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  • Blameless Living Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Apr 16, 2021
     | 176 views

    Peter called his readers to fortify their testimonies with two crucial aspects of righteous living: 1) a personal, godly discipline that is inward and private 1 Peter 2 :11), and a 2) personal, godly deportment that is outward and public 1 Peter 2 :12).

    1 Peter 2:11-12 [11] Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. [12] Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the ...read more

  • Children Of Light Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Apr 9, 2021
     | 143 views

    Believers in Christ are: 1) A People of God’s Possession (1 Peter 2:9c), 2) A People of Proclamation (1 Peter 2:9d), 3) A Privileged People (1 Peter 2:9e) and finally, 4) A Pardoned People (1 Peter 2:10).

    1 Peter 2:9–10 (9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood), a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not ...read more

  • The Living Cornerstone Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Apr 3, 2021
     | 101 views

    1Peter 2:6-9b. “The Living Cornerstone” 1) Coming to the Living Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:6), in having: 2) Affection for the Living Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:7-8), that believers are: 3) Chosen by the Living Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:9a), resulting in 4) Serving with the Living Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:9b).

    1 Peter 2:6-9b 6 For it stands in Scripture: "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame." 7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected ...read more

  • The Living Stone Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Mar 26, 2021
     | 311 views

    God’s construction involves 1) Living Stones (1 Peter 2:4-5a), functioning as 2) Living Priests (1 Peter 2:5b), offering 3) Living Sacrifices (1 Peter 2:5c).

    Luke 19:28–40 28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, ...read more

  • The Word Of God

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Mar 19, 2021
     | 255 views

    Scripture is 1) Permanent (Psalm 119:89-91), 2) Precious (Psalm 119:92-93), 3) Preserving (Psalm 119:94-95) and 4) Perfect (Psalm 119:96)

    Psalm 119:89-96 89 Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. 90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. 91 By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants. 92 If your law had not been my delight, I ...read more

  • His Mighty Word Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Mar 13, 2021
     | 299 views

    1 Peter 2:1-3. “His Mighty Word” 1) Remember our Life Source (1 Peter 2:1a), 2) Eliminate our Sins (1 Peter 2:1b), 3) Admit our Need (1 Peter 2:2a), 4) Pursue Spiritual Growth (1 Peter 2:2b), and 5) Survey our Blessings (1 Peter 2:3).

    1 Peter 2:1-3 1So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, -- that by it you may grow up into salvation 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. (ESV) A recent report from the Christian ministry ...read more

  • Love One Another Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Mar 4, 2021
     | 254 views

    1) When were believers enabled to love? (1 Peter 1:22a), 2) Who are believers to love? (1 Peter 1:22b),3) How are believers to love?, (1 Peter 1:22c) and finally, 4) Why are believers to love? (1 Peter 1:23-25)

    1 Peter 1:22–25. 22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for “All flesh is ...read more

  • Redeemed With Precious Blood Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Mar 1, 2021
     | 724 views

    1) What did God redeem believers from? (1 Peter 1:18a), 2) What did He redeem them with? (1 Peter 1:18b-19) 3) By whom did He redeem them? (1Peter 1:20a), and finally, 4) For what did He redeem them? (1Peter 1:20b-21).

    1 Peter 1:18–21. 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world ...read more

  • Faith In Action Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Feb 20, 2021
     | 454 views

    God expects: “Faith in action” that Believers Must Respond with: 1) Hope (1 Peter. 1:13), 2) Holiness (1 Peter 1:14-16), and 3) Honor (1 Peter 1:17).

    1 Peter 1:13-17 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is ...read more

  • True Love Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Feb 12, 2021
     | 315 views

    1) The Foretelling of Heavenly Love (1 Peter 1:10-11a), 2) The Founding of Heavenly Love (1 Peter 1:11b-12a) 3) The Forthtelling of Heavenly Love (1 Peter 12b), and 4) The Fathoming of Heavenly Love (1 Peter 12c).

    1 Peter 1:10-12 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories.12 It ...read more

  • The Confidence Of The Faithful Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Feb 6, 2021
     | 599 views

    1) Confidence in a Protected Inheritance (1 Peter 1:6a), in a 2) Proven Faith (1 Peter 1:6b–7a), in a 3) Promised Honor, in a 4) Personal Fellowship with Christ (1 Peter 1:1:8), and in a 5) Present Deliverance (1 Peter 1:1:9).

    1 Peter 1:6–9 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the ...read more

  • The Blessed Hope Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jan 29, 2021
     | 1,063 views

    1) The Source of our Blessed Hope (1 Peter 1:3), 2) The Surety of our Blessed Hope (1 Peter 1:4), and 3) The Salvation of our Blessed Hope (1 Peter 1:5).

    1 Peter 1:3-5 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, ...read more

  • "chosen": The Elements Of Election Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jan 22, 2021
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     | 547 views

    The 1) Condition (1 Pt. 1:1a), 2) Nature (1 Pt. 1:1b), 3) Source (1 Pt. 1:2a), 4) Sphere (1 Pt. 1:2b), 5) Effect (1 Pt. 1:2c), 6) Security (1 Pt. 1:2d), and 7) The Advantages of Election (1 Pt. 1:2e).

    1 Peter 1:1–2. 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his ...read more

  • When Revival Comes Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jan 15, 2021
     | 539 views

    Ezra 9:5-9 shows us three ways that Revival Comes: 1) When people acknowledge their Personal Sinfulness (Ezra 9:5-6), 2) When people acknowledge their Collective Responsibility (Ezra 9:7), 3) When people acknowledge their Godly Activity (Ezra 9:8-9)

    Ezra 9:5-9 5 And at the evening sacrifice I rose from my fasting, with my garment and my cloak torn, and fell upon my knees and spread out my hands to the LORD my God, 6 saying: “O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift my face to you, my God, for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, ...read more

  • The Revival Of Praise & Worship Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jan 8, 2021
     | 912 views

    In Psalm 145, we see The Revival of Praise & Worship through the adoration of three things: 1) God’s Greatness (Psalm 145:1–6) 2) God’s Goodness (Psalm 145:7–10) 3) God’s Government (Psalm 145:11–13) and 4) God’s Grace (Psalm 145:14–21).

    Psalm 145:1–21 I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall commend your works to another, and ...read more