1 Peter

Harvest DNA – Part 4: Unafraid Witness.

Review / Introduction:


Your walk with Christ determines your witness for Christ!

Matthew 5:16 - In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

1 Peter 3:15 - but in your hearts, regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.

Proverbs 28:1 - ...the righteous are bold as a lion.

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Three Things You Need to Know to Be a Bold Witness (1 Peter 2:11-12):

  1. Know what you are: Alien. (1 Peter 2:11a)
  2. Philippians 3:20 - But our citizenship is in heaven...

  3. Know what to fight: Your Sin. (1 Peter 2:11b)
  4. Know how to act: Honorable. (1 Peter 2:12)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read
1 Peter 2:11-12

  1. What is the connection between your walk with Christ and your witness for Christ? Why?

  2. How do passions wage war on your soul? Even though a believer cannot lose their salvation, how is sin still harmful to the soul?

  3. How would you instruct someone wanting to fight their "besetting" sin? 
     

Breakout Questions:

How, specifically / personally, do you need to "put distance" between you and your sin? Pray for each other to apply wisdom in this war on sin. 

Living in a One-Sided Marriage (Men's Edition)

Honoring God in Your Marriage (When Your Wife is Not):

  1. Get to KNOW her. (1 Peter 3:7a)


  2. TREASURE her. (1 Peter 3:7b)


  3. ENJOY life with her. (1 Peter 3:7c)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read 1 Peter 3:7 (Men: Multiple times!!!)

  1. Name some practical ways men can learn more about their wives and how to meet their needs. Ladies, please chime in. We need the help.
     
  2. What does Peter mean to to honor your wife as the “weaker vessel”? How should that affect the way you think about your wife?
     
  3. How can our conduct towards our wives hinder our prayers for our wives?

Breakout Questions:
Pray for the marriages (and the singles in the group) to:

  • grow in oneness
  • understand our God-given roles
  • show grace

Living in a One-Sided Marriage (Women's Edition)

Honoring God in Your Marriage (When Your Husband is Not):

  1. Your CONDUCT must be more important than your words. (1 Peter 3:1-2)


  2. Your CHARACTER must be more beautiful than your clothes. (1 Peter 3:3-4)


  3. Your FAITH must be bigger than your FEARS. (1 Peter 3:5-6)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read 1 Peter 3:1-6

  1. How is a husband won over by his wife “without a word”? Explain what this means. If the wife isn’t to “preach”, how will the husband hear the Word of God?
     
  2. What are ways some women tend to focus on the external appearance? What kinds of “internal beauty marks” does Peter say to work on (1 Peter 3:4)? What are practical ways to work on those?
     
  3. Pretend a (saved) coworker with an unsaved husband comes to you asking for advice on how to handle her pagan hubby. He is not interested in church or anything spiritual, which is important to her. He shows her no Christlike love like he is supposed to, so she is thinking about a divorce. “Why would God want me stuck in a marriage like this?” she says. What would you tell her to do, in light of this passage?

Breakout Questions:

  1. Same theme, all month. This time: Pray for your spouse, specifically. Their walk with Christ. Their health. Their emotional well-being.
     
  2. Not married? Pray for your future spouse. Don’t plan on getting married? Pray for a marriage you know of that needs the knot tightened.

Inexpressible Joy!

Joy is not:

Joy is:

How are we going after joy?

  1. Focus on Then and There, not Here and Now (1 Peter 1:3-5)

  2. Focus on the Purpose of our trials, not the Pain of our trials (1 Peter 1:6-7)
  3. But what about the trials?

    1. Trials Don't last

    2. Trials Serve a purpose

    3. Trials Remind us of our dependence on God

    4. Trials Come in many forms

    5. Trials Prove faith

  4. Focus on the Relationship with Christ, not a Religion for Christ (1 Peter 1:8-9)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read 1 Peter 1:3-9

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another.

What should we do with unbelievers?

  1. Live peaceably with them.
  2. Hebrews 12:14 - Strive for peace with everyone,and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

  3. Leave judgement to God.

  4. Love them with the gospel.
  5. 1 Peter 3:14-16 - But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another.