Contributed on Sep 29, 2013
The Living Christ is the source of our new birth & our living hope. If you have a living hope in the living Christ you can deal with your past failures & present difficulties because of your future blessings. God’s glorious best for you lies ahead.
1 PETER 1: 3-6 [Renewing Hope Series] A LIVING HOPE [ Mark 16:1-8 ] The power with which Peter aims to equip these beleaguered saints is the power of hope. [If they, or we, are going to live and love like Jesus commands us, even in times of great stress and worry, then they, and we, ...read more
Contributed on Nov 4, 2013
These verses stress the great and costly work of redemption. Redemption was God¡¯s greatest work. As great as all creation is, it cannot compare with the work of redemption.
1 PETER 1: 18 -21 [Renewing Hope Series] COSTLY REDEMPTION [Hebrews 10:1-10] These verses stress the great and costly work of redemption (CIT). Redemption was God's greatest work. As great as all creation is, it cannot compare with the work of redemption. Christ work of redemption was ...read more
Contributed on Nov 21, 2013
Birth must be followed by nurture. Just as a natural baby requires milk in order to be nourished & to grow, so must a spiritual baby have the milk of God¡¯s Word in order to be nourished and to grow up in Christ.
1 PETER 2: 1-3 [Renewing Hope Series] DESIRING ETERNAL GROWTH [Philippians 3:7-14] God's imperishable Word stands forever. This imperishable Word was the content of Peter's preaching (1:12, 25). He preached the Word for God's Word has life. He preached the Word for God's Word gives life. ...read more
Contributed on Nov 25, 2013
A spiritual temple requires a very specific kind of building material. It is to be built of living stones—the very lives of those who have become spiritually alive through faith in Jesus Christ. Such building must begin with Jesus for He alone is the foun
1 PETER 2: 4-6 [Renewing Hope Series] JESUS CHRIST--THE CORNERSTONE [Matthew 7: 24-27 / Ephesians 2:20--22] God has called us to the life of building, not destroying. After Peter has instructed us to rid ourselves of evil and to grow up in our salvation, he proceeds to tell us how to do ...read more
Contributed on Dec 15, 2013
Peter addresses the church and communicates the glad tidings that we, the people of God, possess tremendous privileges. The Church is privileged in that it is able to shine with & proclaim the excellencies of God.
1 Peter 2: 9 & 10 THE PEOPLE OF GOD [Renewing Hope Series] [Exodus 19:5-6 / Isaiah 43:20-21] A story is told of a hitchhiker who was trying to get a ride one night in Las Angles. A car pulled over to pick him up. When the hitchhiker got into the car he saw the face of the driver and ...read more
Contributed on Jan 6, 2014
Peter indicates that our salvation should impact how we related to governmental authority. Submission is not a popular topic, but it is needful, in our rebellious & self-gratifying society. Submission is recognition of God¡¯s right to govern our lives.
1 PETER 2: 13-17 RESPECT CIVIL AUTHORITY [Renewing Hope Series] [Romans 13:1-7 / Acts 4:19-20; 5:29] From this point on 1 Peter discusses the effect of our salvation on our life and relationships. Because of our fallen understanding, what living the Christian life entails needs to be ...read more
Contributed on Jan 19, 2014
Christians are called to follow Christ's example in suffering even while doing what is right. Christ Himself suffered unjustly & left us an example of how to suffer & that good can be brought about through suffering.
1 PETER 2: 21-25 [Renewing Hope Series] THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST'S REDEMPTIVE SUFFERINGS [Luke 24:25-27; 44-47 / Matthew 5:9-12] In Peter 2:21-25 God redirects the attention of suffering Christians to the sufferings of Christ. By looking to Jesus the Christian who suffers unjustly ...read more
Contributed on Feb 24, 2014
Just as it was His will for Christ to suffer for doing good, it is sometimes His will for His children to suffer for doing good. We need to be prepared for the suffering that comes into our life so that we might grow in the grace God grants His suffering
1 PETER 4: 1-6 [Renewing Hope Series] ARMED AGAINST SUFFERING [Romans 6:1-8] Peter’s helpful and encouraging teaching on the subject of suffering continues in chapter 4. We have been learning to hope and trust in our Lord, even in unjust suffering. Hope keeps us faithful and ...read more
Contributed on Mar 3, 2014
Peter gives his readers some very practical instructions on how to end our time on this earth so that we are properly prepared for our eternal future. This basic instruction contains some wise counsel regarding Christian living & ministry
1 PETER 4: 7-11 [Renewing Hope Series] PREPARING FOR THE END [Luke 12:35-43] The Bible here sounds a note of warning and motivation, the end is at hand! And because the end is near, there are some specific ways we should be living out the will of God. So Peter gives his readers some very ...read more
Contributed on Mar 30, 2014
God¡¯s hand, if submitted to, will humble us so that God can do His great work in our life. God works in & on our life to transform us into Christ-likeness. This great work is of grace. God grants the grace necessary for spiritual growth to the humble
1 PETER 5: 5-7 [Renewing Hope Series] THE HAND OF GOD [John 13:1-17] The eminent apostle who was called to shepherd the sheep through feeding the sheep is here again about his calling. The preceding verses emphasized the ministry of the shepherd, now this elder shepherd who loved Jesus ...read more
Contributed on Mar 10, 2014
Suffering for the Christian must be seen in the perspective of eternity. The glory of the Lord lies ahead. It is suffering & then glory. Not to have the suffering means not to have the glory.
1 PETER 4: 12-19 [Renewing Hope Series] EXAMINING OUR SUFFERING [2 Corinthians 4:11-18 / Psalm 31] What do you do when the rug is pulled out from under you? Do you panic? Do you get angry? Do you doubt the Lord¡¯s love for you? Do you trust God to get you through the tough times? Peter ...read more
Contributed on Oct 13, 2013
After beginning his letter with hope & encouragement, Peter proceeds with loving counsel for those who are facing trials & suffering. He shares with a suffering church various results that develop out of the trials which God allows to come into our lives.
1 PETER 1: 6-9 [Renewing Hope Series] OUR PRESENT JOY [James 1:2-4 / Romans 5: 3-5] Our faith in Jesus Christ and His resurrection from the dead not only fills us with a living hope but also with joy inexpressible and full of glory. As we endure the trials of life God refines our faith ...read more
Contributed on Oct 21, 2013
The living hope of the new birth springs not only from believers¡¯ future inheritance & present joy but also out of their faith in God¡¯s written Word. Here Peter examines the Great Hope of Eternal Salvation from the viewpoint of 4 divine agents involved wi
1 PETER 1: 10-12 [Renewing Hope Series] THE HOPE OF ETERNAL SALVATION [Matthew 13: 16-17 / 2 Peter 1:20-21] The story began one summer's day toward the end of the nineteenth century when an English city boy was on A VISIT TO RURAL SCOTLAND. That afternoon the boy went swimming in a ...read more