If You Are Going to Follow Jesus, Expect Suffering

There’s a reason prosperity gospel preachers don’t spend much time preaching from 1 Peter. In talking about experiencing hardship and suffering injustice, Peter says, “[Y]ou were called for this, so that you may inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3:9 CSB).

Suffering is an expected part of the Christian life. This truth in itself will never attract anyone to the Christian faith—until they understand that because suffering is the way of Jesus, it also brings life.

Jen Wilkin says you can summarize 1 Peter this way: “We should be willing to suffer unjustly because Christ was willing to suffer unjustly to bring us to God.”

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Source: Church Leaders, J.D. Greear