The Truth About Trials (1 Peter 1:1-7)Pastor Justin Pratt, July 5, 2017
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Wednesday Evening service
Trials and tribulations, true Biblical suffering, are inevitable. It doesn't matter what the slick haired preacher on your TV says, as a Christian, you WILL experience suffering and heartache. It's not a question of if, but a matter of when.
So the real questions are why do we encounter them, and how do we deal with them? Once you realize the great truths surrounding trials, you might just change the way you approach them.
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1 Peter 1:1-7
1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: (KJV)