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Sermon Study - 1 Peter 4:7-11

“Godliness in Light of the End” from 1 Peter 4:7-11. You can listen to the sermon here.

Sermon Review

As this passage begins, Peter is still focused on the last day. Remember, last week’s passage closed with a reference to the last day. Look back at verses 5-6 and you can see the connection. That focus continues in this week’s text. Notice the opening line of verse 7: “The end of all things is at hand.” So, the last day is still forefront in Peter’s mind. And his point with this opening phrase is that the culmination of God’s purposes is at hand. It is imminent. Since eternity past, God has purposed and planned to redeem a people for himself through the sacrificial death of his own Son. That has been God’s eternal plan. It was anticipated in the history of Israel, predicted by the OT prophets, and then accomplished through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The only thing that remains is the culmination of that redemptive purpose. There is nothing left except for Christ to return and consummate the kingdom of God.

That truth leads Peter to offer three instructions to his readers:

  1. In light of the end, be alert.
  2. In light of the end, love one another.
  3. In light of the end, serve one another with the gifts God has provided.

For Further Study

In verses 10-11, Peter discusses spiritual gifts within the church body. The apostle Paul also wrote about spiritual gifts, with 1 Corinthians 12 as the most prominent example. Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 and answer the following questions:

  1. What similarities do you see between 1 Corinthians 12 and 1 Peter 4:10-11?
  2. Based on 1 Corinthians 12 and 1 Peter 4:10-11, how would you describe the purpose of spiritual gifts in the church? How would you describe each believer’s role in the body?
  3. Again, based on those two passages, what are some possible dangers or errors concerning spiritual gifts? How might those errors adversely affect the body of Christ?

For Personal Reflection

  1. In the past, how has the Lord used you to serve his church? What gifts did that service reveal? How might you put those gifts to service at Midtown Baptist?
  2. If you are unsure of your spiritual gifting, ask the Lord to provide you with opportunities to serve his church so that you might discover your gifts. Also, consider asking other believers who know for their feedback on the presence of spiritual gifts in your life. What have they observed in your service?
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