Grieved by Various Trials

January 15, 2017


Grieved by Various Trials

Sermon Text:  1 Peter 1:6-12

Sermon Notes:


  • In this you greatly rejoice
    1. In what?
  1. The election
  2. God has caused us to be born again
  3. Inheritance, imperishable, undefiled, and unfading
  4. God is keeping and guarding – by his power


though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials


  1. Both coexist at the same time (Rejoice & Grief)?
    • Essential – To have both
    • No pain no gain
  • Many examples!
  1. Various trials (not specific)
    • Example, Christian’s Funeral
      • Grieve our loss
      • Rejoice in the finished race
  1. The “scales” of Joy and grief
    • Unchecked grief can take over
      • Joy exists with grief (both exist)
    • How does Peter do this? (3 ways)
  1. He reminds us our inheritance, imperishable, undefiled, and unfading
  2. He gives a reason for the various trials


(7)  that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire,


  1. He gives us a result.


(You through faith) may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ


Weather: (Oklahoma & Pennsylvania)

  • Cold, wet, muddy, snow, ice
  • 80 one day, 30 the next
  • Spring joy, relief from cold
  • Fall joy, relief from heat


Ascension Island

Temp:  High 81  Low 75  (In recorded history: Low 59, High 90)

Water/Air Temp – Same

Explain Ascension


  • Who wants to see this place? — Snap fingers and visit?
    • The current weather, enhances your desire
    • The various trails increase your desire
      • You have experienced some blessings here
        • Holy Spirit witnesses to future glory
        • Word, confirms the Spirit’s witness
          • Future glory


(8)  whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,


  • You have not seen this island but it sounds beautiful
  • A future visit brings joy


(7)  that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,


  • Gold
    • Fire burns up impurities
    • Very hot fire melts gold 1,948°F
    • After refining, more pure
  • Faith testing by fire
    • Brings grief
    • Refines your faith
    • God’s purpose is for the overall good
      • Will of God
      • (6) …if need be


1 Peter 4:19


  • Faith is more precious than gold
  • Do we value faith or gold


Luke 6:22-23

  • Rejoice and leap for joy!
  • Correct thinking!
  • Look to your reward
  • You have companions in suffering
  • The prophets
  • Jesus Christ


1 Peter 3:17 NKJV 

  • What is the will of God in suffering?
    • What about the evil things that happen?
    • Are all things in God’s will?
    • Yes and no
      • No – In God does not commit or condone evil
      • Yes – God can prevent, step in at any time
        • He allows evil to continue for His purpose
          • Sometimes known
          • Often unknown


Genesis 50:20 NKJV 

Acts 2:23 ESV 

Romans 9:22-23 ESV 

  • Trials refine faith
  • Faith looks forward to the end


1 Peter 1:9 NKJV 

1Pe 1:10  Concerning this salvation


  • The prophets longed to see Jesus
  • They searched and inquired
    • Who the Christ was
    • When he would come
    • Predicted his sufferings


1 Peter 1:12 ESV  …things into which angels long to look.


  • Angels don’t need salvation
    • No personal stake in the salvation of man
      • Yet, they desire to see it
      • To glorify God because of it
    • Vast majority of mankind – does not desire to look
      • Man who needs salvation, turns his back
      • Shows the deadness of the corrupted mind of man
      • How depraved is mankind?
      • Man left alone, hates God.
      • He will perish in his sins
        • Doesn’t care
        • Not neutral – Actively rebellious
        • Breaking commandments & boasting
      • If our leader suffered, shouldn’t we?


1Pe 4:1 


  • What is this way of thinking???
  • We need to REGAIN IT!!!
  • The world is sick
  • Many so called Christian’s are sick


Matthew 16:21-23 ESV 


  • He must suffer
  • He must be killed
  • Peter says, No! No! No!
  • Jesus says; “Get behind me, Satan!”
  • Why? “For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
  • What is this sermon about?
  • Setting your mind on the things of God
    • Your inheritance
    • God’s Glory
    • God’s salvation
    • God keeping you
    • God refining your faith
  • Peter is conveying what he learned
    • Do not focus on the things of man


(12)  …the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven


A Reformed Baptist Church close to Altus, OK and Altus Air Force Base

One Way Christian Center Reformed Baptist Church

Pastor Bryan Walker

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