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 Peter talks about Christian suffering  Persecution  Examples  Lightening Rod Issues  Why is there Persecution?  Peter Focuses on Christian Persecution.

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2  Peter talks about Christian suffering  Persecution  Examples  Lightening Rod Issues  Why is there Persecution?  Peter Focuses on Christian Persecution  Is it Fair?  Final Thoughts  Summary

3 Peter Talks About Christian Suffering

4  “In this rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith….may be found to result in praise and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6-7  “Servants be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is the gracious thing, when mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.” 1 Peter 2:18-19

5  “…But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow his steps…[he] did not revile in return…[he] did not threaten, but continued to entrust himself to him who judges justly.” 1 Peter 2:20-23  “Likewise, wives be subject to your husbands, so that even if they do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respect and pure conduct.” 1 Peter 3:1-2

6  “Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9

7  “But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord of holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and respect,…so that, when you are slandered those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” 1 Peter 3:13-16  “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God,….” 1 Peter 3:18

8  “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.” 1 Peter 4:1-2

9  Trials/suffering develops/perfects Christians  Having God’s mind means to do good and graciously endure sorrows even even when circumstances are unjust (bosses, husbands etc.)  Do not retaliate but bless  Suffering leads to God’s blessing  Suffering may give the opportunity to share the hope that is in us (witness) and thereby put to shame wrong doers

10  One particular type of suffering the Christian faces, is persecution for their Christian beliefs  Persecution defined: to continually harass so as to distress or injure, oppress cruelly, especially for reasons of religion, politics or race

11 Top 10 countries for anti Christian violence (destruction of churches, beatings, abductions, rapes, arrests, forced marriages, etc.); Nigeria, Syria, Egypt, Central African Republic, Mexico, Pakistan, Columbia, India, Kenya, Iraq. 85% of Christians killed around the world are from these countries Middle Eastern Countries: intimidation, arrests, imprisonments, forced conversions and demolishment of churches Islamic State ultimatum: Christians in Mosel (Iraq): convert to Islam, pay an unaffordable tax, leave the area or be killed. When they left, they were made to give up everything except the clothes on their backs. Many beheaded or crucified. Iraq, Syria, Lebanon….. China: Churches destroyed, intimidation, arrests, etc.

12  Denmark: New law; churches must conduct gay marriages  Sweden: Midwife fired for not performing abortions  Great Britain: Christians have lost jobs for not supporting gay marriage. David Burrows, member of parliament, became a target of death threats, his kids bullied at school for his conservative Christian positions

13  Mike Adams, acclaimed professor of criminology at UNCW denied full professorship because he expressed his Christian beliefs  Christian students/staff regularly harassed and penalized on University campuses for Christian beliefs  Christian business, forced to accept social mores: Jack Philips, Colorado baker; Baronelle Stutzman, florist; Anthony Hahn, Conestoga(cabinet maker)

14  In local schools:  Right to assemble  Free speech (what you wear, write and say)  Prayer  At Work:  Bias against religious values; employers less likely to respond when resumes contain religious content  Pray before eating  Getting Help:  Alliance Defending Freedom, American Center For Law and Justice, American Family Association

15  Abel  OT prophets  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego  Daniel  John the Baptist  Jesus  Stephen  Foxes’ Book of Martyrs

16  Anything related to the Christian God; his role as Creator, his holiness, sovereignty, love, standards, gift of salvation  Prayer  Same sex marriage  Abortion  The God/Man Jesus Christ

17  Result of sin  Rejection of God and His values  Christians worship the Creator rather than the created  Satan hates Christ and His work of salvation  Satan hates Christians; those who bear the name of Christ  Part of God’s plan

18 Peter Focuses on Christian Persecution

19 12. Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.

20 17. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18. And if the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 19. Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

21 12. Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  Trials are/persecution is normal, nothing to be surprised about  Trials can be tough “fiery”

22 13. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.  Share Christ’s sufferings  Not the atoning sufferings  The same kind of sufferings he endured as a man; -Hatred, scorn, wounds because of what he stood for -Suffer the things the ungodly would like to do to Christ today

23 13. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.  Rejoice because you are worthy to be persecuted for Jesus  “and when they called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. And every day…they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” Acts 5:40-42

24 13. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.  Share Christ’s sufferings now  Rejoice when suffering ends when Jesus returns in glory  “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18

25 14. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.  The insulted Christian is blessed with a special presence of the Holy Spirit  Jesus’ baptism; “…the Spirit of God descending like a dove and resting on him” Matthew 3:17  Jesus; “Blessed are those who are persecute for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven…. Matthew 5:10-12

26 15. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.  There is no value/glory in suffering for doing that which is wrong  But suffering for being a Christian brings glory to God

27 17. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18. And if the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”  God is in the purifying business, Christians first  Pity those who have not been privileged to be purified  “scarcely saved”= Christian life is very tough

28 19. Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good  Suffer according to God’s will; that is, for doing good, being persecuted for Christian beliefs  Commit yourself to your faithful, loving God

29  “You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out to the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?” Romans 9:19-21  “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2

30  “Humble yourselves, therefore under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him for he cares for you. Be sober –minded, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:6-10

31  “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated since you also are in the body.” Hebrews 13:3  Do not be ashamed or separate yourselves from the persecuted, but care for them  “Remembering” implies active response to needs  “In the body” means in this world or the church

32  Don’t be surprised by suffering and persecution  When you suffer, do not retaliate but bless  Rejoice because you are sharing in the sufferings of Christ; you will be blessed  Humble yourself, God is in control, he will judge justly and exalt you in due time  Entrust your souls to God and do what is right  Persecution results in a special blessing from the Holy Spirit  Boldly being a Christian brings glory to God  Persecution may be God’s will/his best for you  Actively support those who are persecuted

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