In light of the fact that Christ’s return is imminent, and therefore our time here on this earth is brief, in this message from 1 Peter chapter 4, Pastor Scott shares with us 4 ways we should be responding to trials and suffering in our lives.
We all face troubles. That’s just part of the human experience! How should we respond? So many people respond with anger, bitterness and discouragement when things don’t go their way. But, that’s not what God wants! In the new Testament book of 1 Peter, we find some godly advice and wisdom given to people, like us, who were facing some serious troubles of their own. Pastor Scott continues his sermon series on the book of 1 Peter, where we learn just how our responses to trials can actually be a source of joy – if we respond in a way that pleases God!
It wasn't easy being a Christian during the Roman domination of the first century. Many believers were martyred for their refusal to renounce their faith in Jesus. While Christ's followers in America don't have to worry about being crucified or beheaded, there are Christians around the world today who pay the ultimate price for standing up for their faith! Peter's words of encouragement are there for all followers of Christ today who face the difficulties of living for Jesus in the culture they live in. Pastor Scott begins his summer preaching series today on the book of 1 Peter entitled "Victorious Living."