August 2018

Sojourners and Exiles

Text: 1 Peter 2:11-12   Be holy from the inside out.   God calls us to take off our masks and be whole people wholly devoted to him and to his kingdom.  There is no such thing as “dual-citizenship” in the kingdom of God.  We are called out of darkness and into life, adopted as children […]

July 2018

Living Stones

Text: 1 Peter 2:4-10   This is bigger than me.   In our sin, we tend to think more of ourselves than we should.  We forget that when we come to Christ we are adopted into a family.  We are assembled into a body.  We are raised into an army.  In these verses, Peter reminds us […]

Love One Another

Text: 1 Peter 1:22-2:3   Loved people love people.   Because of the presence of sin in our lives and in our world, everything is subject to decay and disharmony.  Just like the grass and flowers bloom for a season so our lives fade briefly.  But beyond just our physical health and lives our relationships tend […]

Conduct Yourselves With Fear

Text: 1 Peter 1:17-21   Stay clean and stay close.   Scripture teaches us that who we are determines what we do. Peter has told us that God has given us a new identity, a new future, and a new family. Since we are now his children we must live lives of holiness that bring […]

You Shall Be Holy

1 Peter 1:13-16   A hope filled life is a holy life.   Peter has reflected on the new life and new identity declared to us in the truths and the promises of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  This knowledge now compels us into a life of obedience and faith.  To live this life of obedience and […]

June 2018

Angels Long To Look

1 Peter 1:10-12   It’s not about us.   In these opening verses of his letter, Peter has been dwelling on the gift of grace that we understand to be the gospel.  He has looked at it from the perspective of the Father who has caused to be born and who is keeping guard over […]

The Outcome Of Faith

1 Peter 1:6-9   Keep your eyes on the prize.   The Lord is honest about the life into which he has called his children, it is riddled with trials.  The trials of our lives are the crucibles in which we are refined and molded for our good and for God’s glory.  Peter reminds us […]

Grace And Peace

1 Peter 1:1-2   Remember whose you are.   What will happen when we truly LIVE SENT?  If we take the mission of Jesus Christ seriously, then God’s word promises that people will be changed by the power of the gospel.  But there is a warning as well.  The world loves darkness more than light.  […]