March 24 & 25, 2018 - 1 Peter 5:6-7 -Everywhere we go we see increased signs of security: armed guards, metal detectors and cameras. And yet, our society never feels fully protected. Peter reminds the exiled, the persecuted and the oppressed that although we might not “see” it, God’s might holds us and protects us. His care and security never fail.
March 17 & 18, 2018 - 1 Peter 4:12-19 - Peter never sugarcoats the truth of life in Christ. We will suffer because of our faith in Christ. And in fact, this should not take us by surprise. Rather we ought to expect and see it as the foreshadow of Christ’s returning righteousness. For the trials of a believer are not the same as the pointless anguish of the lost. And this truth should move us to compassion and good works.
March 10 & 11, 2018 - 1 Peter 4:1-11 - As a chosen people we are called to make different choices – choices that will startle the non-believers around us. However, we not only choose to reject sinful living, we also choose to accept the life of the redeemed – a life of love and service and gratitude.
March 3 & 4, 2018 - 1 Peter 2:11-25 - As Peter continues to encourage these persecuted exiles, he reminds them that while all people will suffer in life, devoted Christ followers never suffer in vain. For in the same way we are healed by Christ’s wounds, our own lack of vengeance – especially in response to unjust persecution - becomes both a witness and declaration of the eternal healing of the cross.