Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
Message – 1 Peter 4:12, 13
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: We in the west, I am afraid, think suffering for Christ’s sake is indeed a strange thing – but for much of the Church it is an every moment occurrence. And we are told we should rejoice, inasmuch as we are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, we may be glad also with exceeding joy. In Philippians, Paul calls suffering “a gift” – for most of us it’s probably the one we would rather leave under the tree. But this verse tells us, that to do so, to try by all means to avoid suffering is shortsighted. Listen again to the promise that goes with the suffering, that, when Christ’s glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. Glad for what? Glad we suffered for those who are partakers of the suffering, will be partakers of the glory.
Closing – This is Kile Smith. You have been listening to Bible Teacher and author, Dr. Bill Shade, Director of Advanced Studies for Source of Light Ministries International. Our college-recognized, three-year, Bible Institute curriculum is now available online. We invite you to visit us on the Web at advancedbiblicalstudies.net – that’s advancedbiblicalstudies.net and begin a systematic study of God’s Word today.