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This sermon was preached on March 10, 2021 during our Wednesday evening Bible Study.

Soldiers Suffer for Greater Purposes         I Peter 4:1-6

No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.                                          -John 15:13

Christ’s suffering _______________________ victory over death                                                                                               V. 1a

Believers have a ‘___________________________ death’ to sin, resolving to serve Christ not sin                                     V. 1b

Believers are called to a ‘____________________ death’ to sin, redeeming their time                                                                V. 2-3

Unbelievers need to turn to God ____________ their own death                                                                                                 V. 4-5

Believers who have died are ___________________________ victory over death                                                                          V. 6

Suffering in I Peter

Christ’s sufferings led to the glorious redemption of all who will believe

1:11; 3:18; 5:1

Believers should not be surprised by suffering       


Suffering reveals who the genuine believers are     


Suffering is temporary compared to the eternal glory that awaits believers

               1:3-7; 5:10

Believers who suffer for the right reasons will be rewarded by God

               2:20; 3:14, 17; 4:13, 19

Any unjust suffering believers experience will be avenged by God   


Believers should avoid suffering for sinful reasons


Christ’s godly response amidst His suffering is our example amidst ours

               2:21; 4:1

Suffering is an opportunity to glorify God              


Suffering is an opportunity to witness for Christ   


Believers aren’t alone in their suffering; other Christians worldwide understand