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That Fiery Trial (12 of 13)
Series: The Book of Peter
I Peter 4:12-19 (vs. 12)
INTRODUCTION: Peter is writing this letter to persecuted saints. And when I think of persecution in relationship to Christians, I can't help but think of Solomon's words, "There is no new thing under the sun." Persecution has been part of the Christian's life ever since Jesus died on the cross--He set the example. In I Peter 2:21, we are reminded; For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.
Jesus said, Whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:27).
Then again, in John 15:20, Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
This evening, I would like for us to consider three things:
I. The Certainty of Our Trials
II. Our Attitude in Midst of Trials
III. God's Chastening in Trials
I. THE CERTAINTY OF OUR TRIALS (VS. 12)
A. They will come (vs. 12a)
1. No one is exempt from Christian suffering—it
comes to all of us. Sooner or later we will all experience things in our lives that will threaten to defeat us and undermine our faith. This is when we need to be determined more than ever before that we will not be moved. 1 Cor. 15:58 says, Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. We need to be like the writer said in the old gospel song, Just like a tree planted by the water, I shall not be moved."
a. A brief point: If we know trials are coming,
shouldn't we prepare? We may not know the day or the hour, but one thing is for certain, trials will come. So then, what to do? This is what we do: Keep our faith strong, and kno ...
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