Sermon Study Guide

Sermon Passage: 1 Peter 1:13-17 (sermon #6 in series)

Points from the Sermon

  • Submit (v. 13-15)
  • Serve (v. 16)
  • Seek (v. 17)

Study Questions

  1. What is the main question that Peter is trying to answer in our passage?
  2. Peter says we are to submit to “every human institution” (v. 13). Give a list of the authorities that God is calling you to submit to.
  3. Does submitting to authority mean that Christians cannot advocate for change in society? Why or why not?
  4. Give an example of Christians who have fought for justice in our country in a manner that honored God and Peter’s words in our passage.
  5. What is your reputation at your place of employment, in your neighborhood, in your school and on social media? Do you believe you are honoring God in those realms? Do you believe you are being obedient to God’s Word in this passage?
  6. Why is submitting to authority a hard thing for us?
  7. What should be our main motivation to live as good citizens?
  8. Do you pray for those in authority over you? Do you pray for people in authority over you regardless of whether they are from your side or “the other side”? (Praying that they would be a good leader).
  9. How can you serve others in your neighborhood or workplace?
  10. To paraphrase a statement from the English “Book of Common Prayer”, “His service is perfect freedom”. What does this mean?
  11. Jeremiah 29:7 says “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lordon its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare”. How, where and when can you seek the welfare of your neighbors, your coworkers, your peers at school, the city you live in, the county you reside in, and even your nation?
  12. As Christians, we have been, “Blessed to be a blessing”. Will you pray to God to increasingly show you through the Holy Spirit what that is to look like in your life? What does your calling look like to seek the welfare of those around you?