August 17, 2012 – September 21, 2012
1 Peter & Christian Suffering
It is easy to identify suffering in our own lives and in our society. Medical diagnoses lead to physical suffering, lost jobs and poverty lead to economical suffering, prejudice leads to social and emotional suffering. Jesus promises that those who follow him will experience suffering. But how is Christian suffering or suffering for our faith different? How can we identify it? What should we do about it? In this Groundwork series we study the biblical book of 1 Peter to better understand discipleship, the suffering we can expect along the way, what that suffering looks like in different times and places, and how our faith helps us face it.
Episodes in this Series
August 17 , 2012
What's in It for Us?
The Gospel makes incredible promises to those who believe in and follow Jesus - grace, peace, joy, hope, and eternal life. Oh, and it promises one other thing here and now—suffering. Let's talk about what it really means to suffer for our faith.
August 24 , 2012
Do you ever wish you could go back in time to a joyous moment? Life isn't always easy, nor is following Christ, but Peter gives us the secret for forging through the tough times of discipleship.
August 31 , 2012
In His Steps
How can you learn to face suffering? Peter has one simple but very helpful suggestion: look at Jesus, and face it the way he did.
September 7 , 2012
Christians in Society
How are we as Christians are supposed to react when we are upset or feel cornered or when we meet opposition to our beliefs? Let's talk about the advice we receive in 1 Peter.
September 14 , 2012
How to Live in the End Times
Everyone suffers for their faith in Christ - whether you can clearly identify that suffering or not is a different story. So what is Christian suffering and how can we be ready for it?
September 21 , 2012
God, Jesus, & the Devil
How often do you think about the devil? In 1 Peter, as the apostle concludes his discussion of Christian suffering, he cautions believers about their very real enemy. But the story doesn't end with the devil.