• PRELUDE: Acts 5:41: the premature summation of this entire message is within this verse: "...rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name."

  • Peter and those persecuted (which carries and applies to us today) are to remember certain events:
  • Remembering keeps us from throwing in the towel during the tough fights of life
  • At the moment we are about to "throw in the towel" is when we have to take a deep breath, collect our thoughts, and continue on

  • The saved in Christ are those not expected to shrink back from troubles
  • The saved are of those who are expected to have faith (endure)
  • Romans 5:3-4: We also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope.