherd, the first and last example. Leadership is not about power or demands but is servant-based. This form of leadership means living an example rather than barking out orders. Peter also realized that the best way for this is by living in Christian community to support, encourage and suffer…together. We need each other, perhaps now more than ever!

The true followers of Christ will continue to suffer as necessary in their commitment and good works. Use this lesson as a reality check, the Christian faith is not a “Pollyanna” existence, but rather life with hope. Trust God and live on bravely!

 

Introductory Thoughts (5-15 minutes – These are for discussion to introduce this week’s Lesson Ideas.)

  1. Do you think pro athletes or professional musicians make their work look easy? Do you think it just comes naturally to them? What do they do in order to be the best in their sport or music industry? As hard as some people work, why do you think they do not make it to the pros or have a Top 40 hit?

One writer suggests that we only become proficient in something after spending 10,000 hours in practice. In what have you invested 10,000 hours? What have you learned?

 

  1. Which of the following reasons make it difficult for you to commit to something and why?
  2. Time restrictions B. Money commitment                     C. Lack of interest                                                                  How can you commit more deeply to your faith? What needs to happen?

 

  1. Who is the wisest person you know? How old are they? Do you think most older people are wiser than young people? Why or Why not? Invite an older person to come to your class and share a story from their childhood. (Or invite a younger person to come talk about their life today.)

 

  1. Why is humility such a hard character trait to live out? What might need to change? Why?

Studying & Discussing the Passage (20-25 minutes – See Brian Harbour’s Commentary for added insights and explanations.)

  1. Share an overview of the Lesson from “Locating the Text” (Teaching Guide) and then examine the Focal Passage using a variety of teaching methods…

 

  1. 1 Peter 4: 12-14 Difficulties are part of following Jesus

How does Peter describe the trails we face? What do you think some of the “strange happenings” were that he refers to? What do you think some of the “strange happenings” are today? How does he instruct the reader

to respond to the sufferings? What will the reader experience when God’s glory is revealed? What is the encouragement to those who are insulted? What would you like to say to Peter about this?

1 Peter 5: 6-9                         Be Humble, Disciplined, and On Guard

To whom are you to humble yourself? Why? When will God lift you up? Why should you leave all your worries with God? What are the benefits of living with faith? Why should you be on alert? How is the devil described by Peter? What is the devil’s purpose? How are you to respond to the devil? How is this response an encouraging one to you and to other believers?

 

1 Peter 5: 10-11                     You will be restored to Glory

What is the reward that follows the suffering? Who initiates restoration? What is our response to God?

 

  1. Suffering is a recurring theme in 1 Peter. It is something that each person faces. Find stories of others who have suffered for their faith and how they suffered. Here are a few to begin with: Noah, Joseph, Stephen, Paul.

 

  1. Many people spend a great of time worrying. Peter encourages believers not to worry because God cares for them. Consider the words of Paul from Philippians 4:4- 7. What are the things that you worry about? How can you use these scriptures to release your worry to God?

 

  1. What is the role of Christian fellowship? How does fellowship make us stronger believers?

(Acts 2:42, 1 John 1:7 for instance.)

 

Applying the Lesson (10-20 minutes – Choose one or two questions to encourage action plans for the coming week!)

  1. What does judgment mean to you? How does the judgment of God differ from the judgment of men? Why does judgment begin with the family of God? What concerns does this judgment raise in you? How important is it that you live your faith and share it with your friends? What does God expect of you? What do you expect of God? How can you serve Him while suffering?

 

  1. What does it mean to be humble? Does being humble mean that you should be a doormat to other people? Does it mean being meek and timid? Who do you know that is a good example of a humble person? What things do you struggle with that make you arrogant? How can God create a more humble spirit in you?

 

  1. The devil is described as looking for people to “devour” (Good News). Can pride be a factor in letting evil distract or devour you? How? How does the Christian community help you stay strong in your faith? How can you as a member of the Christian community help others?

 

People go where they know they’ve been prepared for and are cared for!