Hope in Hard times

Last night I met with a group of adults who will be journeying through a Bible study called Vibrant Church.  Our first meeting was some introductory stuff, and then we walked through and discussed one of my favorite passages, 1 Peter 1:3-16.  This passage give me great comfort and encouragement, here were some of our thoughts.

v.3 “caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”  We have a “living” hope because of a “risen” Savior.  Our hope is found in the certainty of Jesus Christ rising from the dead.

v.4 “to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.”  Even in an economic nightmare our true inheritance is one that is not affected by government spending.  Inheritances are given to heirs.  We are heirs in Christ, and thus God calls us His children, and we can take part in the inheritance. 

v.6-7 “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  For some it is “necessary” that they face trials, but it is necessary so that their faith may praise God. 

v.12 “It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you.”  Just as the prophets realized that by proclaiming the Gospel they were serving generations to come, so we should have that big picture in mind.  We all were blessed by someone that was obedient to God, and they shared with us.  Now it is our turn to continue building into the kingdom, as we share with those around us.

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