Trials that Test
Main point: Let us stand firm for His grace concerning this great salvation we have received.
Let us remember God is strengthening our faith through our trials and sufferings
Let us praise God for the enormous privileges we have as New Testament believers in Christ.
Where is your joy? Where are we tempted to place it things other than the gospel?
How have past (or present) trials shown you the genuineness of your faith?
How does this opening section of Peter’s letter encourage you to praise God for all he has done concerning this salvation?
1 Peter 1:6-12
6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. (ESV)