We work hard. We follow the "rules." We try to live out our faith to the best of our ability. But trials still come and we are tempted to ask, "Is it even worth it?" But in the midst of this, James tells us to "count it all joy when you fall into various trials..." How is this possible? What does this look like? In this lesson, we explore what scripture has to say about trials, especially the purpose of trials and the hope that all believers in Jesus Christ have as their eternal resource to go through the trials of life.
Is there any comfort to be found in a world of suffering? What hope is there for the person who is going through trials or persecutions? In his first letter to the churches in Asia, the apostle Peter speaks hope into a church that is undergoing severe tribulations. This hope is not founded in wishful outcomes, but in the living hope of Jesus Christ, our living Savior. Here, we examine three aspects of this Living Hope. First, why is a living hope necessary? Second, what is this living hope? And finally, how do I acquire this living hope?