November 2018

Peace To All Of You

Text: 1 Peter 5:6-14   Stand humbly.   The best coaches spend significant time and effort teaching their players fundamentals.  One such fundamental is the proper athletic stance that allows an athlete to respond and move appropriately.  As Peter concludes his first letter he is concerned with how we will stand in faith against the inevitable […]

October 2018

Shepherd The Flock

Text: 1 Peter 5:1-5   Define the relationship.   We all have expectations of one another and our relationships struggle when we fail or refuse to communicate those expectations.  This is especially true of the relationship that exists between pastors and the congregation.  It is a fitting end to Pastor Appreciation Month that we arrive in […]

The Fiery Trial

Text: 1 Peter 4:12-19   God’s got this.   We are not in control.  That is one of the hardest truths that we have to face in this life but the good news that flows from the gospel is the knowledge that even if we are not in control we know the One who is.  As Peter […]

The End Of All Things

Text: 1 Peter 4:7-11   Don’t waste your life.   Peter establishes a sense of urgency within the hearts of his audience.  He declares that the end is at hand, meaning that everything necessary for Christ’s return has been accomplished and nothing more than the patience of the Father for the sake of sinners is delaying […]

They Will Give Account

Text: 1 Peter 4:1-6   Always be prepared.   Peter’s message has been clear, that difficult times are coming for those who are devoted to the Lord and to righteousness.  But being ready for this entails taking up or putting on the mind of Christ.  Christ was willing to suffer so that he might achieve the […]

September 2018

The Righteous For The Unrighteous

Text: 1 Peter 3:18-22   Perspective is powerful.   They say that hindsight is 20/20 and in many respects, this is true because when we are able to view our situations from a position of completion it transforms our perspective.  To this point in his letter, Peter has been calling us to a conduct that is […]

Prepared To Make A Defense

Text: 1 Peter 3:13-17   Maturity matters.   As parents or employers, we would never ignore benchmarks of healthy development in our children or in our employees.  Yet, within the church we are inexplicably comfortable with allowing others and even allowing ourselves to stagnate in spiritual immaturity.  In these verses, Peter begins to wrap up the […]

Seek Peace and Pursue It

Text: 1 Peter 3:8-12 Blessed are the peacemakers. “Where two or three are gathered…there’s a conflict waiting to happen.”  Wherever people are sin is.  This is true even within the church.  We are still struggling against our old sin nature as we strive to grow up in salvation.  Thus, peace is a very fragile thing.  It […]

August 2018

A Gentle And Quiet Spirit

Text: 1 Peter 3:1-6   Submission is a gift of grace.   The Bible makes it clear that there is an authority structure within the marriage relationship that is inherent to marriage itself and not the result of the fall nor is it negated by the gospel.  Both the husband and the wife have a unique […]

Honor The Emperor

Text: 1 Peter 2:13-17   We are citizens best when we’re servants first.   The church has historically fluctuated between extremes when it comes to our engagement with politics and involvement within government institutions.  We are either overly engaged or neglectfully disengaged.  Peter reminds us that God has a good plan for the government and calls […]