Month: September 2012

1 Peter 2:18-25

1.  There are several sub-themes in the passage this morning but they all support the major theme about which Peter is writing the church: the rules of our relationships with people in our lives. This first verse and the final verse serve as book-ends in a way. The term “submit” carries a good deal of baggage and it is oftentimes used to mean “cringe in fear” or be like a broken horse. It is not t ...[Read More]

1 Peter 2:11-17

These are big themes this morning and they are about the tensions in the life of a Christian. In some ways they reflect the tension in the life of Peter himself – an impetuous firebrand when young and now an older and more moderate leader of the early church. They reflect the tension of the young believers working to figure out their identity. Are they Jewish or Gentile? Should they fight for thei ...[Read More]

1 Peter 1:1-12

1.   Acts 2: “They enjoyed the favor of all the people.” Acts 8 – Stoning of Stephen: “On that day, a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem and all except the apostles were scattered.” This meant thousands of people left Jerusalem and moved back to their homes after Passover or they fled individually or in groups to places all over Asia Minor. Much like the Mormon ...[Read More]