NextLevel Online: Exiles; A Study in 1 Peter

Session 5: 1 Peter 3:8-22 (Reflect Your Identity in Your Suffering)

Reflect Your Identity in Your Suffering


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline

Read 1 Peter 3:8-22

  • “Do not repay reviling for reviling, but on the contrary bless.”

4 Principles of Trust when Suffering

  • God will see us when we suffer
  • God will hear us when we suffer
  • God will bless us when we suffer
  • God will use us when we suffer

An Example from History: Noah

  • It was a time of darkness and rebellion
  • Few believed, and few were saved
  • Jesus is victorious over even the darkest of times


  • Baptism is an appeal to Jesus who alone can save you from your sin.

    • It is an appeal that can also be translated “pledge.”
    • It admits, “I need rescuing!”
    • Baptism is both a public dedication and a personal prayer.
  • Baptism is a powerful confession of our faith.

    • It looks back to Jesus’ death, burial resurrection.
    • It looks forward to our own physical death, burial, resurrection.
  • Baptism is a physical picture of a spiritual reality.

    • We proclaim our repentance and are washed.
    • We die to self and are raised to a new life in Christ (Rom 6)
  • Baptism is not an action, but a passive submission and participation.

    • We “are” baptized.
    • We cannot do this without Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
    • We cannot do this without the church.

Read: Acts 2:38-40

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