Grow Deep - GRIT Edition
June 7 – August 8
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.” 1 Peter 4:12-13
First Peter is a short, powerful and challenging letter of hope in suffering. In just five chapters, Peter refers to suffering at least 15 times. This study explores the power of “grit” that comes from God and is at work in us and through us—especially in the face of trials and suffering. “Grit” is found in the pages of Scripture in words like “courage,” “steadfastness,” “endurance,” and “perseverance.” It is built on the pillars of faith, mercy, and hope. It is essential to our Christian faith so we thrive as we live out our lives in a broken and fallen world where we face hardships, injustice, and challenging circumstances on a daily basis.
Throughout this study, we will see again how God has set us apart, made us His own through baptism, refined us through suffering, and called us into His service. By the power of the Holy Spirit, He is continually growing us in “grit.” We will discover new insights into “hope” as Peter shows us how hope is more than a feeling. Hope is living, real and indestructible. Hope is a gift from God.
For many of us, summer can be a time when we are busy with other activities that take our time. This year that may not be the case for most of us because of the pandemic. Take advantage of that extra “free” time and spend it with Jesus. Be intentional. Set aside the same time every day. Find a special place that is quiet and where you can read, reflect, and pray. Grow your grit! Join us in this journey of hope this summer!
Grow Deep with Jesus!
Thanks to Pastor Bill Geis who contributed many of the reflection questions for this edition. They were taken from his Bible study, “Our Hope for Years to Come,” which can be found on the Missouri District website.