Different – Part 1
Pastor Louis Johnson, November 12, 2017
Different Faith in Trials
(1 Peter 1:1 NLT) This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.
parepidēmois—exiles, sojourners, aliens, strangers, foreigners
(1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT) So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine…
How does God use your trials?
Trials reveal your faith.
(1 Peter 1:7 NLT)These trials will show that your faith is genuine…
(Luke 22:31-32) “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
(James 1:2-4) Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Trials draw you closer to God.
(1 Peter 1:8-9 NLT) You love [God] even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.