1 Peter: A Peculiar People with a Living Hope in a Lost World
Sunday August 10th – #1 1 Peter 1:1-2 Peter introduces his letter and we introduce our series. The stunning realization that the Trinity has accomplished our salvation and leads us to the banner over our series. A Peculiar People with a Living Hope in a Lost World.
Sunday August 17th – #2 1 Peter 1:3-5 Praise befits us. It is truly the greatest remedy to all of our ills. To see and know and praise God for the salvation He has provided through Christ.
Sunday August 24th – #3 1 Peter 1:6-9 Why is this happening to me? Life seems so hard. Is there a point to this pain and hardship? These are the questions all Christians seem to face, and yet God graciously reveals to us the purpose of our sufferings through Peter’s words in the Scriptures.\
Sunday August 31st – #4 1 Peter 1:10-12 Sadly the Old Testament and the Prophets get a bad rap that they don’t deserve. Christians today may largely ignore them, but we do so at our own peril. As Peter shows us, we miss the incredible grace that is to be ours through them.
Sunday September 14th – #5 1 Peter 1:13-16 How are we to become peculiar people? What is it that causes us to be different than those around us? It is truly the fact that we have a holy, righteous, loving and gracious God that we reflect to the world around us. Lives of holiness lived in a lost world. Peter gives us a way to pursue just that.
Sunday September 21st – #6 1 Peter 1:17-21 “This world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through” The first line of that spiritual helps us realize that we should be strangers to this world. Yet Peter helps us understand that we, if we are genuinely believers in Jesus Christ, are also at the same time children of God. This should cause us to live our lives differently as a Peculiar People.
Sunday September 28th – #7 1 Peter 1:22-25 #7 1 Peter 2:1-3 Multitasking can be both a virtue and a vice. Putting on makeup and drinking a cup of coffee while going to work: vice. Loving others, God & obeying God’s Word: virtue. And that is exactly what Peter points us to today.
Sunday October 5th – #8 1 Peter 2:1-3 Our hearts are made to be satisfied. Sadly though, we try to satisfy it by chucking everything that isn’t truly satisfying into the gaping hole that we feel. Today Peter shows us that God gives us something even more satisfying: Himself, through His Word.
Sunday October 12th – #9 1 Peter 2:4-8 Whenever we are confronted by the real Jesus we are faced with a choice. We cannot continue in the same trajectory that we used to. Peter confronts us with that living cornerstone today, the choice is to accept or reject Him. What will we do with this Living Cornerstone?
Sunday October 19th – #10 1 Peter 2:9-10 We have been equipped as a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people for His own possession. All of this equipping though is for a purpose – “That we may proclaim the excellency of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
Sunday October 26th – #11 1 Peter 2:11-12 As Yogi Berra has said, Baseball is 90% mental, and the other half is physical. Being a Christian is a little like that. 90% is inward and the other half is outward. Peter helps us with that dynamic this week.
Sunday November 9th – #12 1 Peter 2:13-17 Is the greatest freedom found in throwing off the shackles of any and all authorities or is it found in joyfully submitting to the right authorities? Our passage today helps us answer that question, to find the greatest freedom possible.
Sunday November 23rd – #13 1 Peter 2:18-20 This week Peter turns from the Christian’s submission to the government to submission in service and suffering. Service & suffering are a gracious gifts from God given to us to keep us mindful of God and deepen our relationship with Christ.
Sunday November 30th – #14 1 Peter 2:21-23 Christians are called to trust God in the midst of their suffering. Thankfully for us, we have a Savior who has blazed this trail for us. Jesus has suffered for us & in our place to provide the motivation and example as to how and why to suffer well.
Sunday December 7th – #15 1 Peter 2:24-25 – Peter writes from Isaiah 53 of Christ’s death on the cross for our sins that we might be saved. Jesus bears our sins and our curse that we might be saved and live unto righteousness. He also heals us from sin and rescues us from sin in order that we might be saved by His grace when we put our trust in Him.
Sunday January 11th – #16 1 Peter 3:1-6 – Submission in marriage; not many subjects bring out as much debate as this one. In this sermon, we define these terms and talk about the reason God asks this of women.
Sunday January 18th – #17 1 Peter 3:7 – Husbands have a high calling in marriage to lead as Christ led the church. What does that look like in everyday life? And how ought a godly husband treat his wife?
Sunday January 25th – #18 The Surprising Way to Enjoy Life (1 Peter 3:8-12) – When thinking about the best ways to enjoy life, obedience isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. But in this passage, Peter references Psalm 34 to encourage that obedience to God is not only a good way to enjoy life, it is the the only way.
Sunday February 1st- #19 Do You Have A Living Hope (1 Peter 3:13-) – We have hope in Christ through our salvation, but is it a LIVING hope? Do we live our lives in a way that shows that we have an active hope? We must live vibrantly out of our hope in the Lord no matter what the circumstance.
Sunday February 8th – #20 Our Substitution, Ark & Resurrection (1 Peter 3:18-22): This has been called one of the most difficult passages in Scripture to interpret. What does substitution, Noah’s ark and resurrection have in common? Where does baptism fit into this and what is its purpose? Join us as we tackle this crazy passage and seek what God wants us to learn from it.
Sunday February 22nd – #21 Armed to Endure (1 Peter 4:1-6) How do we endure as a Christian in the midst of suffering and temptations? Jesus is there to give us the ability to endure and also to resist sin.
Sunday March 1st – #22 1 Peter 4:7-11 Grace Given; Stewardship Received- Peter discusses how the church ought to interact with one another. Love in spite of sins, be hospitable and use your gifts!
Sunday March 15th – #23 1 Peter 4:12-14 – Test, Joy & Blessing – What does it mean for God to test us? How do we as Christians respond to suffering? Is it in joy, recognizing God’s work in us?
Sunday March 22nd – #24 1 Peter 4:15-19 Suffering for the Name- When you suffer, make sure you suffer as a Christian and not just as a result of sin.
Sunday April 12th – Shepherding God’s Flock #25 1 Peter 5:1-5a – – Peter addresses the church elders and instructs them on how they are to lead with the authority given to them by God.
Sunday April 19th – Humble and Resistant #26 1 Peter 5:5b-9 – Peter turns to the subject of humility and what it means for the Christian to resist Satan.
Sunday April 26th Standing Firm in Grace # 27 1 Peter 5:10-14 – Peter brings his letter to a close with some final reminders, a final exhortation and some final greetings from Rome. His main goal: to sum up the letter with this charge, “This is the true Grace of God, Stand firm in it.” Hope you have enjoyed our journey through 1 Peter as Peculiar People, With a Living Hope, In a Lost World.