July 1 - Suffering Like Christ (1 Peter 2:18-25)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
This Sunday we will begin two new Adult Education classes:
Levi Regalado will be teaching a class in the youth room called Encounters with Christ, considering the interaction that Jesus has with different individuals throughout the four gospels.
Nik Lingle and Phillip Taylor will be teaching in the Adult 1 classroom a study through the book of Revelation.
Both of these classes will begin at 10:00am.
1 Peter 2:18-25
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19 For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
In 1 Peter 2:18–25, Peter is giving instructions to servants who are being mistreated. Peter's call to suffer like Christ applies to all of Peter's readers and to us today (1 Pet 2:11–12). Peter reminds his audience that their righteous response to suffering is approved by God. He also points them to Christ's response to suffering as an example to follow. Blessedly, Peter reminds us of the work of Christ on the cross which enables us to suffer like Jesus. Even when trials and hardships come, God's Word teaches us how to live in the midst of suffering and how to walk alongside those who are in need.
Review and Apply
What are some of the ways that you and your neighbors could be suffering? In 1 Pet 2:18–25, Peter is speaking to servants who are being mistreated, but in 1:6 he says that his audience is suffering because of various trials or sorrows. What are some of those sorrows in our context?
Does it comfort you knowing that God approves of your faithful endurance in the midst of suffering? How does this encourage you to think differently about the suffering that you're facing?
Who do you know that has endured suffering like Christ? How did you know?
What are some ways that your speech has been impure when you're suffering?
What else does Scripture teach us about suffering? (Hint: check out 1 Pet 1:7; Rom 8:17; Job 38; 1 Pet 3; Jas 1:2–4; 1 Pet 4.)
How could you encourage your brothers and sisters in Christ to entrust themselves to God in the midst of suffering?
How does God's justice bring you hope and encouragement while facing trials?
What are some other situations in Christ's life that instruct us in how to live while suffering?