In 1 Peter we are encouraged to stand firm and persevere, even though life will be difficult for us as we stand against the tide as Christians.
Peter's profound theological statement about our true identity - being citizens of Heaven - rings true not only for those early exiled Christians in Rome withstanding challenging social and political temperatures, but also for us in our modern Western context.
The Old Testament books of 1 and 2 Samuel follow the rise and fall of Saul and David, the first 2 kings crowned over God's people. As we study the book of 2 Samuel, our focus will be on king David, a figure who looms large over the rest of the Bible.
2 Samuel, like many of the narrative sections of the Bible, can prove difficult to understand. This is not to say it is difficult to read: there is enough blood-shed, conspiracy and scandal to keep us interested. However, you can come away from the various stories feeling you may have missed the key message.