January 22: Suffering Yet Rejoicing (1 Peter 1:3-9)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Josh Herring will continue a series on spiritual disciplines at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
1 Peter 1:3-9
3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, ihe has caused us to be born again to a living hope jthrough the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4) to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5) who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6) In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7) so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8) Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9) obtaining wthe outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Peter is writing to churches in exile who were facing great hardship and challenge. As you remember, he began his letter reminding them of their identity as chosen by God, sanctified by the Spirit and cleansed in the atoning death of Jesus. They were benefactors of a Triune salvation. Peter continues to show how the hope of this salvation to be revealed strengthens the exiles who are presently weighed down with discouragement from suffering. Like us, many were struggling to understand how suffering relates to the promises of the gospel and the reigning of Jesus at the right hand of the Father. Instead of commiserating with them over their struggles, he calls them to worship and give thanks to God for his great mercy. So how can we live with hope during challenges? We face our present sufferings by rejoicing in the reality of our future hope, grounded in his past mercy of Jesus crucified and raised on the third day.
Review and Apply
What is the basis of our salvation (vs.3)?
How does the resurrection provide a basis for a living hope? What other objects of hope did you turn to this past week?
How can we understand the inheritance in heaven that is kept for the Christian?
Why is it not wrong to think about rewards in heaven?
What does Peter explain about the nature of suffering in 6-7?
How has suffering in your life revealed and refined your faith?
What advice have people given you in times of trial?
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