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En route 8: It Begins With Us

Peter encourages his readers not to be surprised if they suffer as Christians. Instead, they should rejoice because the same Spirit that led our Lord Jesus is also leading them through suffering to glory. Further, Christians ought not to be ashamed of their trials because it is through trials that God is refining his Church and his people and their trials are nothing compared to the eternal suffering the 'carefree' world will experience when Christ returns.

Read 1 Peter 4:12-19

En route 6: When They Ask

Believers are to live in harmony and love with one another and to return blessing for cursing to those who are hostile to them. When they live such a radically different life from the unbelievers around them the unbelievers will ask questions about the Christian faith. Christians are to answer with gentleness and respect, giving a reason for the hope they have in Christ.

Read 1 Peter 3:8-18a

En Route 4: Submission to God

Because we live before God and before the world Christians need to live in such a way that will recommend Christ to others. Peter encourages them to imitate Christ who, when treated unjustly, entrusted his situation to his Father who judges justly. Peter holds Jesus up not only as an example but also the Redeemer who through his death on the cross enables God’s people to imitate him by the transformation of their lives.

Read 1 Peter 2:13-25