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Resilient Faith: Standing Strong in the Midst of Suffering Bible Studies for Life: Small Group Member Book © 2014 LifeWay Press ISBN: 978-1-4300-2899-4 Item: 005602638 Dewey Decimal Classification Number: 234.2 Subject Heading: Faith \ BIBLE N.T. 1 PETER—STUDY \ PERSECUTION

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Life can be tough. We need a resilient faith. How would you describe your faith? Faith may come easy to you, or you may be like so many who struggle with trust. For all of us, when difficulties knock on our door, that faith is tested. And for some of us, our faith is shaken. How can we maintain a faith in God that is resilient, a faith that—no matter what happens— withstands the ups and downs of life? In this study, we will look at the Book of 1 Peter, a short letter that shows us what resilient faith looks like. Mark Twain said, “Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.” This study from 1 Peter will show, however, that Twain’s idea of faith “just ain’t so.” In fact, a resilient faith grounded in Christ is quite the opposite. We will discover that resilient faith: provides an actual foundation for a sure hope for mankind. frees you to do what is good and right. helps you find joy even in a world of pain and suffering. is yours because of the sure resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s good to know that, because of Jesus, a strong faith—a resilient faith—can be ours. We can stand strong regardless of what comes at us.

Mary Jo Sharp Mary Jo Sharp is an assistant professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University in Texas and is the founder of Confident Christianity apologetics ministry. She is a former atheist from the Pacific Northwest who began to doubt her faith in God several years after becoming a Christian. Her search for answers to her doubts about God led her into the field of apologetics. She is the author of W