April 30: Living in the Last Days (1 Peter 4:7-11)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Scott Forney will continue a series going through Tim Keller's "Meaning of Marriage" at 10 am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
1 Peter 4:7-11
7) The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8) Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9) Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10) As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 11) whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Peter is giving some final instructions to the church and calling them to live in light of eternity. He has already spoken of Jesus' resurrection, ascension to the right hand and his promise to return. Given these truths, how then ought we to live? Peter instructs us to be prayerful, loving, hospitable and useful in doing good for others, especially within the household of faith. When we live like this in the present (despite our many sufferings) our actions will glorify God in the end. His encouragement to us is that by considering that great day, we can have the motivation and grace to walk out this pilgrimage rightly.
Review and Apply
Considering the day, how ought your life change in terms of prayer, loving others, being hospitable and being useful for others?
What areas of life do you need to change for the sake of improving your prayer life?
How can we love those who sin against us?
In what ways can you extend yourself in terms of being hospitable to others in your church?
What gift has God given you? How have you used it for the good of others?
What does it mean to be a steward of God's grace? Have you been a good or bad steward? Why?
How does this passage challenge or change your motivation for ministry?
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