Facing Suffering

—Living as a Christian in the Real World

  • Andrew Fountain – Dec 3, 2017

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Facing Suffering

To learn from Peter how to respond in the face of suffering
so that we will be better equipped.

1 Peter 2:19–21

  1. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.
  2. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.
  3. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.

1 Peter 4:12,13

  1. Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
  2. But rejoice in the degree that you have shared in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice and be glad.
  3. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory, who is the Spirit of God, rests on you.

1 Peter 1:1,17; 2:11

  1. From Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those exiles (in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, the province of Asia, and Bithynia) who are chosen
  2. And if you call on him as Father, the one who impartially judges according to each one’s work, live out the time of your exile here in reverence.
  3. Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul,


  1. 1 Peter seems to be full of suffering
  2. Whenever Peter talks about suffering, he talks about glory
  3. Tasting Glory today

1 Peter 1:1-13, 2:9

2 Corinthians 4:6-18

1 Peter 1:1-13, 2:9

What about us?

  • Maybe you are facing suffering right now
  • Maybe this week you will have some rough moments
  • All of us need a taste of glory to take us through
  • Pray that God will give you some kind of experience of heaven
    • that will totally transform you, as it did Peter
    • so you will consider the glory to come as even more real than the present world around you!