"Suffering in the Margins" 1 Peter 1:6-9 (Life in the Margins)

A key distinctive in the letter of 1 Peter and life in the margins is suffering. As Jesus said in John 16:33, "In this world you will have tribulation." This week we will take a look at the Christian life of suffering and discover why it is a gift from God that is to be embraced. Without purpose, it can seem like endless torture. It's the "gift" that no one wants. However, in perspective, suffering remains one of God's most effective tools to form our souls. This is the beautiful reality that Paul called "the fellowship of His suffering" and it leads us into an intimacy with Jesus that nothing else will.