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1. We Don't Belong Here (1 Peter 1:1-2)

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1 Peter: Suffering Precedes Glory (part one)

Following Christ is harder than it seems. Perhaps you were misled to believe that Christianity would make life happy and easy. Or maybe you knew it would have its challenges, but you couldn't predict the extent or direction of the difficulties. The Apostle Peter had similar experiences. He wrote a letter to disillusioned Christians who had grown aware that Christianity is harder than they expected. Peter reminds us that we are strangers in a hostile land. To survive this temporary journey, we must maintain an eternal perspective. Glory awaits us in heaven, but this life is filled with hardship for Christ's followers. Suffering precedes glory. If you didn't expect this, you should have looked more carefully at the life of Christ before following Him.

Related Topics: Basics for Christians, Glory, Spiritual Life, Suffering, Trials, Persecution