1 Peter 1:3-5 part 2

 The first reason has to do with what happened when we first turned to Christ. When we became Christians. Or you might say if you just take a look backwards it will prove how committed God is to your future good. Peter writes, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” You can maybe just underline in your minds the words living hope. He is going to help us think about … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:3-5 part 2

1 Peter 1:3-5 Introduction

It is not unusual to find people who are suffering struggling with feeling hopeless.  It is especially tempting when a person is suffering to develop a warped perspective on God. To start feeling like because they are doing right and it is not working  God must be against them like God doesn’t want their good like their circumstances prove that God isn’t interested in them Which is part of what makes the way Peter begins this letter so striking.  These verses are shocking. This was a man who knew suffering. When Christ called him he left his home, his relatives … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:3-5 Introduction

1 Peter 1:1 and 2 part 3

It is one thing to know the right perspective, it is another to have the right perspective in the middle of trials.  Take the nation of Israel. I mean, just go back in your minds to the Exodus. They cried out. God heard their cries. He delivers them in an absolutely miraculous way. He speaks to them. He personally guides them. He provides for them. He protects them. It all seems so obvious and yet, in the wilderness, when they start experiencing some difficulties on the way to the Promised Land, they totally lose perspective and start crying out and … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:1 and 2 part 3

1 Peter 1:17 Outline and Thought Questions

1 Peter 1:17ff Theology Makes a Difference Part Three          1.        What we believe should make a difference on the way we look to                        the  future.  v.13                  “Be hopeful”          2.         What we believe should make a difference on the way we live in                         the present.  v.14-16          “Be holy”  In verse 17 and following we will see:          3.         It should make a difference on the way we feel about                      … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:17 Outline and Thought Questions

1 Peter 1:14-16 Outline and Thought Questions

Theology Makes A Difference! part two In verses 1-12 Peter launches into theological orbit discussing doctrines such as election, foreknowledge, regeneration, perseverance of the saints, the relationship between the Old Testament and the New, and even angelology.  In verse 13 and following he comes hurtling down to earth showing us the difference this theology should make on our lives. 1.            It has got to make a difference on the way we look to the future. v. 13 We need to fix our hope in the grace to be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 2.            It has … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:14-16 Outline and Thought Questions

1 Peter 1:1 and 2 part two

Peter gives us a second key phrase to help us understand what is happening in our lives. It’s found toward the end of verse 1. We are chosen. We are rejected by this world, yes.  But two, we have been selected by the ruler of the universe. 2.   Being a Christian means being selected. Peter writes, “To those who reside as aliens…who are chosen…” Which is a fair translation as long as you understand that in the original the word chosen isn’t so far from the word for aliens.  It in fact describes it.  We are chosen strangers. When we … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:1 and 2 part two

1 Peter 1:1 and 2 part 1

Biblical living in this world begins with thinking biblically about life in this world. You will not consistently respond biblically to what is happening in your life if you are not consistently thinking biblically about what is happening in your life. I want you to see two of the key components that this text  gives us towards developing a biblical perspective on our lives as  believers in this world. This text gives us two key components to really looking at what is going on in our lives accurately. The first key component is found in the word stranger. We are … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:1 and 2 part 1

1 Peter 1:13 Outline and Thought Questions

The Difference Theology Makes part one 1 Peter 1:13-2:3 It is not unusual to find people thinking of theology as something that is impractical.  What you will see very clearly over the next several weeks as we continue our study of 1 Peter is that his attitude is actually just the opposite.  In Peter’s mind there could hardly be anything more practical or more relevant. In 1:13-2:3 Peter shows us 5 ways what we believe should change the way we live.  In verse 13, we find the first.  1.            It should make a difference on the way you think about … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:13 Outline and Thought Questions

1 Peter 1:10-12 Outline and Thought Questions

Outline Peter’s goal in these verses is to stir us to worship God for the salvation He has provided.  He does that that by telling us 5 awesome truths about the salvation God has provided and is providing and will provide for us in Jesus Christ. 1.         It is the subject of Old Testament prophecy. 2.         It is the interest of Old Testament prophets.  3.         It is the fulfillment of Christ’s own prediction.  4.         It was revealed in the Old Testament for our benefit.  5.         It is the object of the angelic longing.    Thought Questions  1.         What is the … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:10-12 Outline and Thought Questions

Introducing 1 Peter: Why you should Listen

This book is going to take you somewhere you may not necessarily want to go on your own, you may be tempted to resist going to the cross and so I thought I should probably remind you of why this is so important. It is not my words or ideas, it is Peter’s.  This letter was written by Peter. We know that because it says so and the early church did not accept a book just because someone named Peter claimed to have written it.  It was careful and rejected other letters that claimed to be written by Peter but … Continue reading Introducing 1 Peter: Why you should Listen