Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon


  • Why does Peter repeatedly make a connection between holiness and suffering in the Book of 1 Peter and especially in chapter 4 verse 1? (See 1:12, 2:21-22, 3:14-15, and 5:8-9).
  • In 1 Peter 4:1 it says that “whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.” Can you think of a Bible verse that proves that Peter cannot mean that we are completely freed from all sin in this life?
  • Why do Americans tend to believe the spiritual dangers we face in North America are less severe than those experienced by our fellow Christians in places like Sudan, and North Korea? Which is a greater danger to our souls, physical persecution or spiritual complacency?
  • Is 1 Peter 4:5 a comfort to you, or would you prefer to think of God as too gracious to judge anyone harshly?
  • Does the thought of persecution or being “maligned” (verse 4) prevent you from being an open witness for Christ? How can you battle that fear scripturally?