As teenagers, it can be challenging to stay true to our faith amidst the many struggles we face in school, social media, and other aspects of our lives. However, living as witnesses for Christ is vital to our growth and walk in faith. In 1 Peter 3:13-22, Peter encourages us to stand firm in our faith, even when we suffer for doing what is right. This reminder is relevant and essential for teenagers as we strive to live out our faith and grow closer to Christ.
Bible Reading #1: 1 Peter 3:13-17
“Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!”
- Peter encourages us to not fear suffering for doing the right thing.
- We can find peace when we trust God and focus on worshipping Him.
- We should always be ready to share our faith gently and respectfully.
- Living a good life as a believer can silence critics.
Youth Group Discussion Questions
1. Have you ever feared persecution for your beliefs? How can Peter’s words give you comfort?
2. How can you show worship to Christ in your daily life (in school, at home, with friends, etc.)?
3. In what ways can you share your faith gently and respectfully? Do you have any personal examples?
4. How can living a good life as a believer show others the love of Christ?
Bible Reading #2: 1 Peter 3:18-22
“Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. So he went and preached to the spirits in prison— those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers are bowing before him.”
- Jesus suffered for our sins and through His resurrection, brought us to God.
- In this passage, Peter mentions how Jesus preached to disobedient spirits, imprisoned after their misdeeds during Noah’s time.
- Baptism is a response to God’s call to be clean, and it signifies our renewed relationship with Him through Christ.
Youth Group Discussion Questions
1. How did Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross bring us closer to God?
2. What do you think was the significance of Jesus preaching to disobedient spirits?
3. What does baptism symbolize in your faith journey?
4. How has your relationship with God been renewed through Christ, and what steps have you taken to respond to God’s call?
Youth Group Game
To reinforce the lesson’s themes, we can play a game called “Stand Strong.” In this game, two teams stand on opposite ends of the room, and one person from each team approaches the middle. The leader reads scenarios that challenge the players’ faith, and they must take a step forward if the scenario would make them stand strong in their beliefs or a step backward if it would weaken their stance. The first person to touch the other team’s wall wins a point for their team. The game ends when everyone has had a chance to play.
Thank you for reminding us that it’s worth standing firm in our faith, even when we face hardships and struggles. Help us to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross, and strengthen our resolve to honor You in all aspects of our lives. May we continue to grow closer to You as we reflect on Your word and apply it to our daily living.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.