Be All In

Series: The Foreigners | Week 4: How to Make a Difference

Read 1 Peter 3:18-4:2

1. What phrases do you see in verse 18 that show Jesus was both human and God?
2. What is the purpose of baptism, according to verse 21?
3. How are we supposed to model Christ (4:1-2)?

Peter continues his list of defining qualities of Christians by encouraging his readers to be “all in” and ready to endure. Being all in starts with baptism. Going under water doesn’t save us, but it expresses a response of faith that saves us. Just like Noah, we’re testifying that we trust in God’s promises even when they don’t make sense.

Ultimately, being all in and enduring means following the example of Jesus. As His followers, we can expect pain in this world. But we can also expect that our pain isn’t without purpose. When we endure, we’re developing deeper character that not only transforms us here and now, but can also make a difference for eternity.

How “all in” would you say you are when it comes to following Jesus? Are you willing to follow only to a point that avoids pain? Spend a few minutes in quiet reflection and prayer. Ask God to reveal where you’re holding back. Pray for courage to be all in and for a willingness to endure suffering for the sake of Christ.

Want to go deeper? Read Hebrews 12:1-3 for another perspective on what being all in and enduring means. What words or phrases stand out to you? What do you sense God asking you to do in response?

The Foreigners