Are You a Passive Christian?

1 Peter 5:7–9

In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that God cares for, saves, and protects his people, and that his people need to be alert, active, and aggressive against Satan and sin.

Principle for Bible Reading

What Did Jesus Do

When pondering the question, “How then shall we live?” the Scriptures are our obvious roadmap. But when we hear a command from God and wonder how we can practically apply it, we can be enlightened by asking how Jesus obeyed it.

How Jesus obeyed commands and how we ought to might not always be the same (because he is God and we are not). But thinking about Jesus’s life and how he fulfilled commands can help us gain clarity on how to do likewise. Searching for intersections between what God expects of us and Jesus’s life gets us thinking more about his amazing life (as opposed to merely about principles to obey), and inclines us to give glory to the God-man for his perfect obedience on our behalf.

Study Questions

  1. In what ways does God fight for us? Does this mean that we merely sit back and let him fight for us?
  2. How does Peter say we should response to God’s care in 1 Peter 5:7–9?
  3. How can you be more active in resisting the devil this week?