Occupied with Suffering

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What is a Christ-centered perspective on our suffering?

That question was the focus of my message, “Occupied with Suffering,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church as I continued our series, “Exiles: A Study of 1 Peter.” Suffering is a theme of Peter’s letter, but he brings it into sharp focus with 1 Peter 4:12-19 by exploring the significance and approach to suffering because of our faith as disciples of Jesus Christ.

You can watch the message here or subscribe to our audio podcast, following along with the outline below. You can also view the entire series at our web-site.

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The Christ-centered Perspective on our Suffering (1 Peter 4:12-13)

Unsurprised by suffering

The joy of participation in Christ’s sufferings

The glory to be revealed


The Christ-centered Reason for our Suffering (1 Peter 4:14-16)

The Holy Spirit in our suffering

The wrong reasons for suffering

The right reasons for suffering


The Final Judgment and our Suffering (1 Peter 4:17-18)

Judgment and God’s house

Judgment and those outside God’s house


The Practical Approach to our Suffering (1 Peter 4:19)

According to God’s will

Relying on God’s faithfulness

Continuing to do good

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