Serve In God’s Strength, Not Yours

1 Peter 4:10–11


In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that when we speak, we speak in God’s power, and when we serve, we serve in his strength.

Principle for Bible Reading

Mine Within the Context First

Cross-referencing and making connections to other passages enriches Bible study. We need to make connections, but we also need to be careful to import other passages into the one we are studying before we have given the passage itself its proper due.

The problem with moving all over the Bible too quickly is that we can miss what the particular author wanted to communicate. In many cases the author could have brought in other passages or made connections but that might not have been his point.

Cross-reference and do word searches, but let each author speak for himself without making a collage of other passages too quickly.

Study Questions

  1. When you serve others with your gifts, whose strength do you tend to rely on? Who tends to get the glory when others’ are helped by you?
  2. How is the relationship between God’s grace, Christian gifts, and others in 1 Peter 4:10–11?
  3. What might it mean practically to serve in God’s strength, as opposed to your own (1 Peter 4:11)? How can you apply the distinction this week?