Summary: Our message this week is about a difficult topic—sin—but as a people of faith, a people of hope, it needs to be part of our conversation.
The shrillness of our voices and the stridency with which we argue is harsh, but the even worse fallout is when God’s people are divided. One of the dividing words is “sin.”
WHAT IF . . .We admit to ourselves and everyone else that sin is not just about HIM or YOU or HER or THEM. But that it is really all about ME and US?
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:18; 4:1-6
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- A Charitable Discourse: Talking About Things That Divide Us
- A Charitable Discourse 2: Uncomfortable Conversations
Go. BE the church, even if we are in exile. Continue to learn to live in love, even during a global pandemic. Maybe even BECAUSE of a global pandemic. Wherever people are hurting, God moves in and we can be God’s hands and feet.
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- How often did your family move when you were growing up? Which time was the hardest? How geographically spread out is your family now? How often do you get together?
- In 1 Peter 1:4-5 how does Peter talk about suffering?
- In times of personal suffering or crisis have you felt bitter or “better”?
- Read 1 Peter 2:11-17. How would you rewrite this in your own words?
- In Peter’s day, persecution and slavery made submission to authority difficult. What conditions today make it difficult?
- How can Jesus’ example help you face hardships you cannot change? (dig into this!)
- What should people do whose legal rights are being violated by authority gone bad? Accept suffering? Insist on justice? Confront the authority? (see also Mark 11:15-16; 15:1-15; Acts 16:35-57)
- Verse 21 is a challenge to believers—is there any way that you have “suffered for” Christ? How did you handle that?