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

Introducing 1 Peter: One Reason for Studying

I want to study 1 Peter because I am convinced one of the biggest problems among believers today is an inadequate theology of suffering. I am reminded of that when I spend time with people who have been influenced by the prosperity gospel which is enormously popular throughout the world and is based on an unbiblical view of suffering.  But more than that, I am often reminded of that as I spend time with people who haven’t.  I am talking about orthodox, conservative believers.  I have found that as we believers speak and more important think and make decisions, we … Continue reading Introducing 1 Peter: One Reason for Studying

Introducing 1 Peter: Theme

I wonder if you had the opportunity to ask God one question, what you would ask him. I would guess once we get past the funny kind of questions like did Adam have a bellybutton to the more serious ones, we would find that many if not most of the questions people would ask God would have something to do with suffering.    And to a certain extent you know it is easy to understand that.  It is easy to understand why we as people have so many questions about the suffering we experience throughout our lives.  You can understand … Continue reading Introducing 1 Peter: Theme

1 Peter 1:6-9 Thought Questions

1.    Why is Peter’s description of believers surprising?  Are there are other passages of Scripture where you see the same paradox?  Think Paul.  How would the typical unbeliever respond to Peter’s statement and why?  Can you think of examples from church history of individuals who lived what Peter says out?  Do you believe it is possible for you to rejoice in the middle of suffering? 2.    What were some of the trials these believers were experiencing?  How do people normally respond in the middle of trials like these?  Yet, what kind of joy is Peter describing these people as experiencing?  … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:6-9 Thought Questions

1 Peter 1:6-9 Outline

It is normal for believers to suffer. It is also normal for believers to rejoice in the middle of those sufferings. I want us to think about why. Why is it that believers rejoice in suffering? There are some of you who aren’t experience profound joy and you want to know where to find it and there are others of you who are wasting your life looking for joy in all the wrong places.  Your main goal in life is to avoid suffering because you think it is in avoiding suffering where joy is found and I want to challenge … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:6-9 Outline

1 Peter 1:3-5 Outline

Backwards, Forwards, Inwards   When you listen to many who are suffering you find them talking as if they had absolutely nothing to look forward to.  As a result, they have a hard time worshiping.  They speak as if God had put them in a situation where they had no hope of anything good coming out of it at all.   Peter’s attitude is the exact opposite.    He is full of worship.   And what’s more he thinks you should be as well.  One reason being, his unshakeable confidence in God’s commitment to his future good.   In verses 3-5, … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:3-5 Outline