Sermon Study - 1 Peter 3:8-12

November 25, 2013

by Jeff Breeding

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“The Blessing of Godliness” from 1 Peter 3:8-12. You can listen to the sermon here.

Sermon Review

1 Peter 3:8-12 is the conclusion to the section of the letter that began back in 2:11. Remember from 2:11-12, Peter called Christians to honorable conduct as they live among unbelievers. He then went on in the following verses to talk about what that honorable conduct looks like in specific areas of life. How should Christians relate to the governing authorities? How should servants relate to masters? And how should wives and husbands relate to one another? All of those specific discussions were the application of Peter’s call to honorable conduct. In our passage, Peter concludes that particular section of the letter. You see it there in verse 8, where Peter begins the verse with the word “Finally.” He’s wrapping up his previous discussion. And this concluding section is much more general than the previous sections. Note that Peter says “Finally, all of you.” He’s not focused just on servants or wives or husband, but on all Christians.

The passage really breaks down into two parts. In verses 8-9, we see Peter call all Christians to a life of godliness. And then in verses 10-12, Peter offers Christians some encouragement from the past by quoting from Psalm 34. So, there are two parts to the passage, and our message this morning will focus on the truths from those two sections of the text – the call to godliness in verses 8-9, and encouragement from the past in verses 10-12.

For Further Study

  1. In verse 8, Peter calls all Christians to godliness within the church body. Read Ephesians 4:17-5:2 and Colossians 3:12-17. How are these passages similar to 1 Peter 3:8? How are they different?
  2. In verse 9, Peter calls all Christians to godliness in our relationships with those outside the church. Read Romans 12:14-21. How is this passage similar to 1 Peter 3:9? How is it different?
  3. Read Philippians 2:1-10. What does this passage teach us about the importance of humility within the church? Conversely, based on this passage, why is pride such a dangerous sin within the church body?

For Personal Reflection

  1. Spend some time in prayer this week, asking God to cultivate in your heart the kind of godliness Peter calls us to in 1 Peter 3:8-9.

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