Suffering and Heaven
1 Peter asks one of the fundamental question of life is, how can an all-powerful, all-good God allow pain and suffering. It helps us grapple with this question by pointing our attention to the realities of our lives, especially the fact that we are exiles on earth and our true home is heaven. We are to recognize in the midst of suffering that God is still at work for our good.
I. One of the fundamental questions of life
II. 1 Peter 1:1-2
III. Why are we exiles? — 1:3a
IV. Benefits of being born again – 1:3b-5
A. Have a “living hope”
B. “Inheritance” - verse 4
C. As we live out our lives in anticipation of our future inheritance
D. Point: Christians are exiles
V. This is how we handle suffering — vs. 6-9
A. We will experience trials
1. Earth is not my home — exiles
2. Faith that recognizes that God is at work in the midst of our pain for our good.
VI. Rick and Shelly’s Testimony