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Faith for Tough Times (8 of 8)
Series: Facing Life with Faith
I Peter 1:1-7
I want to invite you to turn in your Bible to I Peter 1:1. We are going to talk today about "Faith For Tough Times." Are you going through any tough times? I know in a crowd such as this there are bound to be many people who are going through all kinds of tough times, difficult times. And that is when our faith is really tested. This is the last in a series of messages about "Facing Life With Faith."
These believers were going through tough times. When Peter wrote and said you may have to go through some trials for a little while that may have been the understatement for the New Testament. At this time, Nero had burned Rome and blamed the Christians for it. Christians were being cast to the lions at the coliseum; they were being forced to fight the Gladiators in the arena. They were being doused with oil and set on fire as human torches in Nero's gardens. They were being denied jobs, going through financial difficulties. All kinds of pressures because of being a believer in Jesus Christ. And in the midst of these tough times, Peter writes to encourage their faith and to tell them that these tough times, these trials is the refining of their faith as gold is refined. And he gives them four things I want to share with you. And I want to share these with you as an encouragement to your faith if you are going through tough times right now.
I. GOD HAS CHOSEN YOU TO BE A PART OF HIS FAMILY
Number one if you are going through tough times, remember that God has chosen you to be a part of His family. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, look at the last part of verse 2 it says, "dear friends, God the Father chose you long ago and knew you would become His children." The Good News version says you were chosen according to the purpose of God. And the last part of this in the Living Bible says, "for it is His boundless mercy that has given us the privi ...
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