Sermon Study - 1 Peter 1:6-9

August 26, 2013

by Jeff Breeding

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“Rejoicing in the Midst of Grief” from 1 Peter 1:6-9. You can listen to the sermon here.

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The Christian life is joy in the midst of grief. The normal experience of the believer is both rejoicing and grieving, often at the same time. We grieve because the trials are real and painful, but more than that, we rejoice because of the great salvation we have in Christ. We rejoice because of God’s purpose for those trials. And we rejoice because the end result is eternal glory with God himself.

So, the Christian lives with this ever-present tension. On the one hand, we rejoice in the salvation that is to come. But on the other hand, we are grieved by all sorts of trials. Salvation and suffering, rejoicing and grieving – this is the tension of the Christian life. The question then becomes, “How do we live with this tension?” Peter addresses that tension by reminding us that the Christian must live by faith, not by sight.

For Further Study

  1. In verses 6-7, Peter talks about God’s purpose for our trials. Compare these verses with 2 Peter 1:3-8 and James 1:2-4. What do these passages teach us about God’s purpose for our trials? What do these passages teach us about perseverance?
  2. Considering the above question, how does the biblical teaching on perseverance change your perspective on trials and suffering?
  3. Read Hebrews 4:14-16 and 12:1-2. What do these passages teach about Christ’s work for his people? What did he accomplish for us? How does this affect our effort to persevere in the face of suffering?

For Personal Reflection

  1. How does the value of tested faith encourage you to persevere when you face trials?
  2. How does God’s purpose in our trials reveal his goodness? What difference does that make for you in the midst of suffering?
  3. Take a moment to think about someone you know who is currently facing trials. How can you encourage that person with the truths from 1 Peter 1:6-9? Ask God to use you to encourage him or her this week.

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