Christian on Trial – Week 2

1 Peter 1:3-9
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

What are some of the trials these Christians were facing? What are some of the trials we face?

  • Verbal
  • Physical
  • Financial
  • Relational
  • Marital
  • Children
  • Spiritual

What we FEEL

Verse 6: In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials
The Bible considers our emotions.

Mark 12:29-30
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: `Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart [sincerity/truth] and with all your soul [emotions] and with all your mind [intelligence] and with all your strength.”

How did they feel? They felt grieved.

Verse 6, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.”

We know that the Bible says that even Jesus Christ suffered. He also felt grief, and pain, and sorrow, and hunger, and deserted and despised…

Isaiah 53:3
“He [Jesus] was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”

What we DO

Verse 6: In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials

We can respond to trial in two ways.
We can respond negatively by:

Judging God
But God, I thought you loved me? I thought you were good.

Envying others
I wish I had his wife, or her husband, or her body, or  family like theirs, or kids like theirs

Self-pity
You become the center of your life. It’s not about God or others, it’s all about you and how you feel, and what you want

Turning to a ‘functional saviour’
Drugs, alcohol, entertainment, gambling, crazy spending etc.

Or we can respond with rejoicing!

Ten reasons s to rejoice:

1. Because of God’s great mercy
1 Peter 1:3
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”

2. Because I have been born again
1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”

3. Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ
1 Peter 1:3
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”

4. Because of the eternal inheritance I have
1 Peter 1:4
“…and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you…”

5. Because my inheritance is kept safe in heaven
1 Peter 1:4
“…and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you…”

6. Because I am shielded by God’s power
1 Peter 1:5
“…who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time”

7. Because I will only suffer for a little while
1 Peter 1:6
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials”

8. Because my faith is of greater value than gold
1 Peter 1:7
“These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed”

9.  Because I love God
1 Peter 1:8
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy…”

10. Because I believe in God
1 Peter 1:8
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy…”

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~ by jakesolivier on April 7, 2009.

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