Blessings Under Pressure, Oct. 27 – Nov. 2


Message Outline


Live a Godly life in order to be a blessing to others (8-12)

Right attitude:       five characteristics that brings blessing

Right response:    blessing and good for insult and evil

Right goal:            life,  good days, and peace



Respond in a Godly way to suffering (13-17)

Right suffering:     pathway to blessings

Right focus:          sanctify Christ

Right answer:       reason for the Hope


Group Discussion Questions


  1. How can people who come from such varied backgrounds and have such diverse interests be “of one mind” in the family of God?
  2. In 1 Peter 3:8, Peter gives five character qualities to help guide our interpersonal relationships. What stands out to you most about these commands? In what way do these characteristics mark your life? Is there a particular area where God is encouraging you to grow?
  3. What does it mean when Peter says in 1 Peter 3:9, “Repay evil with a blessing”? Explain.
  4. Most human conflict begins on the verbal level. It’s what we say that causes problems at work, in our marriages, among our friends and even at church. How might being careful in our words improve the quality of our life? What are some possible consequences of our words?
  5. What kinds of things do Christians sometimes get made fun of? Has anyone ever picked on you because you are a Christian? How did Jesus respond to people who made fun of him and picked on him? How can you be like Jesus when people pick on you for being a Christian?
  6. Read 1 Peter 3:14-15. Christians sometimes remain silent when people are saying awful things about Christ or Christian faith. How might that relate to a fear of persecution?
  7. Are there any people who have asked you questions about the Bible or Jesus or Christianity? Who asked, and what questions did they ask? What qualities does Peter call us to demonstrate as we share our faith with others?

Family Discussion Questions


  1. How are Christians described in 1 Peter 3:8? Would you describe yourself this way?
  2. Is there a friend or neighbor that you are struggling to get along with? Share the situation with your family.
  3. When someone is mean to you, what is usually your first reaction? Read Luke 6:31. How does God tell us to treat other people? Are we only supposed to treat well the people that treat us well (Matthew 5:44)?
  4. How does God tell us to treat people who try to hurt us with their words or actions (verses 9-12)? How could you be obedient to God’s commands with the situation you described above?
  5. What does evil and ugly speech look like? Instead of repaying someone who seeks to harm you with evil and ugly insults what would it look like if you were kind toward them?
  6. Even if people continue to try to harm you when you are attempting to do what is right and good, what does God say is your reward (verse 14)? What are some ways God might bless you for doing what is right?
  7. Read Matthew 28:19-20. What does Jesus tell us to do? How does he tell us to do it (1 Peter 3:15)? Do you think that repaying evil actions with evil responses helps lead others to find and follow Jesus?
  8. Is there someone God has put in your path or presence that you need to apologize to for acting in a way that is disobedient to his commands?


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