God Is Working in Your Suffering

1 Peter 4:17


In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that although it may be hard to hear in the moment, God is sovereign over our suffering — and in the long run, this makes all the difference.

Principle for Bible Reading

Ground

A “ground” is an argument or reason for another statement. One way to remember this is that the ground is the ground upon which another statement is built. The supporting (or grounding) statement comes after the statement it supports. When you come to a grounding statement in the Bible, ask what came before it that it supports.

For more information on a ground.


Key Words

Conjunctions or connecting words are very important in the Bible because they tell us how two statements are related to each other. In this case, a grounding relationship is usually connected with: for, because, or since.

For example

“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” How do we know that Jesus loves us? For (or because) the Bible tells me so.


Study Questions

  1. Are you suffering in this season of life? Do you have trusted Christian friends who know about it?
  2. Watch the lab. In it, Pastor John argues that the suffering of 1 Peter 4:16 is a result of the judgment of 1 Peter 4:17. Do you agree? Why or why not.
  3. Christians suffer in this life to purify them for the next. Fight to remind yourself this week that whether you’re suffering or not, this is not your home.