Month: July 2016

1 Peter 2:13-17

This morning we are going to look at the passage from the perspective of Paul in Romans 13 as well as Peter. It’s important to realize that the earliest Church fathers were in agreement about the relationship between the church and the government. The early church was not a revolutionary movement. It was not a conservative movement. It was a fellowship of foreigners and exiles living temporarily i ...[Read More]

1 Peter 2:1-12

In 2 Chronicles we read the stories of two kings: Josiah and Jehoiakim. They are father and son but they could not be more different in every way. Josiah became king at eight years old. When he was sixteen he “began to seek the God of his father David” and at twenty he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, carved idols and cast images. When he was twenty-six he began to re ...[Read More]

I Peter 1:1-12

Peter is writing to a church that enjoyed some initial success with fast growth and considerable popularity in the first days. However, that soon changed and Peter is now writing to a scattered population of believers who were forced by persecution to leave Jerusalem. 1.  Acts 2: “They enjoyed the favor of all the people”. Acts 8 – Stoning of Stephen: “On that day, a great persecution broke ...[Read More]

1 Peter 1:13- 25

This morning we are looking at the second half of the first chapter and I want to mention five or six things here. First, Peter is encouraging the early and scattered church to prepare their minds for action. Literally, he is saying stand “on the balls of your feet” and be ready to move. Don’t be flat-footed in the faith. It’s not enough to know more if we have lost the abi ...[Read More]