The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.—1 Peter 4:1–6
Outline: Five Questions
- Why should you arm yourselves with Christ’s mindset about suffering (1 Peter 4:1)? Two reasons: (1) Because Christ suffered in the flesh and (2) because whoever has died to sin has ceased from participating in the sins that characterize non-Christians.
- For what purpose has a believer ceased from participating in the sins that characterize non-Christians (1 Peter 4:2)? In order to live for the rest of your life no longer for sinful human passions but for God’s will.
- Why is a believer committed to live no longer for sinful human passions but for God’s will (1 Peter 4:3)? Because you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do.
- How might non-Christians respond when a believer ceases from participating in sins that characterize non-Christians (1 Peter 4:4)? They are surprised, and they malign you.
- How does looking at the bigger picture motive believers about suffering (1 Peter 4:5–6)? Unless non-Christians repent and trust Christ, God will righteously judge them; that encourages and exhorts us to persevere, to endure suffering now in light of the future.