September 3 – 9

Weekly Reading for September 3 – 9

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: Stand Strong
Sermon Title: How to Build Lasting Relationships

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on September 10, 2023:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: Stand Strong
Sermon Title: How to Walk Through Fire
Delivered On: September 3, 2023


Memorize and Reflect

1 Peter 4:16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

Prayer Direction

Thank God for His compassion, mercy, and faithfulness. Thank Him for His great love for you and for Jesus' suffering and sacrifice for you. Ask for courage to continue to persevere in physical struggles, to remain steadfast in relational challenges, or to stand firm in spiritual battles.

“Live It!” Challenge

Bigger than Myself – Make learning about, praying for, and supporting our brothers and sisters in the Global Church, who are suffering persecution! Go to the Shoreline website this week to learn of the needs across the globe.

Small Group Discussion

  1. What is your experience with handling fire?

  2. Has there been a time in your life when you have suffered because of your faith in Jesus? (Hint: when someone treated you unfairly, judged you harshly, or caused some other anguish or pain because of your faith?)

  3. Read: 1 Peter 4:12-16. What might be some examples of suffering that Peter was referencing given the historical context of his letter to the churches ?

  4. What are some examples today of ways that Christians are suffering?

  5. Why do you think so many American Christians are surprised when they endure suffering because of their faith?

  6. Read: 1 Peter 4:17-18. How are these verses both reassuring and forewarning? How should this move us to see others who do not yet know Jesus in a different light?

  7. Read: 1 Peter 4:19. How does this verse help motivate and move you at the same time?

  8. What are some ways you can continue to “do good” as you think of others walking through fire and serving the global church?