Join us as we continue our journey through 1 Peter verse by verse! Last post we explored 1:13-16 where Peter helps us set our hopes not on any earthly hope but on the salvation realities found in Christ. In a world driven about by knee-jerk emotionalism and untamed desires, we are called to be driven instead by minds … Continue reading Why Fear a God of Love? (1 Peter 1:17-19)
Hope is a rare commodity these days. The fashions of the day are cynicism, anxiety and self-indulgence. With violence and discord stealing the headlines daily, we tend toward one of three different coping mechanisms (or a combination of the three): Our minds grow cynical in the midst of confusion and ideological impasses in the public discourse. … Continue reading Activate the Mind, Stoke the Fires of Hope (1 Peter 1:13-16)
Peter shares the purpose of his letter in 5:12 to encourage believers to "stand firm in the true grace of God." The letter aims to ground us in a rock-solid faith that can withstand the trials that come our way, and to let God's grace shape the way we interact with others as we live out … Continue reading Faith Proved Genuine (1 Peter 1:3-9)
You can't even get through one verse in 1 Peter before coming across an enormously controversial theological issue: divine election and foreknowledge. "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect...who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father..." I didn't even try to wade into these choppy waters in my sermon this past … Continue reading God’s Chosen ‘Elect’? (1 Peter 1:1-2)
Jeremy begins a new study series through the First Letter of Peter. Join us for the adventure!