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.
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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