Sermon Notes 2020 01 19 PM

January 19, 2020 PM

Dr. Michael Catt - 1940

#2 in series

Faith Under Fire
A PERSPECTIVE ON PERSECUTION
1 Peter 1:3-9

OVERVIEW
In light of the growing opposition to people of faith, and to Christianity in particular, how are we to live? For the  rst time in American history, Christianity is being rejected. The culture, the arts, politics, and education are increasingly resistant to believers having a verbal and vital faith. Should we just close our mouths and hope that Jesus will return soon? If we are called to be salt and light, how does that work in a secular society? Even in tough times, there are principles for living and growing in your faith. In the last message, we looked at our identity in Christ as strangers in this world, set apart, sancti ed, and sprinkled by His blood. Confidence in who we are emboldens our witness in the face of pressure and persecution.

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“We may conclude, that 1 Peter relates to a church that is suffering as New Testament Christians invariably did suffer.” – Andrew F. Walls

“In five instances the word (suffer) is applied to the passion of our Lord. In the others it is applied to the difficulties and persecutions of the Christians. The two sufferings, His and ours, although worlds apart from one point of view, are nevertheless closely related.” – Paul Rees

I. THE BACKGROUND BRINGS PERSPECTIVE

Peter has mentioned that they are aliens, scattered, but before he dives into the growing persecution, He reminds them of all they have in Christ. These are all doctrinal truths:

“Not to be born at all – that is by far the best fortune, the second best, as soon as one is born with all speed to return thither whence one has come.” – Sophocles

II. THE PERIOD OF TESTING

The Christian life is a paradox:

A) VARIOUS TRIAL

B) PURPOSEFUL TRIALS

C) PERMITTED TRIALS

“...trouble will do one of two things to you. It will sweeten you or sour you. I choose to let mine sweeten me. Out of the presence of pain, comes life's sweetest wine. The eyes that have shed no rain will give very little shine. You look at the people who have been through the valley and the furnace. You listen to the person who survived heartache. You look at the person whom you know that circumstances have shaken them, and they have come through on the other side. You see a person with character and depth. You see a person living beyond frivolous shadows. You see a person with meat in their lives.” – E. Stanley Jones

III. THE PRAISE TO COME