Sermon Study - 1 Peter 2:18-25

November 11, 2013

by Jeff Breeding

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“Servants, Masters, and the Example of Christ” from 1 Peter 2:18-25. You can listen to the sermon here.

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Have you ever faced a situation where you knew that if you did the right thing, you would suffer for it? Not a situation where you might suffer for doing something wrong, but a situation where you might suffer for doing something right. Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t. But I think we could all agree that it sounds hard, doesn’t it? The prospect of suffering for doing what is right – that’s a hard thing.

When you drill down into our passage this morning, that’s what these verses are about. This passage is about doing right even when it causes you to suffer. In that sense, this is a hard text. But the difficulty increases a little when we realize the context of the verses. Peter is writing to servants or slaves. You see it there in v18 – “Servants be subject to your masters.” Peter is telling Christian servants to submit themselves to their masters. Now, in God’s mercy, none of us are servants or slaves, so we might be tempted to think that this passage doesn’t apply to us. And we would be mistaken. Peter may be writing directly to servants, but his instructions to those servants apply to all Christians. All Christians – regardless of culture, regardless of position in life – all Christians are called by God to suffer for doing good.

For Further Study

  1. Christians are called to suffer for doing what is right. This is the key truth that Peter seeks to apply to his readers’ lives. Read through the remainder of 1 Peter 3. Make note of how Peter continues to apply this key truth.
  2. In these verses, Peter uses the example of Christ to demonstrate that our calling as Christians is to suffer for doing good. Read Matthew 27:1-44. In what ways did Christ endure unjust suffering? List as many examples as you can from the passage.

For Personal Reflection

  1. In the service, we read Matthew 5:38-48. Read that passage again. What are some practical ways in your life that you can apply Jesus’ teaching?

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