"THE PRIVILEGE OF SUFFERING"
1 Peter 3:13-22
March 22, 1992
Tonight we are entering the last major section of the book
of 1 Peter:
The Power of Salvation (1:1-2:12)
The Power of Submission (2:13-3:12)
The Power of Suffering (3:13-5:14)
The process is salvation, submission, and then suffering. I
want us to go directly to the message tonight on, "The Privilege
I. THE PRIVILEGE OF SUFFERING. (vs. 13-14)
These Christians were suffering for their faith in Jesus
Christ. Some were facing the possibility of losing their
lives. In this context God tells them the following:
"Who" - who? which? what?
"Harm" - treat in an ill manner.
"Prove zealous" - become zealous for doing good.
* What or who can harm you if you want to do
But even if you should be acted upon or suffer on account
of doing good or right, then you are to be happy about
it. (Suffering is a blessing)
* Do not be frightened by their fearless tactics
upon you and do not be stirred up or troubled
by what they do to you.
Why are you called upon to have this response?
Because it is a privilege to suffer.
Whatever you go through in life, any kind of suffering,
God says it is a blessing for you.
Whenever people revile you, persecute you, make fun
of you for loving Jesus, it is a blessing for you.
* Matthew 5:10-12
II. THE PROCESS OF SUFFERING. (vs. 15-17)
Suffering is a process. (God wants to destroy the outer
man so the inner man can flow through you.)
When you go through suffering you are to say and do
1. "Christ, You are Lord!" ...
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