Standing Firm in the Grace of God When Life is Hard

Text: I Peter 4:12-19
Speaker: Matthew Seymour
Date: February 15, 2009

Today we will be looking at Peter’s words of encouragement to churches who have suffered persecution and who are going to suffer more intense trials. He writes to these churches to remind them of the grace of God and to call them to stand firm in it.

We may not face trials and suffering on the same level of physical intensity that our brothers and sisters do around the world. However there is a wider sense in which Peter’s words apply to every situation in our lives. We experience a trial any time when our faith is tested and proved true. We suffer when we feel the effects of sin in our work, relationships and our own bodies.

Peter wants to prepare these believers to stand firm in trials and suffering and so he gives them a ‘vaccination shot’ of a biblical theology of trials and suffering. Whether or not we are facing trials and suffering at this present moment, we need right thinking now so that we will respond with right responses in the future.

Posted on February 15th, 2009 | Permalink