A simple truth of the Christian life is that the world will not love you for being a Christian. At best they will tolerate you…at worst they will hate and persecute you. Centuries before his birth, Isaiah predicted that Jesus would be despised and rejected by the world…and Jesus tells us that we should expect likewise. But even in the face of escalating suffering and persecution, Christians are called to stand firm in the grace of God. We remember the call that God has put on our life and the reason for the hope that we have – Jesus Christ! We stand firm, trust God, and live triumphantly – never abandoning hope, becoming bitter, or losing our faith. Join us as we work verse by verse through 1 Peter as Peter calls the early church to live as faithful “Exiles.”