In May of 2011 we began walking through the book of 1st Peter. This letter was written approximately 30 years after the death of Jesus to encourage Christians in Asia Minor to stand firm in the grace of God in the midst of suffering, persecution and trials. He calls these Christians exiles because of the transforming work of God in their lives, giving them a new birth and identity in Christ.
We find this book to be particularly helpful to us in several ways. Peter reminds us that suffering, persecution, and hardship is actually normative for the Christian church. He reminds us that the spiritual work of God in the heart of the believer produces outward change that will cause Christians to be maligned and outcast by their friends, families, and fellow citizens. And he reminds us that as we set our hope on the grace to be revealed, God promises that he will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish the believer both in this day and the Day to come (1 Peter 5:10).
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