Peter wrote this letter as the shadow of severe oppression was starting to stretch across the Roman empire and engulf his friends in Asia Minor. The persecution would be most fierce in their region where emperor worship was strongest.

To be a Jesus-follower in that day, in that place, meant certain suffering. Unjust suffering. Prejudicial suffering. Loss of job, loss of property, and even loss of life. How do you follow Jesus under these circumstances?

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