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Stand Firm in Your Faith


Dear Friends,

This week in the morning service we begin a new series on the book of 1 Peter. Peter is writing to Christians who are scattered throughout what is today known as northern and western Turkey. In 1:6 Peter acknowledges that these Christians have had to suffer grief through various trials. At this stage it doesn’t seem that these trials have led to martyrdom. However there is slander and being excluded or insulted or abused because of the name of Jesus - see 2:18, 4:3-4,14. We know that the Roman Emperor Nero blamed the Christians for the fire which he started in Rome. Peter, like Jesus is giving a realistic picture of what it means to follow God. Jesus ensured that we understood that if we follow Him there would be persecution - John 15:20 and Paul says to Timothy that everyone who wants to follow Jesus and live a godly life will be persecuted - 2 Timothy 3:12.

Peter realises that when we come under persecution our faith can be shaken and there can be pressure to fall away or compromise so we fit it. That is why in 1 Peter 5:12 he says that he has written about the grace of God so that the Christians will stand firm in their faith. Being persecuted in this country is on the rise as the Christian faith is really only a minority group and non-Christian values of relativism dominate. We should not be surprised that there is pressure on us, both internal and external to conform to the standards of this society and be like everyone else so we don’t have to face opposition.

God’s Blessing Rev David O’Mara