Anyone who lives by faith will tell you that, sooner or later, trials and suffering will come. What happens when relationships fill with pressure to compromise our faith, or when leaders doubt, discriminate against or deny our new lives and calling in Christ. How should we respond to suffering for faith?
1 Peter, this first of two letters, shares vital perspectives on God’s noble purposes in suffering. Peter assures believers that they are not forgotten. God’s grace secures our salvation, even in our darkest days.
Our new lives in Christ come with power to trust God’s will. We can choose to live God's way with hope and in harmony with other believers. This attitude of Christ gives the world an up-close view of the gospel at work.
This 2-week study equips us to live for Jesus. Peter says not to be surprised if our lives include suffering. These situations grow our spiritual muscles. God delights to use the godly lives of His people to draw enemies of Jesus into love and faith in Him. Will you trust God to lead you through your struggles? How might Peter’s teaching enable you to respond to pressures and suffering by pursuing peace with compassion and love?
Develop a weekly routine and daily rhythm of engaging with the Bible.
Take time to develop a deeper understanding of the passage and consider how it applies to your everyday life.
Dig deeper into the text using purpose-made content from a network of trusted scholars.
Expand your grasp of each passage with Bible teaching and storytelling that offer additional insights and action points.
As part of our group study experience, meet together to ask questions and share what you're learning with fellow members in a weekly Group Gathering.