Jul 3, 2022
Instructions for All of Us – I Peter 3:8-12
Series: I Peter
  1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
  2. Of the several descriptions of how we are to relate to one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, which is most convicting for you? Why?
  3. How does a “humble mind” (vs. 8) enable us to have “unity of mind” with other believers and to resist the temptation to “repay evil for evil”? What enables us to have a “humble mind”? (See I Peter 2:9-10.)
  4. According to verse 9, we are “called” to bless those who do us evil so that we may obtain a blessing. What is this blessing? (See verses 10-12.)  How have you experienced such blessing in your own life?     
  5. How does this passage challenge you personally? How will you respond in obedience to what you have heard?
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  • Jul 3, 2022Instructions for All of Us – I Peter 3:8-12
    Jul 3, 2022
    Instructions for All of Us – I Peter 3:8-12
    Series: I Peter
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. Of the several descriptions of how we are to relate to one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, which is most convicting for you? Why?
    3. How does a “humble mind” (vs. 8) enable us to have “unity of mind” with other believers and to resist the temptation to “repay evil for evil”? What enables us to have a “humble mind”? (See I Peter 2:9-10.)
    4. According to verse 9, we are “called” to bless those who do us evil so that we may obtain a blessing. What is this blessing? (See verses 10-12.)  How have you experienced such blessing in your own life?     
    5. How does this passage challenge you personally? How will you respond in obedience to what you have heard?
  • Jun 26, 2022Treasuring the Supremacy and Sufficiency of Jesus
    Jun 26, 2022
    Treasuring the Supremacy and Sufficiency of Jesus
    Series: Colossians
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of Scripture?
    2. Why is the law in the Old Testament no longer needed for people to be right with God?
    3. Why does having a list of rules seem attractive to us? Why does it seem to be part of our DNA to want rules to keep? What is the danger of focusing on the law rather than on Christ (19)?
    4. Where do you struggle with legalism in your relationship with Christ? What truth about how God relates to us helps you fight this tendency?
    5. In what ways as a church might we be in danger of adding to Christ and his work? What rules or guidelines do we want believers to follow that are more cultural than biblical?
    6. Paul says that all of these practices have no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh. Why do you think that is the case? (Consider Mark 7:14-23; Matthew 15:15-20).
    7. By God’s grace, what needs to change in your life based on this study of Colossians 2:16-23?
  • Jun 19, 2022Husbands and Wives – I Peter 3:1-7
    Jun 19, 2022
    Husbands and Wives – I Peter 3:1-7
    Series: I Peter
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. What example have you seen of a Christian wife’s lifestyle eventually leading to her husband’s conversion?
    3. Wives, what does it look like for you to adorn yourself with a gentle and quiet spirit. How does this passage challenge you to live differently?
    4. Husbands, what does it look like for you to live with your wife in an understanding way and to show honor to her? How does this passage challenge you to live differently?  
    5. In what ways are the instructions of this passage to both men and women countercultural? How might these countercultural lifestyles point people towards Christ?  
    6. How does this passage challenge you personally? How will you respond in obedience to what you have heard?
  • Jun 12, 2022Submission to Authority – I Peter 2:18-25
    Jun 12, 2022
    Submission to Authority – I Peter 2:18-25
    Series: I Peter
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. Is it surprising to you that Peter instructs slaves to submit? Why is this NOT an endorsement of slavery?
    3. Where are you called to patiently endure unjust treatment or submit to a difficult authority in your own life?
    4. What do you see in this passage that encourages you to graciously endure unjust treatment or submit to a difficult authority?
    5. How does this passage challenge you personally? How will you respond in obedience to what you have heard?
  • May 29, 2022Colossians 2:6-15 – Complete in Christ: Walking confidently in Christ’s Sufficiency
    May 29, 2022
    Colossians 2:6-15 – Complete in Christ: Walking confidently in Christ’s Sufficiency
    Series: Colossians
    Questions:
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of Scripture?
    2. The central confession of the early church was ‘Jesus is Lord.’ What are the implications of this statement for the world, the church, the home, and your life?
    3. Why do you think Paul sees thankfulness as the believer’s necessary response to salvation (see Colossians 1:12; 2:7; 3:16; 4:2)? What is thankfulness? What does thankfulness look like for you as a Christian?
