The message is titled “This Could Be Heaven, Or This Could Be Hell”. As we continue teaching through 1 Peter, we come to chapter 4 where Peter sets before these believers, who will soon go through severe persecution, two paths. One which connects them to the earth through the flesh or the other than connects them to heaven through the Spirit. He is preparing them for the storm ahead and God is preparing us for what is ahead in our coming days as we study this book. It’s the age-old battle of spirit versus flesh.
Peter is writing to believers that are trying to live for Christ in a culture that is becoming increasingly unfriendly to Christians. There are significant parallels in 1 Peter to the culture we live in today. Peter sees first-century society becoming hostile and knows that more is coming, so he writes this great letter of encouragement equipping the believers to stand in tough times and look to the greater glory that will be revealed. This series is for the faithful follower of Christ who hears the roar of Rome in the air but is determined to remain steadfast in Christ.