Suffering & Endurance

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Sermon Text: 1 Peter 2:19-25

For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

Discussion Questions

  1. How do you understand the passages on slaves and masters in the New Testament? Are you satisfied with that answer?
  2. In what ways would living with Jesus change the way we respond to unjust suffering ?
  3. In what ways would living with Jesus change the way we respond to being exposed to meaningful risk?
  4. How can we entrust ourselves to God?