Learning to Rejoice in Hard Times

1. We need to learn to rejoice in the paradox of our trials. 1 Peter 1:6

A. Trials are distressing.

B. Trials are varied.

C. Trials test us.

D. Trials are an opportunity for rejoicing.

E. Trials are temporary.

F. Trials are of God.

2. We need to focus on the purpose of our trials. 1 Peter 1:7-9

A. God gives trials so that the genuineness of our faith can be demonstrated. 1 Peter 1:7

B. God gives trials so that the quality of our faith can be purified. 1 Peter 1:7; 1 Corinthians 10:13

C. God gives trials so that our love for God and our belief in him can be strengthened. 1 Peter 1:8-9; John 20:29

3. We need to understand the significance of our trials. 1 Peter 1:10-12

 A. The prophets were searching for this. 1 Peter 1:10-12

B. The angels desired to see this. 1 Peter 1:12


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