Wonderful World
A Prepared Mind - 1 Peter 4:1-11

A Prepared Mind - 1 Peter 4:1-11

November 30, 2021

What we are willing to do for Christ begins in our minds. How can I say I am ready to suffer for Him if I am not ready to love like Him? When we begin to think like Christ, we can then live like Christ.

Follow up questions:

How would you even begin to mentally and spiritually prepare to suffer and how do you think that would affect your behavior?

What idols do we have in our culture today, even among the church, which are not worth suffering for in the long run?

How do you deal with those who reject you because you have been changed by the power of Christ?

In what ways do we set limits on how we love others practically compared to sacrificially?

How humbling is it to realize that we are speaking to and serving others in the place of God as we use His gifts in our lives?

Victory Over Suffering - 1 Peter 3:13-22

Victory Over Suffering - 1 Peter 3:13-22

November 23, 2021

The injustice of suffering will never be overwhelmed by the victory of Christ through the cross and resurrection. Jesus is the victorious one over the enemy, death and the grave, and He personally delivered a message to declare it to be so.

Follow up questions: Where do you see suffering around the world because of faith in Christ? Where do you see it in our own culture?

How does injustice give us an opportunity to reflect Christ to others?

In what ways do you handle passages of Scripture which are difficult for you to understand?

Find different examples in the Bible where water is mentioned in context to cleansing, trials, the work of God, etc.

How are you encouraged to Christ declaring victory over principalities and powers?

Submission and Equality - 1 Peter 3:1-12

Submission and Equality - 1 Peter 3:1-12

November 16, 2021

Why should a woman submit to her husband? What does that even mean? Can there and should there be equality between men and women and what would it look like?

Follow up questions:

Can you think of any area where it seems the culture has influenced the church more than the church has influenced the culture? Explain

Why has submission become a controversial word when it comes to marriage?

How do meekness and respect compliment one another when it comes to marriage?

How does grace bring equality to not only a husband and wife but all people?

What examples can we find of Christ in scripture to demonstrate what we see in 1 Peter 3:8-9?

How to Respond to the Government - 1 Peter 2:11-25

How to Respond to the Government - 1 Peter 2:11-25

November 16, 2021

Our exiled condition as believers in an unbelieving world can be difficult. Thankfully we have an example in Jesus to follow.

Follow up questions:

How do you personally feel like an exile in this world?

How should the church be a community of belonging?

Contrast the persecuted around the world to our present situation in America.

Name a historic figure who demonstrated godly character in the midst of injustice and explain how they did so.

Why are we quick to insult rather than honor our leaders?

How can we add value to people, especially those with whom we disagree, in our culture?

Is Jesus Enough? - 1 Peter 2:1-10

Is Jesus Enough? - 1 Peter 2:1-10

November 16, 2021

A holy nation? A royal priesthood? How in the world did we get here? It was and is all because of Jesus. If that is so, why do we keep such a tight grip on our religious labels and earthly nationalities?

Follow up questions:

Explain why a person with a grace filled life would be hungry for God's word and refuse to live the old way of life.

Why is it significant that Christ was referred to as the Cornerstone?

Find scriptural references to rocks and stones and how it is significant to who God is and who we are in Him.

Choose one or more of the following descriptions of the church and find its significance in scripture and discuss it.

Chosen Generation

Royal Priesthood

Holy Nation

Special Possession (Peculiar People)

Changed People Live Changed Lives - 1 Peter 1:13-25

Changed People Live Changed Lives - 1 Peter 1:13-25

November 16, 2021

When God says He makes all things new, He means it. The transforming power of Christ shapes into His holiness and image and not our own.

Follow up questions:

What is the balance between God being sovereign and in complete control and your being personally responsible for your actions when it comes to being holy?

Doesn't God makes us holy, and if so, why do we struggle with being good?

God literally gave Himself as a ransom for mankind. Why was the price so high and how do we respond to knowing He would go to such lengths?

How do we reconcile the divisiveness, anger and bitterness of many who profess to be changed by and to possess God's Spirit yet clearly show no evidence of a transformed life by the way they love others?

The Wonder of the Gospel - 1 Peter 1:6-12

The Wonder of the Gospel - 1 Peter 1:6-12

November 16, 2021

What an incredible gospel in which the angels of heaven are in wonder of! This is the message of Jesus for all mankind which is the object of our faith and hope.

Follow up questions:

How do we balance rejoicing and grieving in a broken world?

Why do believers still grieve over death and empathize with hurting people when we have the promises and life of Jesus already?

The prophets are pointing us ahead to Jesus, and the Gospels are pointing us back to Jesus. What does the church often get distracted by instead of preaching Jesus?

A Living Hope - 1 Peter 1:1-5

A Living Hope - 1 Peter 1:1-5

November 11, 2021

In the first of a series of studies with David at Lighthouse Brunswick, the journey through 1 Peter gives exiles in a fallen world a living hope in Jesus Christ.

Follow up questions:

In a letter written to strangers and exiles, think about what characters in the Bible lived as exiles. Can you list any?

How is the church to treat exiles, strangers and refugees?

Should we pray and minister to non-Christian exiles and refugees or only Christian ones and why?

Episode 28: How to Slap Back with Grace

Episode 28: How to Slap Back with Grace

April 21, 2021

Getting slapped is demeaning and abusive, so how should a follower of Jesus respond? Sometimes we are slapped by a hand but more often by words and neglect. Jesus addressed how we are to respond to abusers as well as how to love our enemies. Join David as he continues our journey through the Sermon on the Mount and also shares about the irrelevance of social media.

Episode 27: Adultery and Plucked Out Eyes

Episode 27: Adultery and Plucked Out Eyes

April 14, 2021

Jesus speaks of some heavy issues as He gives the command for a new standard of righteousness. Imagine a sermon dealing with adultery, self-mutilation, divorce and vows at the same time. These are subjects we often shy away from, but David talks today on why these are all issues of the heart that must be talked about and dealt with daily. You can find the podcast on Twitter at @WonWorldPod

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