The Persecuted Encouraged (15 of 20) by Richard Laue

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The Persecuted Encouraged (15 of 20)
Richard Laue
I Peter 3:13-17
May 25, 1997

All people in all the world suffer. For ages men have asked, "Why do the righteous suffer?" A few years ago a Rabbi wrote a book entitled, WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE? He made a mint on that book. Over and over again we question why we are forced to endure difficult situations. "Why me, Lord?"

Parents and friends are still asking, "Where was God when my son was killed in Viet Nam?"

After eight long years we are still asking, "Why Luke? Our grandson Luke?" He only lived eighteen months. He was snatched away overnight. A few days ago we stood at his grave again and wondered, and again we wept. We felt again the bitter cold as we laid his little body to rest beneath the winter snow.

I know better than to ask, "Why?" but I ask it just the same. The question should never be, "Why?" when we speak to the Lord. It should always be, "Whatever."

Eight years ago I wrote on the flyleaf of my Bible Paul's words to Timothy in II Timothy 4:11... "Luke is with me."

* I Peter is about salvation.
* I Peter is about service.
* I Peter is about submission.
* I Peter is about suffering.

There are thirteen specific references to suffering in I Peter. There is more about suffering in I Peter than there is about salvation. There is more about suffering in I Peter than there is about service. There is more about suffering than there is about submission.

From here on in I Peter, suffering will be reappearing. In fact, four out of the last six messages will deal with suffering.

It is appropriate on this Memorial Day weekend that we consider suffering.

Today I would like to give you an overview of suffering in I Peter. Suffering is what the pilgrims of the Dispersion found in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.

Turn in your Bible to chapter 1 and consider verses 3-7. Peter wrote to the pilgrims and said, "You have been grieved by various trials." He sa ...

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