Summary: From 1 Peter Series: What were some of the issues in Peter’s heart he had to overcome in order to be used by God in fulness?
VCC July 26, 1998
Written by Peter
Acts 4:13, described as unlearned and ignorant men
This means that they did not go through formal religious training, NOT professional religious leaders
He had simply been with Jesus for 3 years
He simply had been baptised in the Holy Spirit and allowed Him to work in His life.
Peter was one of the apostles that founded the early church
Eph. 2:20--church is built on the work of apostles and prophets.
Written to believers that were scattered around northern Asia Minor (modern Turkey).
They were going through a time of suffering and persecution.
Themes in 1 Peter
Fifteen times Peter refers to suffering, and used 8 different words to do so.
Reasons they were suffering
Because they were living godly lives and doing what was good and right (2:19-23; 3:14-18; 4:1-4, 15-19
Suffering reproach for the name of Christ (4:14)
Being railed at by unsaved people (3:9-10)
Peter wanted to encourage them and help them remember that their suffering would lead to glory (1:6,7; 4:13-14; 5:10)
Glory (1:7,8,11,21; 2:12: 4:11-16; 5:1,4,10,11)
Hope = a confident assurance of the future glory and blessing of God.
living hope (1:3)
hope till the end (1:13)
Defend the hope (3:15)
Christian wives hope 3:5)
1 Peter 1:2, Chosen by God (also 2:9)
IN God’s foreknowledge
Before we loved Him, God fore knew us and loved us and did things to draw us to Himself.
How Trinity Works in the New Birth
Before foundation of World , Father sets his love personally on us and as far as He is concerned I was saved when He chose me in Christ.
I was saved when Jesus died on the cross from my sins and purchased me.
I was saved on night at a revival service at Cross Roads BiC Church as Holy Spirit convicted me and I received Holy Spirit’s indwelling in my heart.
ELECT = God doing anything that our merit and power have no part in.
1:3, Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ we are given new birth
1 Peter 1:23-25, Born again through the living Word of God.
We have been chosen for a purpose and a goal.
Like the NBA draft... or picking up teams...you are chosen for a goal...win at the game at hand.
Chosen to receive a goal.
1:3, we have a living hope--hope always has a future goal.
Living hope has to do with the power of the HS that raised Christ from the dead.
1:4, You have an inheritance.
2 Peter 1:10,11, Make your calling and election sure...receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom.
1:5, the coming salvation ready to be revealed in the last time
Second coming of Christ
The manifestation of the sons of God, church coming to power, ruling and reigning with Christ.
Romans 8:18-19...creation awaits in eager anticipation for the sons of God to be revealed.
1:9, the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1:11, the glories of Christ that follow
The testing between being chosen and receiving the goal.
Like hyperextending arm before nationals, the opponets, no coach, 2nd seed in nation
Obstacles are always in the way to our goal.
James 1:2-4,12, Persevere so that you may get what you are going for!