Series: When The Going Gets Tough (1 of 10) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 20 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: Knowing What to Read
Series: When The Going Gets Tough
Stuart Briscoe
1 Peter 1:1-2

At some time in the early to mid 60's A.D., the Christians in Rome were persecuted. Peter, sensing that things were going to get worse, wrote this letter of instruction and encouragement to believers scattered around the empire.

I. The Significance of the Epistle. v. 1

A. The writer.
1. A changed man who exhibited authenticity.
a. "Thou are…Thou shalt be." John 1:42

2. A called man who exuded authority.
a. Apostle-foundation. Ephesians 2:20

3. A convinced man who expressed ability.
a. Conviction in the testimony. Matthew 13-17

b. Conviction in proclamation. Acts 2:36

B. The recipients.
1. Special to God-"elect."


Part 2: A Positive Attitude
Series: When The Going Gets Tough
Stuart Briscoe
1 Peter 1:3-5

Peter, living in the midst of trying circumstances with grave misgivings about the future, was able to maintain a positive attitude and encourage others to do likewise.

I. Desiring a Positive Attitude.

A. The tendency to negative attitudes. e.g. Mark 14:66-72
1. The enormity of the problem.

2. The difficulty of the solution.

3. The tendency to capitulate.

B. The necessity of positive attitudes.
1. In order to life as we ought.

2. In order to glorify God as we should.

3. In order to function as we desire.

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