I am Eric Glover, the creator of this site and the leader of the Doubtless Living Bible study group at ClearView Baptist Church in Franklin, Tennessee. I am married to Tina Glover and we have two grown children and one wonderful grandson. I have taught Bible study classes to adults of all ages for more than 25 years and teaching God’s Word is one of my greatest passions in life. I am an ordained Southern Baptist minister and I attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. I have served churches in many capacities over the years, but I am called by God to teach His Word and that is what I love doing most of all. Professionally, I serve as the Vice President of Retail Operations for LifeWay Christian Stores, one of the largest Christian retailers in the world with 160 stores across America. I have a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Missouri Southern State University. I am also a Certified Public Accountant, although I have not practiced public accounting for many years.

I am Eric Glover, the creator of this site and the leader of the Doubtless Living Bible study group at ClearView Baptist Church in Franklin, Tennessee. I am married to Tina Glover and we have two grown children and one wonderful grandson. I have taught Bible study classes to adults of all ages for more than 25 years and teaching God’s Word is one of my greatest passions in life. I am an ordained Southern Baptist minister and I attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. I have served churches in many capacities over the years, but I am called by God to teach His Word and that is what I love doing most of all. Professionally, I serve as the Vice President of Retail Operations for LifeWay Christian Stores, one of the largest Christian retailers in the world with 160 stores across America. I have a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Missouri Southern State University. I am also a Certified Public Accountant, although I have not practiced public accounting for many years.

Hope for Suffering Christians

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First Peter is a timeless and powerful letter that gives hope to Christians who are suffering persecution for their faith. This important letter can be clearly divided into three thematic sections. In section one, Peter calls all Christians to personal holiness (1:13‑3:12), in section two he teaches that holiness and righteous living sometimes bring persecution and suffering (3:13-3:22), and in section three (4:1-5:14) he concludes by instructing Christians how to behave in the face persecution.

This series focuses on section two, which reminds us of the hope we have in Christ Jesus to endure persecution and suffering.

Suffering for Righteousness

 13And who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14But even it you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.  (3:13-17, NASB)

In this passage, following on the heels of a lengthy discourse on personal holiness, Peter calls the Christians in Asia Minor to be different from the world around them, to be holy (1:15).  So, it’s not difficult to imagine their response in reading this challenge. Such a life-style is almost certain to bring persecution from their pagan neighbors. Peter, understanding their obvious concerns, addresses in advance their fears and their doubts regarding this issue. His overriding theme is “Hope for suffering Christians,” a topic as relevant today as ever.

In this study we will examine eight timeless truths about suffering for righteousness:

  1. We are protected by God (3:13)
  2. We are permanently blessed by God (3:14a)
  3. We can be fearless and confident during tough times (3:14b)
  4. We should submit to Christ in all things (3:15a)
  5. We must be prepared to share the gospel at all times (3:15b)
  6. We should be gentle and reverent in our response (3:15c)
  7. We should maintain a good conscience before God (3:16)
  8. We are virtuous in suffering for righteousness (3:17)