Rejoicing in Trials (1 Peter 1:1-12)
Part of the All In - Tested By Fire series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
1 Peter 1:1–12 (Listen)
1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:
May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 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. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
All In - Tested By Fire
Rejoicing in Trials
I Peter 1:1-12
How do you deal with trials?
Trials - opportunities to refine our faith, reveal our hearts and validate
His purpose in our lives-
Trials are: Inevitable, Challenging and Directional
*so the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, maybe found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ vs. 7
*You are those who have stood by Me in my trials…Luke 22:28
*You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time, serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trails which came upon me through the plots of the Jews; how I did not shrink back…..Acts 20:18b-20
*Consider it all joy, my brethren, when encounter various trials….
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 12,12
Journey into the fire-
I. Living Hope in Jesus - vs.3-4
*We are born again through Jesus and live in pursuit of Him-
II. Protected by His power - vs.5-6
*We are equipped to encounter various trials to bring exclusive glory to Jesus-
III. Proof of our faith - vs.7
*We are burned by trials but find our assurance in His ultimate revelation-
IV. Inexpressible joy - vs.8
*We are designed to love Him and live life connected to grace and glory-
Will you journey into the fire?