From the Archives! Luke Sermon Manuscripts: Luke 9:21 and 22

I like reading sermon manuscripts! So, I thought it might be helpful for some if I shared some various manuscripts of messages I have preached from time to time. Now, I am not going to do the work of editing … Continue reading From the Archives! Luke Sermon Manuscripts: Luke 9:21 and 22

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

Introducing 1 Peter: Basic Structure

Peter’s approach to answering this question of how to live for God in a world that is against us is fairly straightforward. We might look to commentaries for more detailed and academic type outlines, but I thought I could give you one more designed for the nitty gritty reality of everyday life. Peter’s basic answer to the question of living for God in world that is against Him, begins first with knowing who you are.  1.         You have to know who you are even when the  people around you don’t          1:1-2:10                   1:1-2                  You are Chosen          … Continue reading Introducing 1 Peter: Basic Structure