This outline continues a series preached in 2002. For the curious, these outlines don’t look much like what I actually took to the pulpit. Those notes were color coded and heavily abbreviated, usually fitting on roughly one side of a single letter-sized sheet of paper. I often found that my desire to communicate with the people in the room made it difficult to actually read complex sentences. If I was going to speak extemporaneously, the notes had to be of the sort I could take in with quick glances. Of course, if you preach the text, you always have most of your structure and content right there.
Intro (1 Pet.1:5-9)
who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. (NKJV, 1 Peter 1:5–9)
Like most people, I’ve never much liked going to dentists. On one occasion I had a particularly bad cavity. In addition to the usual work in that situation, an old filling had to come out, too. That meant lots of drilling. Before we were half way through, I just wanted to call the whole thing off. “See ya!”
Some truths came to mind that kept me in the chair: “This will hurt more if it isn’t fixed.” Then there was, “The worst is over. It’s all better from here,” and of course, the old standby, “It’ll be over soon.”
Similarly, some portions of Scripture are given to us mainly to keep us going when things get painful. 1 Peter 1:5-9 is one of them. We know believers’ struggle with suffering is the context, because of the last part of verse 6: “you have been grieved by various trials.”
In this study, we’ve seen that we are strangers—displaced, beloved and born again. Peter now transitions to life as we know it, connecting who we are to what we experience. Read more about Keep Going - 1 Peter 1:5-9