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June 13 - 19

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Franklin, TN 37064 United States

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Sunday June 13, 2021 | Faithful in Hard Times

The Bible says Christians will suffer for following Jesus. Peter encouraged believers who faced persecution for their faith. Through suffering, God can make us more like His Son. Jesus gives us hope and true life so we can live joyfully for Him, even in hard times.

  • Bible Passage: 1 Peter 1–2
  • Story Point: Peter encouraged believers who faced persecution.
  • Key Passage: 2 Peter 1:3
  • Big Picture Question: How does the Holy Spirit help Christians? The Holy Spirit comforts us, shows us our sin, and guides us as we live for God’s glory.

In the early church, Jesus’ followers faced persecution. The disciples told others about Jesus, but some people did not like what they were saying. Those people mistreated the believers because of their faith, and many believers were forced to leave their homes and go to different cities.

Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, wrote a letter to encourage them. Peter was a leader in the church, and he wanted to help these believers be faithful in hard times.

Peter said, “Praise God! He is merciful and has given us new life. We have hope because of Jesus, whom God raised from the dead.” Peter reminded believers that because we are children of God, we have blessings in heaven that cannot be taken away or destroyed. We rejoice in this promise, even though we face suffering in this life. When hard times happen, God is honored as we trust Him by faith.

Peter also wrote, “Hope in Jesus and be holy. God is your Father; live in a way that shows Him respect.” Peter reminded the believers that before they trusted in Jesus, they lived however they wanted. Jesus gave His life to save them so they could have a better life—true life through His Word.

Peter said, “This world is not your home. Do not live like people around you who do wrong things. Instead, do what is good. Live as servants of God. Show love and respect to everyone. Others will see your good works and give glory to God.”

Jesus gave us an example to follow. He suffered for us, dying for our sins so that we could live for what is right. Before, we were like lost sheep. Now Jesus is our Shepherd.

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The Bible says Christians will suffer for following Jesus. Peter encouraged believers who faced persecution for their faith. Through suffering, God can make us more like His Son. Jesus gives us hope and true life so we can live joyfully for Him, even in hard times.

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  • Peter encouraged believers who faced persecution.
  • How does the Holy Spirit help Christians? The Holy Spirit comforts us, shows us our sin, and guides us as we live for God’s glory.

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