MEMORY VERSE: 1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

• What is the most physical pain you have ever been in?
• How did you handle that pain and what did you learn from it?

Read 1 Peter 4:12-19 as a group. Keep your Bibles open to the passage so you can
refer to it through the evening.

• Suffering for Christ is almost always painful. Have you ever had to endure physical or
emotional pain for your relationship with Christ?
• What was the main message of the writers of the New Testament to Christians
regarding suffering? Read 2 Timothy 3:12, 1 John 3:13, and John 15:18-20.
• In verse 12 Peter explains not to be surprised by trials when they come. Why does it
appear that trials are almost guaranteed for a Christian? Read James 1:2-4
• How do these passages contradict the “prosperity Gospel” and what do they teach us
about faith in God?
• What does Peter say about suffering in verses 14-15? Is all suffering the same? What
is the difference between suffering for Christ and suffering because of our own
sin or lack of judgement? Have you ever experienced someone who is suffering
from their sin trying to claim that it is because of “persecution?” How do we
discern the difference?
• In what ways could “true” suffering for Christ cause shame? Why shouldn’t it?
• When we have “completely entrusted our souls to God” is there anything to fear?
What kind of confidence should this give us to live our lives boldly for Christ?

• What truth reveled in the passage do you need to take with you this week?
• What must you do about it?
• How can we help you do it?
• Do you want someone to help you stay accountable with this application?

What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you?
How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?