    4. In 2:8, Paul commands believers to watch out for harmful beliefs that would undermine their faith. What are the potential philosophies or worldviews that can tempt believers to look for fullness outside of Christ?
    5. In 2:9-15, Paul provides several reasons to cling to Christ and no other. Why do you think Paul focuses on what is right and true instead of emphasizing what is wrong with the false teaching?
    6. In 2:9-15, which statement about Christ or about our status in Christ is most encouraging to you? Why?
    7. By God’s grace, what needs to change in your life based on this study of Colossians 2:6-15?
  • May 22, 2022Living as Foreigners in this World – I Peter 2:11-12
    May 22, 2022
    Living as Foreigners in this World – I Peter 2:11-12
    Series: I Peter
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. As Christians, we must embrace that we are aliens or foreigners in this world. What are some of the ways that you think and live differently from the world that make you aware of your status as a foreigner?   
    3. In what sense do the passions of the flesh wage war against our souls as Christians? How are you seeking to resist and abstain from such passions (desires of the sinful nature)?   
    4. What does the world say we are to do with our passions and desires (even if God’ says they are sinful)?
    5. We are to live honorable lives that are full of good deeds so that unbelievers might take notice and glorify God. Do you live with an awareness that others might glorify God because of what they see in you? If so, how does this influence your lifestyle?       
    6. How does this passage challenge you personally? How will you respond in obedience to what you have heard?
  • May 15, 2022A Spiritual House – I Peter 2:4-10
    May 15, 2022
    A Spiritual House – I Peter 2:4-10
    Series: I Peter
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. What are the “spiritual sacrifices” that we offer to God (2:5)?
    3. Christians are described in verse 9 in several unique ways. Which of these descriptions is most encouraging to you?
    4. According to verse 9, God has made us His people so that we might proclaim His excellencies or declare His praise. How does this challenge you to live differently?
    5. How does this passage challenge you personally? How will you respond in obedience to what you have heard?
  • May 8, 2022The Fruit of being begotten through the Word – I Peter 1:22-2:3
    May 8, 2022
    The Fruit of being begotten through the Word – I Peter 1:22-2:3
    Series: I Peter
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. How does this passage challenge you personally? How will you respond in obedience to what you have heard?
    3. The instruction to love one another earnestly from a pure heart is grounded in the reality that we have been born again through the Word of God. How have you experienced an earnest and pure love from other believers?
    4. In 2:1 we are instructed to lay aside the attitudes and actions that will quench love in our community. Which of these do you feel the need to put away in your own life?
    5. In 2:2-3 we are instructed to long for the “pure spiritual milk” of God’s Word. What is the good result of this longing? How is God increasing your thirst for His Word?    
  • May 1, 2022Living in light of our Salvation – I Peter 1:13-21
    May 1, 2022
    Living in light of our Salvation – I Peter 1:13-21
    Series: I Peter
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. How does this passage challenge you personally? How will you respond in obedience to what you have heard?
    3. Why does it take such disciplined mental effort to keep our hope fully fixed on what God has promised us? What helps you to do this?
    4. As those who have been saved by God’s grace, we are called to be holy. Why does God want His people to be holy?
    5. Being holy means, in part, that we are no longer conformed to the passions of our former ignorance. What former passions must you continue to turn away from?
    6. Is it surprising to you that our passage instructs us to live in fear? What is meant by this fear? How has such a healthy fear been a part of your walk with Christ?      
  • Apr 24, 2022Rejoicing in Salvation – I Peter 1:6-12
    Apr 24, 2022
    Rejoicing in Salvation – I Peter 1:6-12
    Series: I Peter
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. How does this passage challenge you personally? How will you respond in obedience to what you have heard?
    3. What good does God accomplish through the trials of true believers? (See verse 7.)
    4. What trials have you experienced in your own life? How have these tested the genuineness of your faith?
    5. In verse 8 what words describe the heart of the true believer in how he/she relates to Jesus? Do these words describe your own heart and experience? If yes, how so?
    6. Does it surprise you to see in verses 10-12 that we experience a salvation that prophets looked at from afar and that angels marvel at from a distance?