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1 Peter 4 - NIV

Living for God

1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.

2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.

3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.

4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.

5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.

8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Suffering for Being a Christian

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.

16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

18 And,

“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[a]

19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.


a. 1 Peter 4:18 Prov.?11:31 (see Septuagint)

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Summary: 1 Peter 4
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:7-10
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Shared by: Jerry Cosper on Jan, 2017
Summary: Where in the Bible does talk about Jesus descending to hell to preach to the people and what exactly does it mean?
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Shared by: Dean Rhine on Nov, 2016
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Shared by: Derrick Tuper on Oct, 2016
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Shared by: Pat Damiani on Aug, 2016
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Scripture: 1 Peter 4:1-11
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Shared by: Pat Damiani on Aug, 2016
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Shared by: Tony Fox on May, 2016
Summary: Peter wrote to the strangers scattered abroad because of religious persecution not to think it strange when the fiery trials come as though something strange happened to them. They were rather to rejoice in the trials that come their way.
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Shared by: Mike Fogerson on Apr, 2016
Summary: We are living in a unique time, like no other time before, when so many signs of the times are being manifested simultaneously.
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:7-8
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Shared by: Troy Borst on Mar, 2016
Summary: "You are a fundie Bible thumping mentally retarded crutch needing holy rolling homo-hating dirt IQ close-minded backwards thinking ignoramoose God loving hypocrite." You believe in Jesus? Jesus, Paul, and Peter says you will face opposition to your faith.
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Shared by: Andrew Corbett on Mar, 2016
Summary: The believer's relationship to their local church depends upon whether they see their church service as the place where they arrive empty and expect to leave full, or arrive full and expect to leave empty.
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Shared by: Troy Borst on Mar, 2016
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Shared by: Troy Borst on Mar, 2016
Summary: The pattern of this world is temptation, sin, repeat and has been so ever since the Garden of Eden. Jesus has died for us and has broken that pattern for us and offers us a new pattern for life.
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Shared by: Perry Greene on Feb, 2016
Summary: The sermon is based on 1 Peter 4.1-11. In addition to receiving the gifts of salvation and the Spirit, God has given us the gift of TIME. As all of His gifts, we are to be good stewards and correctly use the time we have been given.
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Shared by: Mike Dankson on Feb, 2016
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Shared by: Stephen Brown on Jan, 2016
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Views: 1,170
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Shared by: Stephen E. Trail on Jan, 2016
Summary: In this message we are seeking to correct some misinformation concerning the true nature of trials.
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Shared by: Kevin L. Jones on Nov, 2015
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Shared by: Kevin L. Jones on Nov, 2015
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Shared by: Kevin L. Jones on Nov, 2015
Summary: Examining the change that the believer has received because of Christ's work at Calvary.
Series: 1 Peter
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Scripture: 1 Peter 4:10
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Shared by: Archie Norman on Aug, 2015
Summary: Clear or Confused
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:12-19
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Shared by: Mark Mitchell on Aug, 2015
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Scripture: 1 Peter 4:7-5:8
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Shared by: Jeff Strite on Jul, 2015
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Shared by: Horace Wimpey on Jul, 2015
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Shared by: Greg Nance on Jun, 2015
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Shared by: Lonnie Erwin on Apr, 2015
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Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Apr, 2015
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